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First visit to Sushi Zo...whoa!

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First visit to Sushi Zo...whoa!

purediva | Apr 11, 2007 12:56 AM

Since our usual suspects (Sasabune, Irori, Kiriko, Echigo) have been feeling a tad played out to us lately, my BF and I decided we were in the mood for new sushi last night. We finally took the plunge and tried Sushi Zo, having done my due dillengence on CH and threatening to for months now. There are few things worst than dissappointing or overrated sushi experiences, which keeps us normally adventurous 'hounds from trying a new sushi place every week. We've all had at least one bad sushi experience that has scarred us to some extent.

Anyway, when we arrived, we were pleased to find that they had a table open for us since they were fairly busy for a Mon. night. The small restaurant is really nicely designed, spotless, and they had some good jazz on. I was wondering what type of reception us non-regulars would get from behind the sushi bar after some of the reviews I've read here, but we got a warm welcome and lots of smiles.

On to the sushi. Ok, I'm officially KICKING myself for being so darn risk-averse all these months. (I'd done the exact same thing with Sasabune...) I knew from the moment I trepidatiously popped the first piece of hamachi nigiri on my tongue, that Zo was opening new doors to the amazing universe of sushi. The hamachi, and every single piece we sampled after it, knocked our socks off in a spectacularly-mind-numbingly-buttery-melt-in-your-mouthful kind of way. The one exception might've been the scallop, which was of fantastic quality, but we like how we get it a Irori with just a little lemon and rock salt sprinkled on top.

We like to do Omakases once in a while, but eat sushi too often (at least once, if not 2x/week) to have it all the time, so we usually order a la carte, which is what we did this time around at Zo. Our order included (i might be forgetting something):
2 pcs. hamachi
4 salmon
2 skipjack
3 red snapper
4 butterfish (literally dissolved in our mouth)
2 black snapper
2 halibut
2 scallop
2 zuke
1 special scallop roll
2 blue crab rolls

And the rice was the perfect temperature, not hot like at Sasabune. Speaking of Sasabune, we like other on CH have been, sorry to say, underwhelmed by the experience there overall of late. It's really become a sushi factory of sorts and it's showing in the sushi. No so at Zo. (Ha.) Seriously, not only is the quality, flavor and texture of the fish in a whole other league, but you can just tell that there's a lot of thought and care going into cutting and preparing it.

Service was attentive and quick as well. I should note that we did catch an error in the bill (knew to check after the reviews, here, thanks!). There was a spicy tuna roll on there we didn't have. Our server took it off right away. Our order above plus a Kirin draft beer and tax came to $83. I'm wondering how that stacks up with the small omakases there?

Anyway, my BF and I woke up with Sushi Zo on the brain this morning, which makes it our official new haunt.

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