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Shunji - not worth it for me


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Shunji - not worth it for me

peppermonkey | Nov 3, 2012 12:45 AM

So I've been excited to try this place for quite a while given the wide endorsements from the sushi aficionados of this site and the Jgold, but overall I must say that the pleasure to price quotient was just not there. We had 3 omakases asking for an even mix of both cooked and raw dishes. The plating was just beautiful and evoked excitement, but many of the dishes fell short on the palate. I love his preparations of vegetables and appreciate the accentuation of the flavor. The pickled jellyfish and veggies were great as well as anything that touched the amazing dashi broth. The signature agadashi tomato "tofu" was my favorite dish, texturally exciting and was easily one of the best things I've eaten all year. The sashimi plate and sushi were the highlights, including bonito and a delicious snapper type fish whose name I don't recall as well as live lobster and a truly delicious lobster truffle tartar-ish dish. But the blue fin which they kept saying was amazing was just not and had gristle. The ika was high quality but only had 3 cuts making it so tough I couldn't swallow it. The large and beautiful checkerboard platter was unremarkable including prosciutto wrapped mush, flavorless quail eggs and shrimp, and odd blue cheese balls. The rice was definitely not as good as morisans rice be a mile. We had 2 bottles of sake which was $150. ending up paying $242 a person (includes 15% tip). Idk. This was over $100 more than I've payed at Mori, zo, kiyokawa, Kiriko, matsuhisa, asanebo. Just not worth the price

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