I have only rarely eaten sushi and am not a fan of the genre of food, but I decided to treat my wife (who loves sushi) to a dinner at a well-reviewed restaurant that was recommended by a colleague.
First of all, I was pleased to see they had complimentary valet parking, since I knew there was only a small parking lot out front.
I wasn't expecting the crowd of people inside (should have made a reservation), so we ended up at the sushi bar, which turned out to be a better option anyway. The sushi chefs were very polite and eager to speak to us when we asked questions. My wife settled on the Chef's sashimi special mix ($45) and a got a dinner that included soup, salad, rice, a dessert, and I chose 3 entrees. The first was sashimi (I figured I should try some), the second was chicken teriyaki, and the third the fried shrimp. I found all three of my choices very agreeable. I was easily able to tolerate the sashimi (tuna, salmon, a white fish that I should have asked what it was, and octopus). I don't know if I am just new and really didn't know what to expect, but I found all of the sashimi to be without much flavor - of course it is raw fish, but I expected something a little more flavorful. I did dip part of each piece in their low sodium soy sauce, but in the bites that got soy, I really tasted soy.
My wife was very pleased with her order. She had about 15 pieces of sashimi, including albacore, which was still moving in the shell. It was the first time she had eaten something that was still alive. I am not sure how she felt about it, other than being intrigued. Of the 8 or 9 different types of sashimi on her plate, she only found the squid disagreeable, but she supposed that was just a personal preference.
While my wife walked away happy (which made me happy), the restaurant did not convert me to sushi (granted, I only had sashimi). I believe we will go back and maybe I will try some of the rice rolls and might have a completely different view.
Overall, I enjoyed the atmosphere and found it to be an nice evening out.
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