Venues can be like lovers. You believe, it seems good, even great, then one day or night you see them in the stark light of truth and suddenly it's over. Tonight I realized that the lack of quality is more and more not worth the decent prices at Sapporo. The fish was just not good. The maguro was on a par with Yama. It was pink and medium grade at best.The hirame was so dead; too firm and incomparable to hirame and engawa I have had that was so full of life. The hamachi was oddly coloured; different from the gorgeous quality I found at cheap places in West L.A. I admit I have been a bit of a tightwad after L.A. sushi places, where they were often family joints with a predominantly Asian clientele. I put up with places like Tomoe where there was no interaction with a sushi chef. Tonight I realized all the sushi chefs at Sapporo are now Mexican. I am not racist, but it takes away some of the authenticity. Reminds me of my first time in Sandobe ages ago where the same trend was in play. Maybe I should try the place mentioned in the thread below.Tomoe has also gone down and is now just a money-driven dump with very little vibe. It was pretty friendly ages ago, when Ken-san made one feel at home.
Any suggestions would be appreciated, but I can't stand to drop $100 on sushi, so think "family" and not