Posted 17 April 2009 - 08:22 PM
And the classical sushi pieces did not disappoint at all. Perfect fish and seafood on perfect rice (though the pieces were huge, almost tough to handle in one piece).
What I do not understand is the rave these places get for their "creative sushi". Being a sceptic from a previous visit curiosity still got the better of me and we ordered a crispy rock shrimp maki roll, some lobster tempura sushi and something else that I quickly forgot. These dishes, while certainly well prepared, almost spoiled our night. Already the fried seafood is slightly problematic next to the perfect raw preparations with all their "oceany" freshness. But the mayo-like sauces and almost cloying sweet flavors killed any subtlety and taste of the original product. We had to argue who would finish these dishes..... It saddens me that such perfect ingredients get pushed in a way that reminds me of cheesecake factory, especially as perfection is already right there.
I will go back happily but definitely stick to the classic stuff.
Posted 18 April 2009 - 08:38 AM
thanks much for your report.
Edited by opinionatedchef, 18 April 2009 - 08:39 AM.
Posted 24 September 2009 - 05:14 AM
As for the QP-and-tempura creations, I think that's part and parcel of being a sushi restaurant in suburban America nowadays. You're always going to have a certain percentage of diners who won't venture far past crab stick and eel, and those folks help pay the bills... but if a little spicy mayo helps to tempt them in more interesting directions, I'm all for it. It's like the argument that some used to make for white zinfandel: If it encourages people to start drinking actual wine instead of "hard lemonade" or whatever, that seems like a good thing.
"Brown food tastes better." - Chris Schlesinger
Posted 22 November 2009 - 12:09 PM
and since it was a rainy night and I'd read praise online, I figured what the heck.
It was a mistake. The rolls and pieces were big and clunky, not particularly imaginative, and all in all, Dullsville.
I came out of there thinking I should have sacked up and taken the drive to Natick.