My favorite sushi place in town, Midori, was too far, so I was meeting three friends at Miyako when we discovered Tenno had bought it out. Okay, the West End location is all right - no Koto, but all right. So I suggested we try it. Mistake. The salmon sushi was way below par, cuts of salmon that rightly belonged in a cheap salmon salad, or in a roll where they'd be hidden. The ikura was average. The eel sushi was dreadful; overcooked, dried out. The shrimp shumai, which should have come with mustard, came instead with a strange ponzu-like dipping sauce. The miso soup was watery, the seaweed salad was drowning in oil, and all in all there was absolutely nothing in anything the four of us ordered that I would recommend to a stranger, let alone a friend.
Adding insult to injury, they played opera - loudly - for the first half of our meal, and when we complained, they switched over to Christmas music.
Like I said, I'm willing to try it once more in a month or so, when hopefully things have settled, but for right now, I'd suggest Hanabi - which at its worst is a bit better than the meal we had at Tenno - or if you get there early and can sit at the sushi bar, Peter's.
It's unfortunate that in a city Nashville's size, there is absolutely nothing to compare with Atlanta for sushi, Thai (Smiling Elephant excluded here!), or Chinese. We really do need a bunch of the hole-in-the-wall strip mall places other large cities wind up with - limited seating, great food, basic funky but friendly atmosphere.
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