Over the summer of 2013, this restaurant had changed ownership from the daughter of the Japanese founder to new Chinese owners. I was told the food quality is now nowhere near where it used to be. I am a frequent customer here and even recommended many people to visit (and even wrote a review earlier), so I gave it the benefit of doubt until I try it myself. And I would have to say, the food quality had drop so much and yet the price had increased by about 10-20%. We ordered a few appetizers, mixed sushi plate, tonkatsu, mixed tempura. Appetizer: Tuna Tatar was overly mash and not seasoned enough, the deep fried squid was cold, very soft and soggy as though it had been cook much earlier and left there the whole evening but the saving grace was the seaweed salad which still tasted fresh. The mix sushi plate was a disappointment. The salmon pieces were very obviously smaller and worse was the squid sushi. It tasted really strange and even the texture was gooey, unlike how a fresh piece would've been fresh and a just a slight rubbery texture to it. It felt like some pre-pack defrosted squid from the local Asian grocer. I had to spit it out because I couldn't swallow it down. Tonkatsu (deep fried pork fillet) was either over fried or the fillet size had shrunk and had heavy taste of pork to it. The accompanying dip sauce was a very salty dark brown sauce, not a usual tonkatsu sauce which is a savory and well balance of sweet & salty sauce. The tempura was a mixed bag. The fried vegetables were good but not the shrimps. Again, it tasted like defrosted pre-packed shrimp tempura that I usually get from the Asian grocer. Dip sauce with the chopped radish was still up to par. We didn't even bother to order any desserts. I wouldn't mind paying the increased in price if they had at least maintain the quality. However, right from the first dish till the end it's obvious that the new owner/cook is trying to cut corners on the food quality by the low quality ingredients used. This definitely left a bad taste in the mouth (pun intended). This would be the last time I am visiting this restaurant. If you want such quality Japanese food, you are better off eating in the many sushi shops popping up in Helsinki without having to pay premium price for it. This is an embarrassment for such a well-known sushi establishment.
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