I apologize for not being able to remember the name of the sushi place I went to last night, but I believe it is Komo, and I know it is in the old Cirxa space.
The atmosphere is quite nice - slate gray walls, muted Japanese design, very relaxing. But the acoustics are terrible. The sushi chefs (last night they were both Japanese-American) are overly loud and every time someone orders something, they practically scream, "HIIIIII!" and overdo the "Assooooos" (pronounced ah-so). It's as if they're acting. We could barely have a conversation with all the yelling going on.
We sat at the sushi bar and was surprised to see that they actually display fake crab in their sushi display case. Blocks of fake crab, wrapped in plastic...hm. The albacore looked a day old at least, and they had little besides salmon, tuna and hamachi. Their menu boasts a wide variety of fish: aji, tai, gigantic scallops. I ordered the aji. "We're out of that, sorry!" I asked for some tai. "Ooh, sorry, we're out of that too!" So finally I asked for scallops. "Oh no! We don't have that either!" It was 7:30 p.m. on a Wednesday and they ran out? Clearly they do not buy fish every day, or only buy those items on select days. My tuna tasted fishy, and the salmon almost seemed like smoked salmon. My friend's albacore was mediocre, and I found a worm in my edamame (at least it was fresh!).
The only saving grace was the hamachi, which was rich and flavorful. But it's not enough for me to go back. Too loud, the service was below standard (we had to ask our waitress three times for drinks and got our first piece of sushi before getting even water), and the food is questionable. But, that won't stop Silverlakers from flocking to this new place, as it was packed full of "regulars" already (place has been open for less than two months). Price-wise, it's not cheap, but not overly expensive either. But no matter what, the food they serve is not worth the price.
I'll stick to Z's in Alhambra.
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