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Aroma Restaurant & Sushi in Cincinnati,OH. I'll Pass.


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Aroma Restaurant & Sushi in Cincinnati,OH. I'll Pass.

ChiefHDB | Apr 4, 2010 02:09 PM

I highly recommend people steer clear. There are just so many better quality options in the area for how much you're going to spend here.

First, why is there a sushi bar? Is this some kind of joke? It feels like they're trying to please everyone, but end up making no one happy. Why eat a roll that's 90% rice when you can go to Embers (which doesn't even have THAT good sushi, but is significantly better than the overpriced, under-filled rolls I tried at Aroma) or any better sushi places around town (including the sushi across the street at Fresh Market). Also, the waitstaff needs to lay off the spiel about where the chef worked. He could have been picking his ass the last 5 years, but I don't care so long as the food is good (and there's no ass in the food).

The rest of the menu is equally all over the place. Mac and cheese was bland and mushy, as were the fries (although luckily we didn't get served the ore-ida ones). Tuna tataki was slathered in sauce, and demerits for using bluefin (which I don't have too much of a problem with when done well, but seeing so many mediocre restaurants waste good tuna pisses me off). My salad was fine, but nothing special. I saw short ribs for $25. I just paid that much for an amazing version at Fatty Crab in NY. Yours are not worth the markup on what should be a cheap cut of meat, served in a mall in Cincy.

All I can say is, Chef, cut down the menu. Toss the sushi. Find some kind of consistency and vision for this restaurant. You have a prime location, don't squander it by trying to pander to everyone (there's already a place that does that 100 yards away, it's called Cheesecake Factory).

Other places in the Kenwood/Montgomery area I would eat before I returned to Aroma: Embers, Carlo and Johnny's, Trio, Kyoto, Mei, Montgomery Inn, Steak & Shake, Skyline Chili and anything I can cook at home.

Sorry this is harsh, but I want a good restaurant to succeed over here (and many good ones do), but whatever they're doing now just isn't working for me.

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