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Mori Average Meal and friends left angry


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Mori Average Meal and friends left angry

epop | | Jul 22, 2009 09:38 AM

Took a group of friends from out of town to Mori and the meal wasn't great. I'd taken them to Sushi Zo the last time and they were floored. I got a call the next day after Mori saying, "Please, not that place next time."

We didn't do the omakase this time.

The meal:
Delicious clam taste in the miso soup with clams.

Ordered the spicy tuna tacos several times, each time asking that they be made spicy. Each time they came out less spicy than the previous. Kind of annoying.
But still tasty.

Yellowtail collar. They used the collar of a smaller yellowtail but the taste wasn't good. It didn't seem fresh at all. I cook this dish once a month and often order it. Usually it is great at Mori but this time not at all. I expect them not to serve it when it is like that.
I've had this problem with the grilled fish at Mori before.

Excellent dish of towers of grilled eggplant with miso sauce. Won us over.

Yellowtail with spicy jalapeno: the pieces were too thick and the flavors weren't balanced. I love this dish usually but Mori doesn't get it right.

No complaints about the fish and shrimp tempura specials.

The sushi:
Standout: the best Engawa I've ever tasted. I usually don't like Engawa but
Mori's was like a painting, how he'd trimmed it. Perfect.

The Japanese and Spanish mackerels were nothing to write home about. I've had them before at Mori where there was a sweetness to the cuts. This time it tasted overly fishy, in a bad way.

The tuna had bits of skin on it, which really ticked off one of my guests. He pulled a strand of extra fish fiber off one of the pieces. "This shouldn't be here." I agreed but didn't want to ruin the meal.

The salmon had a marbling to it that made it look like Wagyu but was strangely chewy, more like squid.

Both eels were not the freshest tasting, drenched in sauce. Was he having a bad night???

Sublime halibut. It almost made up for the rest.
Also red snapper that was up there with the best of Mori.

We were going to order more but weren't feeling inspired. Too much wasn't that great and bills get high awfully quickly. The total was $400 for four people. A bit disappointing.

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