I’ve seen ads for this place for quite some time now but never had the urge to try it out. They’re not really located in the Carmel Valley area that I normally frequent so it’s never been on my list of places to check out.
But before the SF trip, I wanted sushi so bad. But I was tired of all the sushi places that I frequent over and over and over again. I knew that Zip Fusion was a Korean owned sushi restaurant and it sounded really good that Wed night.
It’s located in a really tiny strip mall in Torrey Hills. You would totally drive past it if you weren’t pay attention. I can’t even tell you what’s in the mall b/c it was that small and I can’t even remember the names of any of the shops in that strip mall.
They offer the gimmicky 50% off certain rolls and nigiri. I used to be so excited about the 50% off deals until I realized that the ‘normal’ prices of these rolls/nigiri are priced sooo outrageously high (hence why the 50% is totally a gimmick and totally necessary).
The restaurant was quite empty when we went that Wed night. Not always a good sign but hey, it’s Wednesday night in the Torrey Hills area.
- Spicy Seafood Salad $9.95
I really enjoyed this. Lots of fresh sashimi pieces (tuna, yellowtail, salmon, and maybe snapper). And the spicy dressing was indeed SPICY. Loves. And there’s something about the beautiful orange tobiko that makes any spicy seafood salad even better. So $9.95 for this salad wasn’t bad.
- Scallop $3.50 and Ono nigiri $4.00
MG knows one of my favorite things is raw hotate scallops. So he tries to order this for me whenever it’s available. It didn’t disappoint here – fresh and briny. There’s something about biting into a raw hotate and having it taste meaty and just delicious.
We originally thought they brought out the wrong nigiri (in the 2nd pic). It looked exactly like squid b/c of the horizontal slashes on top. But waitress asked sushi chef and he confirmed it was Ono. And OMG – this was *MY* favorite fish of the night. There was something so delicate and so beautifully soft about this fish. I don’t even know if I’ve ever had it before, especially in nigiri. But my goodness, this fish was sooo amazing. It’s in the white tuna family I believe. And so far, we haven’t been able to find another sushi place that has served Ono this good.
- Snapper nigiri $4.00 and Yellowtail nigiri $3.50
Both the snapper and yellowtail tasted nice but nothing amazing like the Ono nigiri that night. But look at the 3 types of tobiko they put on top of the yellowtail nigiri!
- Complimentary fried stuffed jalapeno
I wanted to order something fried for an appetizer but didn’t want to seem like a fatty to MG so this complimentary appetizer was sooo appreciated Granted, it was 1/2 a piece of a jalapeno to each person but whatever. It hit the spot man. Deep fried jalapeno that’s stuffed w/ cream cheese + krab = muy bueno for hungry girl.
- Soft shell crab $6.50
For those of you who read my blog, you’ve probably come to see that I love deep fried soft shell crab. Even if I’m not *that* hungry, and I see it on the menu, I must order it. It’s become my ‘go to thing’ to order at every Japanese restaurant. And well, folks, I must say that we were served THE tiniest, THE smallest, pip-squeak of a soft shell crab EVER. I mean. Like look at your index finger right now…come on…do it….that was about the size of this sucker. Regardless, it tasted ‘ok’ and the side salad that it came with was fresh although totally not necessary.
- Jalapeno lemon salmon sashimi $12.00
This was one of their specials that night. And the salmon slices were generous and tasted pretty fresh. Not sure why they put a slice of lemon on each piece – we tried to eat a piece w/ the lemon, jalapeno, and salmon but the lemon’s rind made it bitter. So maybe it’s purely for garnish. I was happy with the 5 pieces for $12 – thought it was a better than average value.
- Total $46.43
I’m going thru all my coupon books right now and I don’t see any deals for this restaurant. Strange. I know I’ve seen coupons for this place before but maybe they’ve stopped printing them. Regardless, I’d happily come back again to try out more items (and for the Ono nigiri!).
Zip Fusion11130 E Ocean Air Dr
San Diego, CA 92130
Neighborhood: Torrey Hills
So a few have asked me what’s up w/ Lifu the Dog. Even my mom and family have asked for an update on FayesFork and Lifu. He and I were getting along quite well and he was well on his way to becoming my sous chef and partner in crime (well, when it came to cooking and stuff). BUT. ( And this has nothing to do w/ MG now in my life…)
Lifu, I swear TO YOU, doesn’t understand English. Or Chinese. Or any language for that matter. Unless you have food, he could give two sh*ts about what’s going on in that moment.
