I finally made it here last night, and wanted to both give my two cents and see how my experience compares with others'. The space is beautiful, by far the most romantic setting for sushi that I've experienced in Brooklyn. From the moment we walked in (we got there around 6:30 and had our choice of tables) the service was lovely: polite, warm, and attentive without being overbearing.
I will admit the prices hit me with a bit of a shock: immediately I felt that unless they could show me what I was getting for my $$, I probably would not be inclined to return. We both had a glass of chardonnay ($6) that we found drinkable but never something we would buy. I mentioned to the woman waiting on us that I didn't see chirashi on the menu, and she quickly said it could be made for me. We ordered a wakame (seaweed mix in sesame oil) salad, a spider maki (soft shell crab), a spicy tuna and tempura flake roll, chirashi, a spicy scallop hand roll, and three pieces of eel sushi. Here are the highlights:
The wakame salad was tiny, but tasty. The sushi was presented in a very basic, austere manner. One detail that really stood out was the restaurant serves an aged soy sauce that is almost syrupy yet much less salty than typical soy sauce. They also, I believe, use fresh wasabi instead of a powder paste, and the flavor was subtly, very pleasantly different: not just eye-watering spice, but a bit sweet and much more flavorful. The fish...well, it was good, but it didn't knock me over at all. The salmon was oily and tender but not the best I've had, and the trout, bass, tuna, spanish mackerel and yellowtail that were on the (very small) chirashi were tender but honestly unremarkable to my palate: their tastes were largely undistinguishable from one another. The eel, however, was some of the smoothest I have had.
The bill came to $85, which is by far the most I have spent for two people on sushi in Brooklyn. My feeling about my experience is this: for the most part, I have had as good fish at Osaka in Cobble Hill, plus a much broader range of very creative maki rolls, all for a much lower price. Osaka is the only restaurant in Brooklyn that I think compares in quality. I would probably not return to Brooklyn Blue Ribbon Sushi, even if someone else were footing the bill.
I would love to know what others have thought of this place as compared to others in Brooklyn, and I will do a search now for past links.
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