Hi there and welcome to mmm-yoso!!! Cathy is writing today while Kirk is busy vacationing and Ed (from Yuma) is busy planning on vacationing.
In between 'staycationing' around this large County of San Diego, there have been daily chores, gardening, tying loose ends and general catching up. On the days when neither The Mister nor I feel like cooking, we've found a place close to home. In the same mall as Pho Ca Do, which Kirk posted about in February, is Santee's newest (and fifth) Sushi bar.
Located across the street from the Post Office, this location is convenient for anyone who shops at the Costco a block away. You'll notice the signage indicating traditional rolls are 50% off. Special rolls are 30% off. I still don't understand this whole marketing of discounted rolls, since I never have seen any sold at full price.
Neat and clean, the fairly large space (there's an additional zashiki room (you sit on pillows on the floor) in the back) has a sushi bar spanning the length of the room- more than 12 seats. Of course there are two televisions on the wall behind the sushi bar.
Tea here is $1 per person. It's green tea.
One time we ordered the Rainbow Roll ('regular' price $13 final price $6.50)
This roll is remarkable in that there isn't much rice. I sometimes feel some places overfill their rolls with rice and that takes away from the fish flavor. However the rice used here is a very good sushi rice.
The spicy tuna salad ($7.95) was quite spicy. I had to add soy sauce to 'cut' some of the heat. The vegetables were fresh and crispy and there was a good amount of tuna, but the 'spicy' kind of ruined it for me. The Mister ordered the chicken Katsu don meal, which came with the above salad as well as a choice of gyoza or California roll. The gyoza was filled with a good amount of pork and was very fresh tasting. The chicken Katsu was lightly breaded, fried crispy and topped with a soft scramble of egg, a house made Katsu sauce that was slightly sweet and slightly spicy and some sesame seeds. It was *very* good.
One visit, we shared the agedashi tofu ($3.25). Lightly (corn starch or potato starch) coated and fried crispy soft tofu served in a warm dashi-mirin-soy based broth. Again, very good and something I could eat as a main dish...
The Veggie Roll ('regular' price $8, so final price $4) and Hamachi Maki ('regular' $6 final price $3). The hamachi was unremarkable, the Veggie Roll I will get again. There is the 'inner roll' that is wrapped with seaweed, a thin layer of good sushi rice and the final outer roll is wrapped with soy paper. I liked this one.
The Rainbow Salad ($12.95) is an even better version of the Rainbow Roll. No rice, plenty of all the same fish that are on the Rainbow Roll on top of crispy lettuces, cucumber and other vegetables topped with a not overpowering sesame-soy based dressing.
Takka is a nice addition to the neighborhood.
Takka Sushi Bar & Grill 9535 Mission Gorge Road Santee 92071 (619) 562-8006 Mon-Sat 11-9, Sun 12:30-9