Omakase-Only Sushi Bar Coming To San Diego's Kearny Mesa

April 27, 2018

An omakase-only sushi bar is setting up shop near San Diego’s Convoy District. Slated to debut as early as this Summer, Hidden Fish will offer an intimate experience with only 13 seats and 30-minute or 90-minute seating options.

No miso soup or California rolls will be found at Hidden Fish. Chef John Hong (aka Chef Kappa) will provide a premium sushi experience with each piece of fish made as an exhibition of culinary art. Think truffles, caviar and uni. The multi-course, chef's choice menu will be the main focus of the new Japanese eatery opening on Convoy Street this July. Influenced by sushi bars from Tokyo, as well as New York City’s hit Sushi on Jones, Hidden Fish will combine traditional techniques, high-end ingredients and top-quality seafood. Inside its 1,000-square-foot space, the 13-seat sushi bar will dedicate eight seats for a 30-minute, 12-piece omakase menu for $50 while five seats will be reserved for a more leisurely 90-minute meal featuring 18 pieces for $90.

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With 14 years of professional sushi-making under his belt, chef John Hong, will showcase that a sushi experience can be enjoyed at a quick pace without sacrificing quality. Hong was the lead sushi chef at the Gaslamp’s Bang Bang restaurant since its inception in 2013. At Hidden Fish, his menu is expected to include such items as yellowtail nigiri with soy-based chimichurri, bluefin tuna zuke with black truffle and micro shiso, and scallop and uni with plum salt and pickled wasabi root. Hidden Fish will source delicacies from the sea from around the globe - including a rotating selection direct from Japan’s renowned Tsukiji Fish Market. High-end ingredients like caviar and truffle will be incorporated with fresh seafood. Though diners will have to relinquish their sushi bar seats when their 30 or 90-minute dining sessions are up, there will be a separate lounge area for pre-or-post meal relaxing with a glass of beer, wine or sake.

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Hidden Fish is expected to open by this June/July at 4764 Convoy St. Ste A, in Kearny Mesa. For more information, visit