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Kane Sushi, Lafayette (review)

JoAnn | Dec 27, 200410:37 AM     6

We finally tried the new sushi place in town, Kane Sushi, very good to excellent food and poor service.

Kane Sushi is located in a strip mall on Mt. Diablo Blvd. In the eight years we've lived here, there have been at least four restaurants in that same location. There are about a dozen tables and a big sushi bar, which was empty. Very typical interior, except for the handwritten menu items that dotted the walls. Evidently, Kane Sushi will make any sushi that a customer creates and name it after the author (a spin on the NY delis?).

We tried a variety of tradional dishes as well as Kane Sushi's signature non-tradional sushis. The combination dinner at $15.50 included choice of two items and miso soup, salad, and rice. My son's salmon teriyaki was moist and his tuna sashimi was among the best I've ever had. Melt in your mouth quality. My udon with beef short ribs was also excellent. Traditional sushis were of top quality but the customer-specials varied tremendously. Almost a Japanese roulette

The service was poor. The restaurant was almost full. I always apreciate Japanese restaurants that still provide the hot towels, but Kane didn't deliver them unitl we were half way through our dinner. When the waiter brought the wrong udon dish, it took over five minutes for me to catch his attention. No one ever took away the dirty dishes when the new dishes arrived so that by the end of the meal, we were stacking plates to make room. Getting the check and paying the bill was another test of patience.

Lafayette needs a Japanese restaurant, so I will give it another try. Maybe this was an off-night.

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