Tabu Sushi a fresh alternative


Tabu Sushi in the Village of La Jolla isn’t your typical sushi restaurant.

“It’s very creative sushi — we’re more easy eating,” said Andy Sliuman, president of the family-owned and operated company at 7734 Girard Ave., which also has locations at 2689 Via de la Valle in Del Mar and 2986 Jamacha Road in El Cajon. “We specialize in rolls. That’s our biggest thing that everybody comes for.”

Fish is always fresh at Tabu Sushi, as it is delivered daily.

“We always rotate our fish,” Sliuman added. “We buy our own — and the next day, it’s gone. It’s another thing we specialize in.”

Tabu Sushi grew out of a conversation between Chef Tony Parker and co-owners Sliuman and Rudy Salazar in a Benihana restaurant more than six years ago. It culminated in creation of the 2,000-square-foot Rancho San Diego Tabu, which has since made Channel 10’s Top 10 List.

Besides a tasty, fresh menu, the restaurant — open for lunch and dinner — features a full bar with an excellent saki selection.

Tabu’s price range is midrange.

“The average ticket per person for dinner is under $20,” said Sliuman, noting that lunch bento boxes are available with dishes with a choice of beef, chicken or shrimp with soup and salad for under $10. Rolls twice the size of normal sell for $15.

Sliuman said it’s no accident that sushi is the latest dining trend.

“It’s not Italian anymore, it’s not even steak,” he said. “Sushi is one of those things that can be very healthy.”

Tabu has a health menu with selections picked out by a local fitness club personal trainer.

Hours at Tabu are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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