Restaurants & Bars 9

Nishino's

Yum | May 31, 2006 02:33 PM

Nishino's was a disappointment to us. Maybe it's because we have so many great Japanese restaurants in SF, the deluxe omakase and a la carte fare was just okay and even not very good. We went in expecting fresh fish and received many plates of asian fusion with European influences. Examples of the dishes we had include, arugula wrapped in hamachi and seared in olive oil, ika seared with morelles in butter, foie gras on tuna and shitaki with a red wine reduction sauce, and a white fish sashimi with with salsa fresca and jalapeno and backed garlic chips. Frankly all of the fish was overpowered by the other flavors and the european-influenced dishes seemed contrived. The sashimi appetizer was the same plate we had at Kappa in SF, with the same cod liver pate. We wanted fresh fish and thought a sushi restaurant would be the best way to get it, but instead we got cooked European dishes. I wanted to see if the Japanese fare was any better and was disappointed to eat chalky tempura with a bland dipping sauce. Our waiter was also a bit cheeky and rude and the owner doesn't seem to be in the kitchen much. Wouldn't go back again for Japanese food. Our total bill without drinks was $220. This is a quasi-European restaurant that needs retuning.

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