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Ozumo in Oakland last Friday night

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Ozumo in Oakland last Friday night

Ridge | Feb 9, 2009 10:43 AM

We were rather disappointed with Ozumo in Oakland. First, the atmosphere is extremely un-relaxing: The blaring dance music made it difficult to unwind and the setting was tacky in a Las Vegas circa 1990 sort of way. For starters we ordered the Tuna tartar which was completely forgettable. We ordered two items from the robata grill: Chicken skin skewers and bacon wrapped scallops. The chicken skin skewers were bland and seemed undercooked. We sent them back to be grilled longer. The scallops themselves were tasty but the dish was too rare: the bacon surrounding the scallop was very undercooked. The table next to ours ordered the same dish and the bacon on their dish looked perfectly cooked. We ordered several pieces of sushi and they were all good. Overall our impression was that the sushi was overpriced for what it was. Although the sushi was good, on the whole it was not at the level of other high end sushi places we are used to (Sushi Ran and Sushi Sho). Our server was extremely first-rate: He new we were disappointed with the robota items and went out of his way to try to please us. He even went to talk to the manager who came to talk to us but clearly was not as concerned about our displeasure with the quality of the food served to us. I am amazed that this place has such glowing reviews and was as packed with people as it was. We won’t be returning.

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