Okay so I only ate at two sushi places, but they were both withen one hour of each other :)
anyways... the bad: Ichi-ban-Kan on Irving and 10th.
Raw fish as mealy and unfresh as at Ichi-ban could only be forgiven if it were in Iowa. And at least the rice in the nigiri would be decent in Iowa. Thankfully the texture of the glutonous mush of vinigered rice in the nigiri was so unpleasent that it overpowered the taste of the frostbitten fish that it supported.
I was angred, victimized, and most of all not full...
The Excellent: Yum Yum Fish vaugly around Irving and 19th.
It is usualy a good sign when a resteraunt sells it's most crucial ingrediants by the pound, as well as in your food. ( Rosamande sausages, Tortillas at the Mexitessin on Florida) Yum Yum sold the sushi rice at three dollars a pound to a consistant line of old Japanese and Chinese women. More important then that, the majority of the business of Yum Yum is as a fish market, which dominates the room. You either order your raw fish at the fish counter in the front to take home in white wax paper or in the back to be wrapped in nori paper and white rice; only the wrapper differs. I had a role with ultra fresh halibut for 2.00 and one with two types of Tuna for 3.50.
It's kind of like eating your sushi in a fish market in Cape Cod but hey... I am now convinsed that shucked oysters (excellent and only 70 cents each) beats a japanese iceberg salad as a pre-sushi appatizer.
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