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Sushi Zo - Palms/Cheviot Hills - review (a bit long sorry!)

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Sushi Zo - Palms/Cheviot Hills - review (a bit long sorry!)

JJ | May 26, 2006 11:09 AM

Took Fansmash advice and tried Sushi Zo

Sat at a table (perhaps not more than 7 tables in the place plus the bar) and had the omakase. My companion ordered off the menu.

My dinner was absolutely fabulous -- Started with a plate of stuffed baby squid (4) with pickled veg & baby cucumber, followed by ONE piece of tuna, toro, amberjack, slightly seared butterfish, scallop, bonito, uni, roe, sea eel, blue crab roll and then a question, did I want more and I ordered the special crab roll. Everything melted in your mouth, the fish was exceptionally fresh with VERY light sauces on most (the best a lime pepper on the amberjack). For me, the rice was perfect, slightly warm to contrast with the cold fish - particularly with the uni, melds wonderfully. Both handrolls, crab & scallop, were plump, filling and tasted great.

On the other hand - my companion (never a very adventurous sushi consumer!) ordered albacore, halibut, fresh water eel and a spicy tuna handroll. They were not terribly impressed, found the sauces lacking and the fish just so-so. I found it interesting that I didn't receive any of those fish during my omakase. I don't know if what you receive ordering Omakase is better generally, but in this case it definitely was. Additionally, not a place to dine if you're in a hurry - the service is fine, but the chef takes his time which is understandable and was not a problem for us.

Prices seemed fairly reasonable to me - in general, I found it very close in sushi style (1 piece of each fish, warm rice, etc) and price to Echigo. The chef was warm and friendly and for me, it was a great omakase meal.

A lovely little place, very accomodating wait staff - overall, a very nice change to the Sawtelle/Olympic row. Definitely will go again.

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