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Jewel Bako: Good but no Sushi of Gari

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Jewel Bako: Good but no Sushi of Gari

Porthos | Dec 17, 2001 04:16 PM

After a 6-week hiatus from the chowscene (caught up in the madness of third year medical school and a vicious surgery rotation) I finally made it back to that which makes us all happy.

I started things off with a much awaited trip to Jewel Bako. The restaurant itself is very charming. Tiny, but I love the decor. The room is shaped like a cylinder, lined with bamboo, and lit with a soothing green glow. The hostess was too adorable and friendly for words. We ordered the omakase which started with a decent miso soup and a selection of sushi/sashimi chosen by the chef. We were very impressed by the array of mysterious fish imported from Japan (11 that evening). My companion and I had never heard of many of these types of fish and we are hardly neophytes when it comes to sushi. The fish was exquisite and the toro was beyond words. The daiginyo sake that we ordered was sweet and perfumed. In the end, we were even given a mind-boggling complimentary bottle of plum sake. An excellent experience through and through.

However...I found the quality of fish at KurumaZushi slightly superior. I liked the junmai daiginyo Hokusetsu at Nobu better, and I found Sushi of Gari to be more innovative and enlightening in terms of novelty of preparation. The price tag at Jewel Bako was astronomical and just as expensive as Kuruma Zushi.

So while I found Jewel Bako to be quite impressive, my vote still goes to Sushi of Gari...

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