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Sono Sushi Japanese Restaurant


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Sono Sushi Japanese Restaurant

SwallowsNest | | Oct 4, 2013 01:55 PM

On this day my wife and I decided to eat sushi. A quick search on yelp and we found the closest place from the location we where at on rt.35. After reading a few positive posts and "a must try" we chose Sono Sushi Japanese Restaurant. Some reviews where helpful and advised ahead that it was a BYOB. Conveinantly bottle kind was in the same plaza. Great! SSJR closes in mid day (2-5) I respect that. So it was around 4:45 which gave us time to shop at bottle king and then hit the restaurant. (Btw great prices at bk, a case of wine for the house later and a six pack of Heineken we where ready for this adventure). We where greeted with a smile at the door and directed to a table way back in the dinning room. As we walked through (we where the only ones there) we notced the sushi bar, my wife and looked at each other and kindly asked the hostess that we would love to sit at the bar. Again with a smile she escorts us to the bar. We place our cold beers on the bar and a server hand us an opener. (But no ice bucket, I was so hoping they would)
We start reading the menu and I spot sunomono one of my favs. So we ask to start with that as we continue to look over their menu. As almost any sushi place their choices where bountiful. But a few things we hadn't heard of struck us to try them. We decided we wanted to do a few appetizers and perhaps a couple of entrees as we usually do so we can try a bit of everything, as we like to take our time and enjoy ourselves. We also noticed an al a cart from the sushi bar, we love this because we like to ask the chef to chose and see how well they react to that. But my wife loving yellow fin asks for an order of that. Still on appetizers we also order softshell crab tempura and the avocado tuna boat. We set our menus aside and continued with our conversation to enjoy another beer as they slowly where getting warm. The hostess decides to take the menus from us, we asked to please remain them because we still had not ordered entrees. I thought wow, "there is no one in the place what was the rush?"
Our sunomono salad and avocado boat arrived. Me loving sunomono I hit that first. Huge disappointment. It was mostly sirimi, a few octopus slices and a poached shrimp over some what we figured would be daicon radish but no cucumber. Also the sauce was more of a ponzu rather than a thai chili or a citrus kimchi. So my wife immediately asked for some hot sauce and the chef poured some sriracha sauce. Nevertheless I did not enjoy this one. On the other hand we did enjoy the avocado boat. It looked presentable and fresh, and the tuna was delicious. The chef handed us the yellow fin which was also delicious and he recommended the eel which I ordered another because I enjoyed it that much. Them came the soft shell crab. Which to my blame I knew they where not in season and I expected them to be frozen but this had a funky taste of frost bitten. I will comment no more on that. As we try to enjoy our third beer (was warm by now) we decide to look again at the menus for some rolls and at least an entree. We decide on the holmdel roll and being we love crispy duck we wanted duck, but no crispy duck was offered, only teriyaki duck? So we assumed if they already have the duck why not ask to prepare it without the teriyaki, as I don't care for that much of the sauce. My wife being the brave one asked if they could make the duck in a ginger sauce rather than teriyaki since they already offered a ginger sauce with the pork under the same category. The hostess (which we learned that was one of the owners, looked at us with confusion. So she remarks a standard phrase, (let me ask the cook). Comes back and notifies us that the cook says it would not be a good choice. That's it! Not another choice or perhaps with a bit more creativity him suggesting to have it done in another way or maybe even so to as one of his personal favorite way, being a "cook" and owner as we also learned. So I whispered to my wife, as she continued to ask why he couldn't prepare it another way, that it was obvious that this duck they offered is probably, no definitely not fresh and is already soaked or marinated in teriyaki, and to just let it go and order only the roll. As I whispered this to my wife, the hostess comes back trying to defend herself and replied "oh no, our duck is fresh its just that the cook says it might not taste good in the ginger sauce."
Well at a his point I needed to say something. Because I can't imagine anything not tasting good with ginger. I replied to her "if the cook thInks this way will not taste good why would he not suggest something else rather than risking losing the sale?" I mean we already had ordered over $90. In appetizers what would make this person think I wasn't willing to try something original? We already had enjoyed the ssuggestions from the sushi chef. So instead we decide to ask the sushi chef behind the bar to make us something of his choice once again. He prepared us a y2k roll, which my wife enjoyed very much. I must say the sushi chef was very pleasant in conversation and I believe he would have accomodated us with something creative if he was in the back kitchen. To complete our dinner my wife wanted some green tea ice cream.
To sum it up:
Atmosphere 2.5 daisies /5
Service n/a we sat at bar.
Food 3 forks /5
Originality. .5 lightbulbs/5
Would I go back? Not likely. Please let me say this, i am a strong believer in giving a second chance, but we really didn't feel it. With all the suggestions in the area I would use that money on given someone else a shot and perhaps land a place we like and would attend frequently.

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