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Midori Mushi Downhill Report

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Midori Mushi Downhill Report

Chewy | Sep 29, 2004 07:59 PM

The first time my husband and I went here was about a year ago. The sushi and sashimi were so deliciously original and moderately priced that it was well worth the one-hour wait. This place specializes in nigiri and unique makimono (rolls) made with high-quality ingredients.

We recently returned on a Friday night around 7 p.m. with another couple. While Citizen Cake and Absinthe across the street were packed, Midori Mushi was completely empty. That should've been our first clue.

There was a new sushi chef who made the smallest portions of sushi (nigiri and maki) I had ever seen. There was too much rice in the nigiri, and the rice itself was not properly cooked--the texture was dry and not tender at all and the grains were completely broken. The makimono were as small as tekka-maki (plain tuna sashimi in rice) when the menu boasted each one of them to have multiple ingredients. Each roll was between $7-12. Very pricey for what you get.

We ordered just about everything on the menu, which is the same thing we did a year ago. The combination of flavors in their makimono--which used to be unique and vibrant--were now somewhat muddled and unbalanced. Still tasty, but not the "WOW" experience we remembered. The sashimi was nothing special.

I wish I could be more descriptive of the maki rolls but they were all so complex. For example, the "Martha Stewart" roll included real crab and mango among many other ingredients. The "Speakeasy" has tuna (or salmon?) with salt and sesame oil.

I'm sorry to say that what used to be one of the more unique sushi experiences in the City is no longer worth my time or money.

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