This is one of those gems that you know towns have, but that you must wait patiently for the information on the place to materialize when its ready to be found.
And so the recommendation for Sushi Fresh came from some business people from Moorpark, and it turns out this little eatery is totally close to where I stay when visiting Camarillo. We heard it was in the Lewis area and drove round and round, totally ignoring some dead end ghost town strip mall. Turns out, that’s exactly where it is, just across the street from the post office.
Walking in there, it’s like harps are playing as you enter into another dimension and are transported from Camarillo strip mall hell into a fun, colorful little shop and all the smiling people behind the counter greet you enthusiastically.
For that, I’m already sold. I loves me a good inviting atmosphere. But then they have yummy rolls, and the Sin Sen Lunch Combination of 6 pieces nigiri and 1 california roll for about $8.50 and my wallet is happy, too. Pay $3 more and you can upgrade your California roll to a choice of others. I got the Crunch roll that had shrimp in it, coated with crunchie something and drizzled with a sweet sauce. Yum.
Tea is hot and green and nutty, water glasses are big and frosty and icy, the people there are really really nice, I couldn’t ask for much more.
But I did get more: the smoked eel nigiri was the best I’ve ever had. I’m normally not that crazy about it and usually eat it first (to get it over with) or last (maybe I’ll be too full to eat it by then), but theirs was delicious.
Sin Sen Lunch Special, with upgrade (left) and without (right).
I do wish the rice was a little more seasoned. It seemed, well, totally unseasoned to me. And I did look under the fish in my nigiri and there was no little pat of wasabi, which I like, too. So perhaps it was a little bland to me, although that was very easy to rectify by adding more wasabi myself. Perhaps that’s how they want it, letting the customer decide what additional flavor to add. But I do know the wasabi could have been twice as strong, or I needed twice as much.Sushi Fresh