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samurai sushi in sac/rancho cordova - kitchen's tuna very poor

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samurai sushi in sac/rancho cordova - kitchen's tuna very poor

vinovert | May 23, 2005 04:44 PM

several hounds apparently like this place, so on a trip back from lake tahoe, we stopped in.

Very spacious, lots of tables, and a lots of seats at the sushi bar. To get a taste of every thing, we ordered the samurai combo. Food was generally tasty, except for the sashimi which was of very poor quality. In fact, I asked the server and she confirmed that the kitchen uses a different grade of tuna for the kitchen dishes while the sushi bar uses fresh fish. The tuna sashimi provided with combo dinner was a pinkish color, like it was dyed, and was a bit mushy. Taste was non-existent. If I had to guess, it was similar to the product sold frozen at Albertson's for $6.99 or so a pound. It's too bad they they chose the cheap route, because for the six slices provided,they could have furnished the fresh (actually all the tunas are sold frozen in tokyo) stuff for about $1 or $1.50 extra in cost of materials. As our combo dinner was $36, they definitely could have fitted it in. (the rest of the combo dinner: one grilled saba for 2 - cooked properly but a bit too fishy in taste, perhaps a little old; grilled pork strips, very tasty; chicken teriyaki - average; tempura, clean flavors; beef sukiyaki, very flavorful.) Service, however, was very friendly.

Would I go back? No.

My take on the other places in Sac:

Taka's downtown is much better, as is Shige Sushi on Howe (probably my favorite). Zen Toro's cooked foods are much superior, his sushi just above average. Nishiki is just so-so, with inconsistent quality, and Mikuni, well, it really isn't your classic japanese place, is it. Nevertheless, very good quality fish, great sake selection. I've yet to try Kru, but have heard very good things about it.

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