I'm a fan of Fugakyu - so wanted to try Douzo. At 1pm (Tuesday), we were seated immediately and had a leisurly lunch. Liked the decor, ambiance as well as the friendly and attentive wait staff.
We were tired and more interested in talking than perusing the menu so just ordered off the lunch menu - both got the Lunch Set which makes a nice presentation served on a big white, four-sectioned plate. Although the quality was excellent and included lots of food I regreted the choice when I saw the much more interesting, beutifully presented appetizers, sashimi and rolls delivered to the next table!
***The Lunch Set ($15.95) included:
1) salad (lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes with ginger-carrot dressing). Good.
2) lots of tempura (2 each sweet potato and shrimp shumai and 1 each shrimp, squash, zucchini, brocoli, salmon maki). It was crispy and thickly battered. The tempura salmon maki also contained crab stick and roe and though it was fine, I didn't like it much.
3) cooked unagi (2 pieces) served on rice. Too much rice for the amount of eel, but tasty.
4) sushi and sashimi. three beautiful ample pieces of salmon sashimi (my favorite item on this plate), one each ebi and hirame nigiri. the ebi was nothing special (is it ever?), the hirame, excellent.
Basically, no complaints, fresh tasty fish, but certainly no wows (except for quantity) in the lunch special. One problem with the 4-section plate is that, although it looks impressive, the tempura and unagi/rice were cold by the time I finished the salad and got to them.
***We finished with Tempura green tea ice cream. This was especially nice. The tempura layer was extra thick and the whole thing was topped with delicious sweet red beans, whipped cream and a cherry. We shared, but I would have liked my own!
I'll certainly go back but I'll order a la carte!!!
***A final note: I liked that on the menu you can order tempura by type in orders of two pieces, for example: sweet potato ~$2.50.
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