I love Japanese food. I've been lucky enough to visit the beautiful country four times and am planning another trip this year. I've been on a search for a few good Japanese places since moving to NJ, but most of the time run into a strange NJ phenomenon. Why are most Japanese places here not run by Japanese. Japanese sushi chefs and cooks go through very extensive training and their cuisine is more complex and varied than silly jersey shore rolls and flaming hibachi tables. I never once saw anything close to resembling either of these absurd American inventions while visiting Japan. The other thing that infuriates me is the all Asian food under one roof trend. How can you have a Japanese Thai Chinese joint and expect much of anything to taste "Authentic"? Has anyone come up with a concept serving French German and Irish food under one roof? It is just too damn strange.
And don't even get me started on sushi. I'm surprised we don't lead the states in cases of food poisoning or, hell, maybe we do?
I have found a few places that seem ok and are run by Japanese, but they seem to cater to those that don't really eat sushi/sashimi. Sorry guys, eating a roll, although good at times, is not eating sushi.
Plus we have no noodle shops, izakayas, yakitori, tonkatsu, or any of the other types of Japanese restaurants outside of mistuwa around or am I missing some hidden places?
There is no question that the demand is there so why aren't there better options that are truer versions of the cuisine?