Maybe it was an off-night the first time I went, or maybe I did the wrong thing by going there for the first time and ordering omakase when the chef did not know what my true tastes were.... that was 2 to 3 years ago, and it did not live up to my expectations. I got cooked ebi which I wasn't a fan of, and the fish was over marinated (too much sushi vinegar taste and aftertaste).
But I am willing to give them another try and hopefully things will be made right :-) So are there any MUST try's at Hama-Ko? Bear in mind I've dined at Sawa, Sakae, Ino, Takara, Sushi Sam's, Kitsho, Sushi Tomi and pretty much use those places as my standards of freshness and quality.
1) How soon do I need to be there on a Saturday night so that I get a seat at the bar? How about for 2 at the bar? What time do they open? Are they open this coming Saturday? :-)
2) What do the hounds not order or not recommend ordering (food wise)?
3) Does the owner also do cooked food/small dishes to go with the sushi meal like at Sawa or Sakae? I didn't get any first and last time I went.
4) Ino's ankimo is fantastic. I've read older reports that Hama-ko's version is also great but how do the two compare?
What's an omakase meal there these days without alcohol? $60 to $80? More?