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Douzo still a bit quiet

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Douzo still a bit quiet

Spike! | Mar 4, 2006 10:14 PM

Guess not that many people know it's open yet...even at 6-7pm on Saturday night, it wasn't crowded at all (maybe 30% full?)

The decor is...interesting...extremely contemporary. The only sign that it's a sushi restaurant is the big metal japanese signs above the bar. I don't usually comment about the decor of a place, but it was notable (although I have no idea why it cost $2M to do).

On the amusing side, the soy sauce container's tip was clogged when we first tried pouring it (it's a very small tip), so we had to pour from the top. When we tried to demonstrate it to the waitress, it poured out of the tip :-P There was also no choice of light or regular soy sauce.

We had the Douzo Roll, Boston Roll, and the Omakase (chef's choice). The Douzo Roll was salmon, tuna, and asparagus (?!?) in a large 2" diameter roll. The Boston roll was tuna, crabmeat, asparagus (?!?, and lettuce IIRC in a roll the same size. The rolls were cut into six 1/2" slices. Taste was ok, but nothing too exciting and the nori wrappers were a bit chewy (probably from rice being too wet). The rolls varied in price between $11-16. The Osushi rolls are more impressive in taste and presentation.

The $45 Omakase was ok, but not as creative as I thought it would be. There were around 7 sashimi slices (tuna, salmon, and yellowtail) which were nice and thick and fresh (tuna was thick, but small). There were 5 types of sushi including one egg (the big eggs and there was no fishy taste...just a pop of water in your mouth) roe maki, a tuna maki roll, another roll done w/ daikon radish instead of nori seaweed, and tuna/salmon sushi done torch style (the top is torched slightly before being topped w/ tobiko and a slightly spicy mayo). The nori wrapper w/ the egg roll maki was very chewy. The waitress said that the fresh fish that night was toro and chotoru and a mackerel that tasted like yellowtail, but none of those were in the Omakase. It was an interesting sampler, though ordering the components from the menu would probably have been less expensive. This is the first time I've tried Omakase and I guess I expected too much.

Service was good except we didn't get our tea refilled in time the 2nd time (no excuse given the emptiness of the place). I also don't remember other sushi places charging for green tea, but it was $1.50/person here! :-P

We're also disappointed we didn't get a hug from the head chef (the table behind us apparently knew the chef and his wife, so they got hugs and a tour of the place :-) The chef also asked a few other tables how things were, but didn't come to ours :-P

Total damage for the night was $90 after tips.

Overall, it was good, but not wow. It's certainly a nice addition to the neighborhood. Some of the other tables looked like they had some interesting dishes (tempura I think), so if anyone finds a particularly good dish, please post about it...

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