Happy Hour at Sushi Martini
By Alisha Fleming
My two hobbies in life are eating good food and affording my rent, which is why I seek out the best happy hour deals from around the Inland Empire. Today’s happy hour choice is hands-down one of my favorite places.
Sushi Martini is located in Rancho Cucamonga on the southeast corner of Foothill Boulevard and Aspen Street. It’s a bit tucked away and not visible from the street, and I would have never noticed it if it hadn’t been for local ads.
The interior of the restaurant is classy and sleek with a bar in front and a dining area large enough to accommodate big parties.
Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 3-6 p.m. Specials include Nigiri sushi and a large array of different Maki rolls ranging from your standard spicy tuna rolls to more specialty pieces like Citrus Roll or Bomb.com roll (both pictured). The prices are reasonable, especially during happy hour, where the rolls cost from $4 to $9 depending on the type of fish and complexity of the roll. Nigiri sushi comes in three pieces instead of the standard two, which makes the restaurant's seemingly regular price of around $4 actually pretty great.
Let’s not forget the drinks. The place is called Sushi Martini after all. it has a variety of cocktails, sake, beer and wine available at reduced prices. Select martinis are discounted to $6 and well drinks are $4. If you want to keep things authentic, a large house sake is only $5, which is perfect for sharing (or not). Beers run from $3 to $3.50 per pint or $4.50 to $5 for a tall. And we can’t forget the wine, which is almost a steal at $5 a glass.
As for the taste, I’ve had a lot of sushi in my life and it has ranged from excellent to “I hope I feel okay tomorrow.” Sushi Martini comes in on the blissfully tasty end of the scale. The fish looks, smells and tastes fresh. The ingredients are vibrant and appealing. Essentially, it rates as one of the best valued happy hour spots in the area.
For those of you who can’t make it before 6 p.m., there is still a great "all you can eat" option. I’m always a bit leery of AYCE sushi places, but the quality of the food makes it worth it in this case.
Until next time, Cheers!
Sushi Martini is located at 8153 Aspen St. in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Hours are 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/SushiMartiniRestaurant/ or call (909) 948-7555
We're proud to announce our new contributing writer Alisha Fleming. Born and raised in Southern California, food, drinks, and friends are my passion. By day, Alisha spends my time as a behavior analyst, supervision intensive in-home behavior therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum. But when she’s not working, she’s usually eating or cooking and spending time with friends and fiancé. She dedicates time and effort to find the best happy hour deals in the Inland Empire. Now she’s ready to share that information with all of us!