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Shawna Nadelman is a Gemini vegetarian who enjoys long walks on the beach and curling up on the couch to take in the latest episode of, well anything on Bravo. The staff at Trader Joe’s (the Encinitas location) know her by name. She can spout off almost any celebrity’s dating history, refer to Friends episodes in daily conversation and would give anything to marry a man like Coach Eric Taylor (of Friday Night Lights). She’s never met a ruffle, oversized flower or horizontal stripe that she didn't love and though her entire wardrobe hails from J.Crew and Anthropologie, she'll never buy an item at full price (momma loves a good sale!). Sure, some may argue she's the whitest gal they know, but (surprise!) she's fluent in Spanish and left a part of her heart in Madrid, Spain after a summer abroad in college. Her family is her everything and she certainly does not deserve her friends. Left to her own devices, she could probably finish off a jar of peanut/almond butter in one sitting.

Sabuku Sushi In San Diego’s Normal Heights

My name is Shawna and I’m a sushi-a-holic. But despite my boundless love for seaweed-wrapped bites of rice and fish, there was a time, not long ago in fact, when the thought of consuming raw seafood made me cringe. But one delicious experience later and I can proudly say that my sushi-fearing ways are long over.

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And if you’re anything like the former me, I can’t think of a more ideal place to embark on your personal sushi journey than by sampling the one of a kind creations at Sabuku Sushi in Normal Heights. The creative rolls found on this hip eatery’s menu make sushi approachable to everyone. And that’s exactly what chef and owner Bob Pasela set out to do when he opened Sabuku Sushi. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Bob sought to compose a menu combining the flavors of East Coast fare (think red meat, pork and all things deliciously salty) with the traditional flavor profiles of Japanese cuisine. The result is some of the most eclectically delicious sushi rolls I have ever tasted. Seriously, ever.

“You can’t just say ‘I don’t like sushi’ because sushi encompasses so many things. We wanted to create a menu where everyone can find something they loved.” (Bob Pasela, Chef and Owner)

Whether you’re a carnivore or vegetarian, prefer your fish raw or tempura fried, and most definitely if you’re a bacon aficionado, there is a menu option or five waiting for you. The menu is broken down into categories to help you navigate; such categories include “Cooked Up Creations” where the rolls all include meat that has been cooked through (these would be great for those “new” to sushi and still leery of the whole eating raw fish concept), “Beggin’ for Bacon;” you guessed it, this section features six rolls where thick-sliced, hickory smoked and honey-cured bacon strips are the star, “Healthy Happenings” for those watching their girlish figures, and “Tenaciously Tuna” which highlights a dozen tuna-themed creations. It is important to note that each menu entry lists every ingredient used in its composition, which, for someone with a few food allergies, is helpful to know.

For our first Sabuku experience, my guy and I decided to order a sampling of items from the menu. When all was said and done I’m going to venture and say that there were upwards of 50 pieces of sushi in front of us that evening, and do you know what? We were darn sure that no sushi was left behind that night. Just call us honorary members of the clean plates club. And how could you blame us? The flavor combinations of each of the rolls made them simply irresistible.

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Also irresistible? Their Tempura Fried Ice Cream. Sandwiched between layers of pound cake comes your choice of vanilla or green tea ice cream. The entire dessert is then battered and flash fried comes served with both chocolate and caramel sauce and fluffy peaks of whipped cream. I think my guy captured the flavor experience best when upon his first bite he shouted, “It tastes like a carnival!” (but without the carnies).

Whether you’re a sushi connoisseur or very green to the raw fish craze, Sabuku Sushi has something to appease every palette personality. Pop in their laid-back location in Normal Heights, order a flight of sake for the table (they even have flav0r-induced varieties!), and get ready for some of the most delicious sushi you’ve ever tasted. I suggest you warn your taste buds in advance.



Sabuku Sushi
3027 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Ph: 619-281-9700


Sunday -Wednesday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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