I have been going to Mishima on a regular basis for the past two years during which I had gotten to know the sushi chef (the one who works in the downstairs sushi bar) there well enough that we were always treated extremely well. He knew our likes and dislikes, he would introduce us to new kinds of fish or direct us to the freshest fish, he would shake his head in regret if I asked for something that he thought wasnt that fresh that day, he would often surreptitiously pass along yummy morsels of fish that he just happened to be cutting, or sticks of gobo would just appear alongside our order
I could go on and on. This restaurant is not the spectacular kind of place like many of the new Japanese restaurants opening up in the city these days but more a quiet unassuming kind of place that serves very good sushi at very reasonable prices. No fancy gimmicks or menus, no loud shouts at your arrival, just very very very good service and an atmosphere that made you feel like you were in the best hands possible.
But this all changed yesterday night. I hadnt been there for the past month (which is quite unusual but couldnt be helped) and I was just dying to go there for some very good sushi but lo and behold when I arrived he was not at the sushi bar at fist I thought that he was out sick but then I finally asked one of the other servers and they said that he had left 2 weeks ago!!! I was so shocked I didnt even have an appetite for dinner. The sushi chef there now is adequate but it just wasnt the same. I asked for his whereabouts but nobody seemed to know. So here I am trying to track him down
I dont know his name (I never thought to ask he was just my sushi chef) but he worked,, as I mentioned before, at the downstairs sushi bar at mishima he was tall and thin, probably about 50+ years old, very quiet unassuming demeanor with a smile ready for you all the time. Spoke English with a heavy accent and was just the nicest person possible. There was one time that my boyfriend brought some Turkish delights over from his trip to turkey and the sushi chef responded with a big thank-you after which he came back to the bar with a bottle of Japanese vinegar as a gift for our gift! I desperately would like to find him again if just to say thank-you for all the enjoyable nights we spent at Mishima under his care.
If any of you chowhounders know anything about him or how I can contact him please let me know. Thank-you so much!