I tried the new place at 5335 College last Sunday night. It was great. First off, it is not called Takara (I forgot to look back at what was on the prior post so may have misspelled the name here, please forgive me). That is the owner/sushi chef's name. He is from Kirala, however. The restaurant is called Rikyu. It is a pleasant space. It was practically empty on Sunday evening around 7 p.m. I ate at the sushi bar.
I had miso soup to start and it was very good. That is one of my tests of a Japanese restaurant. This was nicely balanced and the tofu was very fresh and delicate. Fresh tofu is another test, IMHO. This was excellent.
I had a number of nigiri sushi, uni, unagi, saba, toro, halibut, and octopus. All were delicious and very fresh. They were also beautiful. The amount of fish on each piece was generous as well. The chef gave me a taste of the spicy tuna that I think was mentioned here before as part of the shouse appetizer. It was great but I would suggest you eat it at the end as it is quite spicy and interferes with the delicacy of the other items. Two things stand out, the uni was very fresh and tasted like the sea, as it should. The saba (mackerel) was also good and did not stay with me for the rest of the evening as mackerely that is not completely fresh can do. The pickeled ginger was not pink...
They have also a regular menu of tempura, teriyaki, shioyaki etc. and they say they serve noodles at lunch. The chef goes to the market every day and if the spinach, for example, does not look good, he doesn't serve it that day.
I hope others will try Rikyu and I look forward to hearing your comments.
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