Had tix to Argerich @ Disney last night, so I needed a restaurant for an early dinner...decided to go to Valley and take 101. Wifie suggested this place, as a friend of hers adores it...I had passed it a million times, but never tried it.
Initial vibe was negative...seemed more like a party restaurant than a sushi shrine...that's ok, as long as sushi is good...reminded me a bit of original Katsu-Ya in Studio City.
Sat at the bar...looking at the fish, it ALL looked tired and limp...not a good sign. Normally, I'd get up and leave but we had a schedule to keep...
I remember someone mentioning their rolls were their strength, so
Crunchy Roll (spicy crab)...This was presented as six pieces of insideout crab roll with a mountain of tempura flakes dumped on top. Looked really unappetizing, and was difficult to eat as the tempura flakes just kept falling off. Also, the cut sushi is too large - I sorta felt like gagging when I put the entire piece in my mouth.
Rice Cake with Spicy Tuna - everyone seemed to order this. This dish, or a variation thereof, is now standard at many restaurants...This one was very average. Instead of having individual rice cakes, they take a round cake and cut it into six slices (like pizza) and top it with spicy tuna. The rice tasted like hot oil - bleh, and the spicy tuna was flavorless - no spice at all. Luckyfish, hardly a sushi temple, blows this away with their version.
At this point, I feel bloated - a weird feeling in a sushi bar. The food was greasy.
I ordered some yellowtail sushi which was actually decent, but hardly noteworthy.
My wife ordered tea - $4.00...WTF??? Many places comp it, and the MOST I've been charged is about $2.00, unless it's a speciality tea.
My asahi was $5.00/large $9.00 - this is on the high side.
We were going to go to Yu-n-mi in BH, but thought we would try this place thinking it would be less expensive too. Not the case...it's really pricey for what it is.
I won't be returning.