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Watch: 30 Second Sushi in Downtown Napa

In our video, sushi chef Heri Miranda prepares a Saba-Dabba-Do roll and a side order of ikura nigiri at longtime downtown Napa restaurant Sushi Mambo.

Sushi Mambo is definitely not your average Japanese restaurant: The sushi chefs are Latino and the music is vintage R & B. 

But this family-owned business, located in a landmark building on First Street at Coombs Plaza in downtown Napa, is a longtime locals' favorite. 

Owner/chef Jose Cazares learned Japanese in his apprenticeship with a San Francisco sushi chef, while manager/owner Renee Cazares was a Japanese translator when they met. The two, parents of three children, have been serving sushi, tempura, katsu, sukiyaki and other Japanese fare at Sushi Mambo since 1997.

In addition to winning numerous local and regional awards for cuisine, Sushi Mambo was also chosen as a lunch spot by U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, who dined there just weeks before his death at 88 last December.

In our video, Sushi Mambo's Heri Miranda prepares a Saba-Dabba-Doo roll (salmon, tuna and mackerel) and an order of ikura (salmon roe) nigiri for Patch. 

Miranda has worked for Sushi Mambo for four years, he said. Renee Cazares credits him with inventing the restaurant's Hottie roll, a spicy concoction with panko-fried shrimp in the mix.

Sushi Mambo's menu is online at sushimambonapa.com/; click the link marked "Feeling Special?" for a list of the restaurant's many original creations.

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Louisa Hufstader May 02, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Trivia: The music playing in the background of the video comes from a boxed set of Louis Jordan CDs for which I wrote the liner notes a few years back. (This was not planned when I made the video, but I did give Renee the set because I know she loves vintage R&B.) Extra trivia: When researching Jordan for the liner notes, I found a British biography of him in storage at the St. Helena Public Library! Still scratching my head about that. Miss y'all - Louisa on Martha's Vineyard (marthasvineyard.patch.com)
Keri Brenner May 02, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Miss you too, Louisa!

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