Ritz-Asia located on Rt. 7 in Ridgefield, Ct. is the sister restaurant to the original located in NYC. Myself and a friend started going there about a month ago when we saw their advertisement in Clipper Magazine, and thought we'd give Koo a break one week for our weekly sushi binge. As you walk in, you are greeted by the manager and escorted into the dining room which looks like it went through a major overhaul with floor lighting and a beautiful backdrop for the sushi bar. The back area needs some work as far as lighting goes, as it seemed to be way too bright in comparison to the front area which was adequately dark for the hour.
We started off with some Edamame, Sliced Hamachi and their Tuna Tartare. Let me say that I haven't had Hamachi that good since I was in Hawaii! So sweet, succulent and buttery! Perfect!! The Tuna was very good, nothing too wow, but good. The soy beans were tossed in a little Kosher salt and were tender and perfect, not stringy or overly salted.
We then had 3 of their Chef's Special Rolls; the Caribbean Roll, Ritz Asia Roll and Pink Lady Roll. All three were delicious. Each bite was like a different party in my mouth! However, I must say that the Hamachi stole the show, as we had to order a second at the chance of appearing like complete glutons!
The service was very gracious and eager to please. We ended that evening with one of their desserts, the Mochi trio. three different types of ice cream wrapped inside a dim sum type of wrapper and presented with a fruit sauce garnish. Very tasty! I prefer the mango ice cream, as I thought the contrast of the sweetness of the mango meshed well with the mellowness of the wrapper.
We had since gone back there at least 4 times, and enjoy trying different things on their menu. However, we always seem to go back to what we loved about it the first time. We did try their ceviche, and thought it average. It needs to have different textures added to it, perhaps in the manner of which they slice the fish, inoder to give it a more appealing taste in your mouth. Nice vinaigrette, but it needs more acid. The Lotus chips were excellent however! Look foward to seeing fellow foodies there!