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R23 - Did not live up to Expectation

jotfoodie | Apr 21, 2008 01:54 PM

I have always wanted to try this so called sushi destination spot, that I finally had the chance last week to try it over lunch. I have great expectation based on fellow chowhounders recommendation of this restaurant, a place that is "worth the trip". I have to agree that part of the fun was finding this elusive place. When I finally located the restaurant, it reminded me of Katsu (when Katsu Michite (Tama Sushi in Studio city) had his restaurant on Hillhurst in Los Feliz in the late 70s thru mid 90s).

I went specifically for the Dungeness Crab Salad ($21). It was good but not great, the salad was swimming on a bed of watery dressing (forgot to tell to put dressing on the side based on another chowhounder's recommendation). Next was the assortment plate and sashimi plate. I judge a Japanese sushi place on 2 features, rice and food presenation. The bowl of rice was terrible, it looked and tasted like what they would serve in a chinese restaurant (the kind they would use for fried rice). My wife and I were very disappointed, rice is sacred to the Japanese culture, I never had it that bad in a Japanese Restaurant. Next came the sashimi and cooked stuff from the assortment plate. The presentation of the the assortment plate is at best mediocre, the sashimi plate looked unappetizing. This is our take, stick with the cooked stuff, and you can take a pass on the raw stuff (tasteless). We were clearly not too thrilled about our experience. Service was very good but if the cooked stuff is the only good thing here, there are other better places to choose from.

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