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Cheap Eats: C U Sushi

Delicious raw fish for minor ducats.


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C U Sushi in Walnut Creek combines two words that are music to fresh fish lovers’ ears: cheap and sushi.

Replacing Bijan on the corner of Locust Street and Giammona Drive, C U provides rock-solid fish at, while maybe not rock-bottom, totally reasonable prices. And that’s no accident. This is the owners’ second restaurant: the original is located in downtown Berkeley where it has built a glowing reputation providing reasonably priced sushi to the cash-strapped Cal crowd.

If you’re just looking for a cheap sushi fix, check out C U’s “50% off” menu filled with half-priced nigiri sushi in the $2 to $3 range. Combo specials are another good-value option. The lunch box specials offer rice, salad, miso soup, tempura, and gyoza, plus a meat option (chicken cutlet, salmon steak, and BBQ ribs among others) for $7.99–$10.99. Sushi combo specials (around $10) get you miso soup and two items of either sushi or various types of rolls.

Speaking of rolls, CU has more than 50 of them including fresh fish, baked, and tempura varieties. Options range from a standard rainbow roll (crab, avocado, and cucumber topped with fish for $9.95) to the more elaborate deep-fried H.O.T. roll ($8.95) with spicy tuna, cream cheese, gobo, avocado, and jalapeno. We loved the warm and comforting baked salmon roll with cream cheese, avocado, red onion, and crab, topped with baked salmon, amply proportioned for $8.95.

Keepin’ it Real: Sushi purists will be attracted to the chirashi bowl, a heaping helping of around a dozen pieces of sashimi atop a bowl of rice, that’s a steal for $13.95.

Heatin’ Up: CU also has hot entrées, including spicy chicken ($11.95), Japanese seafood pasta ($10.95), and udon ($8.95). 

C U Sushi, 1690 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 274-1767, cusushi.com. Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun.

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