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Sushi Nanase- WP - Review

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Sushi Nanase- WP - Review

Dim Sum Diva | Feb 22, 2006 12:27 PM

It had been so long since I had sushi this good that I had forgotten how good it could truly be. This place is a little hole in the wall at 522 Mamaroneck Ave. in WP, next to the Asian grocery. I had been there before in another incarnation. There are 6 little tables and about the same number of seats at the sushi bar. Apparently this place was rated very highly by Westchester magazine.

There is an extensive sake menu. The waitress asked us what kind of sake we like, sweet, mild, etc. We chose sweet and for $8 each we each had our own hot bottle (after selecting a sake cup from a variety on a tray) of very memorable sake. Smooooth. The price range went up to $85.

We ordered the sushi assortment ($30) which came with 10 pieces and a tuna roll. The plate it came on was as wide as the table and all the different pieces were lined up in a row. Each one had its own garnish or sauce, i.e., caviar, lemon, vegetable, or in the case of the tuna, a flake of gold. The standout was a scallop (tatase?) that we were told was flown in from Japan. It had a small flower-like mushroom on top which totally complimented the smokey flavor. It was heaven on a block of rice. The tuna was magnificent, apparently I had been eating such mediocre sushi for so long, to get the real deal was a revelation. The eel was soft and flavorful. The sweet shrimp was indeed just that. The waitress advised that several of the other pieces on the plate were also from Japan.

A couple at the sushi bar was having the chef’s tasting menu ($85, I think 5 courses) and looked like they were really enjoying it. Other people dining ordered a la carte, everything that came out looked plentiful and delicious. The restaurant pays attention to details. Our water refills came in a pitcher in the shape of a stalk of bamboo. Our chopsticks had their own rock to rest upon.

For a sushi assortment, miso soup and sake each, it was about $100 for two, but we felt it was well worth it. I noticed that they serve lunch but it is “limited to the first 20 people”. Try going for dinner on a weeknight. This place is heads and shoulders above the rest.

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