Have the original owners (JJ and Richard Lin) sold this once-solid Astoria restaurant - name, menu, and all, to incompetent new ownership? CAN ANYONE CONFIRM? Our last, and last ever, trip to JJ's Fusion was simply one of the most disappointing outings I've ever had at a restaurant in New York, perhaps because JJ's used to be so good. I can't imagine the same owners that gave us so many good meals would have served the food we ate this past Friday night (7/24/2009)
Our last meal:
1) Salmon Tartare - rancid fish-oil-fried tempura crumbles and thumb-sized chunks of textureless salmon marinated in something orangey, sweet, and oniony? No zest/spice/salt, just sweet grease...
2) Edamame Potstickers - once a 2004 best-of-city dish! Ours should have been called Edamame Teethcleaners. Mealy dumplings with a MINTY, and somewhat chalky sauce, that like the former was cloyingly sweet.
3) PLEASE READ THIS ONE Mackerel sushi - All right, what comes to mind when I say mackerel sushi.... Everybody think... OK, what did we all come up with. mackerel, rice, perhaps a sprig of scallion or a dab of wasabi..............................
Did anybody say DUCK SAUCE? WT#%$@!??? SWEET MACKEREL?!??!?? SWEET JESUS, WHAT IS GOING ON HERE??? A huge dollop of oniony duck sauce in the middle of my precious salty, flaky, oily mackerel?????? I'm actually scowling as I'm writing this...
4 & 5) Soft Shell Crab Roll & Tropical Roll #1 (salmon, tuna): a few bites in, we threw in the sticks. I thought my soft shell crab was rancid oily shrimp tempura; my wife thought her roll to be gummy and warm. Both dishes, again drizzled with SWEET, corn-starchy sauces...
Even our sake was a raspberry Remi Martin disaster: alcohol-free and cough syrup sweet.
R.I.P. JJ's Fusion. I will choose to remember you in your prime, when the Times remarked about your style and critics lined up to play I-found-you-first in the outer boroughs... for those days are now long... long gone.
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