Hello chowhounders, well I've finally signed up here for this.
I have been reading several posts on here and all the review sites in order to decide on a sushi place in Seattle for my impending trip. I have a few questions for the locals that I don't think were answered in those, and then maybe I can narrow it down.
One of my friend's recommended Shiro's but I've read that nigiri come at about $4 a single piece. is this indeed true? Their site doesn't include a menu. Does anyone have a sampling of some prices? Like how much is one piece of maguro nigiri, hamachi nigiri, ikura, or uni? (for a variety of levels of sushi off the top of my head) I think I'm going to choose this place, but not if it's $8 for 2 pieces of tuna. No thanks. Also, how big are the pieces. Are they decent sized?
Lots of people on this very website recommend Nishino instead of Shiro's. I looked at the website and the prices seem good, but it does not indicate that they are for two pieces. Reviews on other websites say they are *more* expensive than Shiro's. Do you know if the prices on their menu are for one or two pieces of nigiri? Which restaurant is really more expensive? Finally, what makes Nishino better in your view (or the converse)?
Which of the two has better desserts? Which has bigger pieces or fresher fish?
Basically what I look for in a place is: fresh fish, good size pieces, good spicy tuna roll (preferred is the chili flake kind, but the mayo is ok in a pinch as long as it's not overly mayoed), good selection of fish to maybe try something new, good desserts preferred. The overpriced $15 creative rolls are not really my speed. If they priced them more reasonably I might bite. Cooked things are largely for me a waste of stomach space.
Also, after having sushi in Vancouver and having uni be on the regular assortment, bonus points if uni is on the regular assortment. I intend on having uni either way, So, the place I'm looking for should have good uni.
My typical east coast sushi place order is usually: spicy tuna maki or temaki, hamachi negi maki or temaki, ika nigiri, tobiko with quail egg nigiri, maybe sake nigiri. I also like amaebi, hotategai/kaibashira (scallop), ikura, and basically anything squishy. :) Oh yeah and I like aji and related.
So, I'm not an amateur by any means. Sorry for going on and on, but I find that describing what I'm looking for specifically helps people figure out what to recommend.
So, to sum up, I'm looking for fresh fish you can see without a microscope, good selection including some things I might not have had, reasonable price for the quantity, place has fresh uni, place has good desserts, and good spicy tuna rolls would be a plus. Which place would be a better bet, Shiro's or Nishino? Or tell me why another option is better.