My girlfriend and I made plans to eat sushi last night. Normally this would mean Ushi Wakamaru, but ... So we considered trying 15 East, but just weren't in the mood to drop that kind of dough. Instead we decided to try our luck at Sachiko's which I thought held reasonable hope along with a palatable price tag. I got the impression from the restaurant's website that this is a serious sushi bar /Japaneses restaurant -- that is absolutely not the case.
When we arrived the place was nearly empty, one large party of Japanese diners and one a couple at another table. We were the only ones sitting at the bar. We each asked for omakase. This was not a true omakase, but an option on the menu priced at $45. A few minutes later we were served all of our sushi at once; twelve pieces of nigiri and one maki roll. The fish was somewhere between totally un-compelling and plain unappealing. The rice was clumpy and heavy. In general, our request for omakase yielded not any fish of a special quality, just an extra large serving of the regular stuff.
Perhaps my expectations for Sachiko's were unjustified, maybe I should have anticipated that they are serving the same dreg as every other neighborhood sushi joint. But I do believe the website promises something on a higher level. Certainly the fish in the photos on the website does not resemble the fish I saw last night. In any event, if you're looking for a truly contemplative sushi experience, this is hardly the place.
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