AND. He has a propensity to run away Well…he doesn’t run b/c he’s kinda tubby and outta shape…so correction…he has a propensity to walk away.
Mochi busted my side screen door b/c when she came to live me last year, she would go through understandable separation anxiety and scratch the screen door. Me, being the cheapo and un-handy woman that I am, have not had that busted screen door fixed. Mochi never runs away so I was never worried.
Our dear Lifu, however, has discovered that hole in screen door, and if I don’t close the heavy glass door along w/ the screen door, he ALWAYS, and I mean ALWAYS, takes off. Luckily, I usually realize this and have caught him walking down the street or half way to the park – always so clueless BUT oh-so-happy. Half my neighbors know him b/c I’ve seen them holding him walking down my street asking who’s dog this was. And when I chase after him, and call his name, he won’t even turn around to look who’s calling his name. THAT’S why I swear he doesn’t understand English or Chinese.
SO few weeks ago, when MG and I were done w/ brunch, we came back. I thought we closed the side door. About 1/2 an hour passed and I heard Mochi whimpering which is completely not like her. MG went to check on her and he came back and said ‘I think Lifu is gone’. (This is what I love/hate about MG. He NEVER loses his sh*t. Like…about ANYTHING. Kinda is refreshing but drives me bonkers at same time right).
So I freak the eff out. And start looking throughout the house, the backyard, the front, the street, etc for him. Poor Mochi, as much as she hates him at times, was probably trying to tell us ‘ That f*cker just took off man…’….
I thought Lifu was a goner. Truly. MG and I were running all up and down the streets. At the park. Asking anyone and everyone we saw if they saw a small fat Asian chihuahua that doesn’t understand English (no joke). And everyone said no. I ran to neighbors house trying to ring on doorbell to ask for help. MG and I were freaked out b/c he was meeting my family in a few days and the thought of saying ‘hey, um…yeah…we kinda lost your dog’ didn’t appeal to us.
MG was talking to a couple that had a chihuahua and was asking them if they had seen Lifu. They said no but that they are walking back to their house so they will continue looking. MG took off in another direction while I decided to re focus on my street and see if I can get help. Out of the corner of my eye, I see that couple (with the chihuahua) speaking to a woman and then pointing to me. The woman had a flyer with her. Let me show you the flyer…
CAN. YOU. BELIEVE. THIS.
I blocked out the phone # as you can tell. But the woman, who lives TWO DOORS DOWN FROM ME (!!!!), said she found Lifu on her driveway, just kicking it. So she went around trying to ask if anyone knew who this dog was but no one did. So she took him inside and started making Found Flyers!!! This was her original but she also made like 20 black and whites of this photo.
30 minutes this dog was gone. When I ran into her house, Lifu was just sitting in the foyer, looking at the husband and the kids, with his tongue hanging out. He didn’t even ACKNOWLEDGE me. No ‘hey, what’s up’ or ‘hey, where’ve you been!?’ or ‘hi!’. And keep in mind that Sunday was HOTTTT so I was sweating up a storm and all dehydrated and hyperventilating from running around like a crazy person.
Needless to say, my relationship with Lifu has not been the same since then. I still love the bugger but man, he’s still in the dog house with me.
MG was saying that some guy said he THOUGHT he saw Lifu heading down the canyon. And MG said he (MG’s) shoulder just slumped and thought ‘oh man, which part of the canyon do I start looking first (b/c it’s a HUGE canyon)’. I have a pretty amazing guy in my corner – that’s for sure. He said he never doubted that we’d find Lifu but that it would just take time. But yeah, that when guy said canyon, MG was just like ‘wellllp, you gotta do what you gotta do man’.
My family jokes that I no longer love Lifu b/c I have a new man in my life. That’s 100% not true. I no longer love Lifu b/c he’s an SOB. That’s why. (I kid, I kid). My great uncle (who I love and look up to) gave my mom Lifu so I will always have soft spot for Lifu. But they joke that Lifu has done his duty to bring happiness and joy into my life and that maybe it’s time for him to move on to another sad person to bring joy to (seriously, I have the ODDEST family don’t I ??).
I hope this ridiculous story makes you laugh b/c it wasn’t as funny few weeks ago. Hope everyone is having a great week –