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Koi is open and it's fantastic!

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Koi is open and it's fantastic!

bbecker | Mar 15, 2004 01:36 PM

After being a loyal ISO patron for years, I was extremely disheartened when he closed his doors (for good) a couple of months ago. However, Daigo and Nobu, his protégés and sushi chefs (for the past 6 years) have opened their own restaurant (Koi), in the same spot, and it definitely delivers.
I finally made it to Koi last night (it opened Wednesday) and was excited to find some of the old favorites on their menu and many new ones as well. The fish was as fresh as ever and the new decor, although subtle, was lovely.
While my husband and I tend to stick to the raw fish, we did try some of the new things on the menu, including the shitake mushrooms and asparagus in parchment paper (wonderful), the Koi roll (great for those of you on Atkins...eel, avocado, and tobiko, wrapped in cucumber), and the duck appetizer (delicious). My husband also really loved the sea eel, which the guys recommended. Clearly, I was thrilled by my first experience at Koi, and expect that it will have a long and successful run, as did its predecessor, ISO.

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