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Gajyumaru Report (UES)

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Gajyumaru Report (UES)

MMRuth | Oct 27, 2008 12:40 PM

On Saturday morning I was looking for a good place to have sushi for lunch with our visiting brother-in-law and, while my recent favorite Tokubei 86 is not open, I found various recommendations for Gajyumaru, which is. I'm so glad we tried it, as both the cooked dishes and the sushi were excellent, and reasonably priced.

We had:

Sake Tataki - lightly seared scottish salmon with ponzu sauce.
Kani & Sake Shumai - Steamed homemade crabmeat and salmon shumai - 3 of each
Onigiri Ikura - Salmon Roe rice ball (had never had one before)
Gindara Kasuzuke - Broiled marinated sablefish in Saikyo miso and sake lees (?) - amazing dish - so rich.
Sashimi Entree - two pieces each of seven kinds of fish, very fresh and beautifully cut
Rolls - Shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, eel and avocado
Nigiri sushi - eel (2), uni, salmon, Spanish mackerel

Pretty much everything we had was excellent, though I thought the rolls were a bit sloppy, as some pieces fell apart a bit. The rice in the nigiri sushi was, I thought, particularly good. The bill, before tip, with two beers, two glasses of white wine, and two generic hot sakes was $150, which I thought was quite reasonable. The room is simple but lovely, classical music, all Japanese clientele except us - for those who care, and the wine much better than what I usually get at inexpensive Japanese restaurants. Much as I like Tokubei 86, I think I like this place better, both for the quality of the food, as well as for the service and the ambiance.

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