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Sushi Samba - Part 2


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Sushi Samba - Part 2

Sweet Willie | Dec 7, 2003 08:45 PM

Part 2
I have a mantra of “Happy Wife, Happy Life”, she is a sushi lover and was a little disappointed that I had gone to Sushi Samba without her. Normally she does not mind at all if I go someplace without her, but this time for some reason she did. I mentioned I did not think it was that good but she still wanted to go.

We showed up at 5:30 to be greeted by a “hey-ho” leather sport coat clad, hair raised/slicked up host who could not stop clapping, sometimes one clap, sometimes a few, you know hey-ho sort of. This went on the whole evening, much to the enjoyment of my wife and I.

We sit in the bar area and I have a mojito, the wife a vodka/cranberry. After we sat at the sushi bar to watch the chefs at work. $18 for two drinks. Stumbled upon something that seems to be a trend but pisses me off, you must settle your bill at the bar instead of just being able to walk to your table and have the bar bill transferred with you. This practice sucks!

We ordered the duck roll, chi town roll, and assortment of ceviche (4). I ordered the fatty tuna as well.

As reported before, the ceviche just do not do it for me at all. A real waste of sushi IMO. The flavors I like, but they overpower the sushi.

The fatty tuna I’ve decided I’m not a fan of, just the regular which I adore (I make a great poke with regular tuna)

The Chi-town roll consisted of

The duck roll was sublime, but then again, my wife and I rarely have met a duck dish we did not think was sublime.

We also ordered kobe “sushi”. True Japanese kobe beef was served either sushi style (with rice underneath) or sashimi style (simply sliced, nothing else). It was a special and was described by our waitress as being slightly warmed so the fat/marbling would melt in our mouths. Having had and cooked both American and Japanese Kobe, I was really looking forward to these. I had sushi style and my wife the sashimi style. Both were too cold to enjoy the rich flavor, tasted like a good leftover steak. I brought this to our server’s attention who immediately offered to provide us with two more that had been heated properly at no cost. Sadly again, both were served too cold.

Total bill w/two beers (minus drinks at bar) was just under $100.

Even though I did not really enjoy the sushi all that much more this time, it was a much better quality and fresher than the last time I visited, however Sushi Samba is still not a place I will go back to, wife agrees.

Afterwards we walked to Sugar, the dessert bar, see separate report.

Sushi Samba
504 North Wells

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