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Dinner at Cotan=No faith in chowhound (long)

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Dinner at Cotan=No faith in chowhound (long)

sake | Aug 5, 2004 10:07 AM

Last night I had dinner at chowhound. I was excited to try it based on recs from this board. I really wanted to like it. I have to say, it was probably the worst sushi experience I have had so far. Nothing was especially fresh tasting or creative.

Our meal started with complimentary edamame that were browning on the edges, cold, and mushy. We sat at the bar so I asked the sushi chef if there was anything he recommended, but he just pointed at the specials board written on the wall. We decided to order 2 appetizers: the first was ok, various sashimi in a vinegar sauce. There were a couple (tiny)pieces each of octopus, mackerel, and two other kinds of fish I couldn't identify. In addition there was one piece of shrimp, but the rest of the bowl was sliced cucumber and seaweed. The sauce was fine. The second app. was inedible. The menu said it was tuna sashimi over ground mountain potato. It was cubed tuna (pretty tough) in a sauce that looked like grits but had the consistency of raw egg whites. It had no flavor, and the texture was very unappetizing. We had a few rolls to follow, a spicy tuna which was boring, a soft-shell crab roll from the specials board, and a futo maki, described on the menu as a " very large roll with 10 different ingredients". This was indeed a large roll, but the only kind of fish in it was crab stick. There were about 4 other things in it, including egg, radish, seaweed, and something else. This was $10. I guess it was our fault for not asking before ordering what would be in it, we mistakenly assumed there would be fish in it. We also ordered the cherry blossom shrimp from the specials board. The waitress told us it was shrimp tempura. They were very small shrimp (almost looked like crayfish to me) fried and served in a bowl. We only tasted the batter, there was no shrimp taste to speak of.

We had planned on ordering some sushi as well, but decided against it.

We were still hungry when we left, so we walked to Joe's and got a slice of pizza (had never tried Joe's before). It was the best thing we ate all day.

so, to those of you who really like this place, what happpened? Did we just go on an off night? Did we order wrong? Becuase of this, I'm afraid to suggest another chowhound recommendation to my boyfriend.

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