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inyo [dtw]

gan911 | Jan 17, 2012 10:15 AM

Located off of woodward in ferndale, this is a sushi + lounge kinda place. I decided to go due to a groupon i purchased a long long time ago.

The inside is nice, kinda dark, lounge-like with huge booths....there's a pretty decent list of drinks, but i didn't get anything. On the table was an advertisement for dimsum brunch sat/sun w/ a bottomless mimosa/belini/bloody mary + sangrias. The brunch seemed to have some dimsum items, some potstickers, etc. Nothing impressive.

Apparently this place offers an omakase (100/150/200) price range, which requires a 24 hr advanced notice. 7-10 courses. If anyone has ever tried one here or in metro detroit, let me know. definitely a worth while effort in a more established resto, but I'm not going to go out on a limb and drop 100 on a japanese/sushi tasting menu in dtw...

I got the 'chef's choice' sushi for $25, and my friend got the tsunami roll and spicy lady roll.
I told the waitress that I wanted nothing but nigiri, no rolls...and whatever is the freshest for that day.
I received squid, 'red tuna', 'white tuna', yellowtail, salmon, shrimp, and red snapper. a total of 14 pieces I believe. The fish was sliced well, no jaggies and fairly tender (there was some sinew in the red snapper). Taste wise it was pretty fresh, not overly refrigerated - hence I could taste more of the fish instead of a piece of chilled meat. The rice was a bit on the dry and bland side, but not overly sticky or gluey.

I'm not a big roll person, but I'll give the resto props for using bonito flakes on rolls....I'm not overly excited by rolls because they tend to mask the flavor of bad fish, hence I'm not going to make judgement on the flavor. The rolls were mediocre in their construction, I don't believe they made them tight enough...seems lackadaisical in the construction, but they held together overall.

Overall, not too bad, pricey though....50 bucks for maybe 30 bucks worth of sushi without the lounge ambiance? tough call on returning just for sushi
So the key question is would an omakase be worth it in this joint....I don't know enough about the detroit sushi scene, but 100 is a considerable amount to drop on an omakase. I haven't seen another place offering one though, so maybe the rarity of this option increases the price in the detroit area? anyone have any insight?

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