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Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar Restaurant Review: Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar is a South Coast Plaza hot-spot for sushi and contemporary Japanese fusion cuisine. Chef James Hamamori, who is known locally for his chain of more casual Wasa Sushi restaurants, has created a modern space with undulating white walls, crystal chandeliers, cream-colored chairs and turquoise and chrome accents. Regulars sit at the ten-seat sushi bar to enjoy sushi prepared by three chefs who shout their welcomes. But if you have come here for a fusion feast, then claim a comfortable table and prepare for an extravaganza. Start off by pairing a premium saké or white wine with the crispy calamari with yuzu miso. Or, begin with the crunchy and tender okaki-coated jumbo asparagus, which you dip in yuzu sea salt. Don’t miss the tamari-marinated black cod dish or the crisp-skinned madai with its accompanying rich consommé. Chef Hamamori appreciates European cuisine, as is evidenced in his tender Kobe beef medallion, which comes topped with a thin slice of caramelized Fuji apple surrounded by bits of dried fruit and a plum wine reduction. At meal’s end, try the kabocha squash flan served with fresh local berries.