I'm definitely not sure what the hoopla is all about. But I was very exited to try it after the extreme positive reviews and other reviews.
It's across from a subway, in a more modern style mini-mall that you may miss if not for the "Hard Core Sushi" sign emblazoned on the outside of the storefront.
Suffice to say, I entered and checked out the blackboard menu to the left of the sushi bar with not the usual suspects including more than a half dozen LIve fish, but sadly they were not serving the live lobster, live uni, or live softshell crabs (soft shell crabs are for the summer time I hear).
Instead I ordered a few orders of sushi and it was still quite expensive and the cuts were tiny.
Red snapper with a chili peper flakes.
Big toro sushi ( I presume that means big eye toro).
all these items together were roughly 50 bucks with a soda.
I skipped out on dessert since they didn't have the kaluaha coffee jello ice cream (which sounded really grand from previous reviews) nor the green tea creme brulee.
They also have shabu shabu for two, a couple different varieties of speciality rolls, aka mayonaisse-y, spicey, cream cheese, eel sauce doused rolls.
Anyhow, the sushi was expensive even though I only got a few pieces. And I could easily see how you could rack up a 175 bill here or me considering that most likely the Live Lobster and Live Uni if they were available when I had visited would have run up a tab of probably $50 or $70 a piece.
Also, the toro was big eye not blue fin so it was not that buttery, or have that melt in the mouth tendency that I love in great toro. And it was pretty pricey considering at about 17 bucks for two pieces.
Anyhow, I'm not quite sure what to make of this place. Maybe I'll give it another try when they are serving the Live goods in the summer. And just stick to sashimi, since the rice is not their strong suit at all. On a side note, the service was not very good at all, very slow, forgetful, etc. and almost felt like they were not ready for prime time.
Additionally, the rice was basically a cold block, not something I was happy about at all. Though maybe I'm just used to the rice in the sushi at Mori, Zo, Hikko et al, which is night and day with the rice at Maki Zushi.