We finally were able to make it to Kaito for a quick bite.
We have been dying for some good sashimi since we burned out on Nobu this summer. Kaito is superior to Nobu in many ways. Morita-san was super, he steered us directly to what was special and we ate it up! We started of with pike mackerel sashimi, I think he was testing us right away! Morita-san commented on too fishy? No way, this stuff was perfect. We then went on to perfect kohada sushi, ikura sushi, nasu sushi, blue fin toro sushi, negi toro because I couldn't get enough of this superb toro and finally finished off with an ume shiso with mountain yam. Standouts of the evening, fresh Ikura, wow, nothing like the chemical Ikura you usually end up with! Toro was amazing, sashimi can be pricey for this ($30), but well worth it! Morita-san also had live octopus but we didn't get to it this time. Tamago is made in-house and I have heard reports of real wasabi being served here too - next time! Unfortunately the uni has not been good lately so Morita-san is not serving it until he thinks it's good enough. Thanks to our good friends from Matsuoka and chowhound cgfan for recommending such a wonderful place! This is sure to be a regular spot for us!
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