Friday night around 11 PM, we arrived at Soto full of anticipation because of the the great reports we had heard. Frankly, we were somewhat disapointed.
We sat at the sushi bar and immediately afterwards a group of six sat at a table. The lone waiter served them first, so we asked the sushi chef if we could order from him, as is the custom at most sushi restaurants. The sushi chef (not Soto) reluctantly took our order, then proceeded to prepare the other table's order first! We sat there waiting for our order for about 20 minutes.
The byzantine system for placing your order notwithstanding, on to the food....
Tuna tartare: Very nice flavor, decent presentation, pitifully small portion for nearly $10.
Chilean Sea Bass with miso: The fish had a very nice flavor, very buttery. It was presented beautifully. Couldn't improve much on this one.
Sushi: The sushi rice was excellent. We had a yellowtail roll that was so good we ordered another (although we had to order this through the waiter, as the sushi chef was ignoring us.) The tuna was very ordinary, and would be a major let-down if not for the great rice. We also had a rainbow roll, which we asked for with no salmon. You would think we had asked for a gold-plated turd. The waiter had to go ask Soto himself for persmission to do this, and he approved without acknowledging our existence in any way. The roll was good but not great.
I had a very nice cold sake from the premium list.
We spend $66 before tip, and were never acknowledged by Soto at all.
Frankly, I have read the accolades that this place gets, and I just don't get it. I think we ordered a nice variety of things but left somewhat unsatisfied.
I still prefer Kamagowa or Hashigushi, Jr.
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