I haven't been to Mashiko in ages, after a disappointing few visits. When I say ages, I mean years. Well, hubby and I went last night & we were surprised by what a lackluster $50 meal we had. Contrary to what others have recommended, we did not have the omakase. We didn't want a large meal, and I'm pregnant, which means I'm not eating sushi.
The high point of the meal was the scuba-worthy salt water fish tank. All manner of wondrous little creatures: blennies, a green crab smaller than a quarter, gorgeous red polka-dotted shrimp, and varied and lovely sea anemones.
The $4 of edamame bought us a small bowl that arrived at the same time as the other dishes, not before. Wanting something simple, but tasty, I ordered the tempura udon. It showed up having clearly waited for a bit before arriving at our table with almost all the crunchiness gone. It says something good that the tempura was tasty even when soggy. The broth was unremarkable except for its saltiness.
Hubby's sushi was tasty & his sake "lovely," but our spider (listed as "spyder", for some reason)roll was unremarkable, & I'm usually a ho' for spider rolls.
And the service was weird. She was brusque, absent for too long and then very attentive for about a minute.
When our $50 tab arrived, we looked at each other and decided to save our sushi jones for Nishino, where we can eat magnificent, fresh, beautiful food, have sake and wine, be looked after by the waitstaff and sushi chefs, not have bad jazz played too loudly, and pay only a bit more than we did at Mashiko.