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Jose's (no) but Sea to You (yes)


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Jose's (no) but Sea to You (yes)

munchabunch | Feb 24, 2003 08:53 AM

Haven't been for years, but based on the recent thread about posole/Jose's, I took a friend there for dinner. We couldn't get posole (so I still take your word that it's good), but the rest of the meal was unremarkable to disappointing. It's true the owners have changed, but the waitress told us the chef is the same and the only real change is new specials.

The salsa was soupy and needed more everything--a few token cilantro clippings doesn't cut it. My chicken tamales from the specials board were dry on the inside, hard as a rock on the outside, and stuffed with an unexciting thin little thread of dry shredded chicken. My friend's enchilada verde special came rojo (i.e., with a bland red salsa), no verde sauce to be found. They also switched our bean requests. The spinach and cheese enchiladas were good enough, but not memorable. The beans, shredded iceburg, & rice sides were dull standards. All in all I was out $30 for two sub-par entrees and one (according to my friend) decent magarita. I still might call ahead for posole but otherwise I won't be back.

HOWEVER, I also finally made it to Sea to You and that was a tip that deserves to be bronzed and put on the mantle! What a thrill to buy just-cut, beautiful fish at such good prices. The rainbow selection of tobiko (golden, black, wasabi green, two shades of red) made for a beutiful plate of tobiko-topped rolls later. As everyone's posted here fish & roe prices really are significantly cheaper (on average by about $10/pound cheaper than Kotobukiyo). Extras like oba & quail's eggs were priced the same as at Koto. Most of the fish is cut into pretty large pieces though, so you either wind up buying more (aw shucks!) or you have to ask for smaller cuts. Here, I will definitely return. Thanks for the tip!

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