I tried Jewel Bako(2nd St. bet 2/3rd) tonight. It was a wonderful experience. Pretty place, very small. A bamboo roofed fuselage with just two dimly lit banquettes and a bright, clean, blond sushi bar room. The hosts were more gracious than anyone at any other higher end Sushi restaurant in town the Sushi was on par with Blue Ribbon. It was such a relief to not have to wait on line as they are one of the few serious Sushi restaurants that take reservations. At the same time on a Saturday I'd have to wait at least an hour at Blue Ribbon. Unlike BR though there are no cooked dishes at all.
Lots of complementary touches from the chef like freshly made green tea ice cream. They comped a Miso soup for me that I hadn't ordered and most tables(except ours since we were 30min late) recieved a crab canape amuse bouche.
The fish was so fresh and you can add any additional garnish to anything no charge(the shiso added a bright touch and was just so alive tasting, advocado too among others). Apps were yummy but if you're a salt fiend you definately need to add some to the Seaweed salad and miso. To me it was all just right. Not very expensive given the quality of food. I'd go back just for the roasted Green Tea which was the best I've ever had.
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