I looked around for previous postings on this, and couldn't find any, so I thought I'd write a little about something I saw at Sharaku yesterday.
As you already know, Japanese sushi is generally smaller sized, so it fits in your mouth in one bite. American sushi is generally larger, so it can sustain the American desire for biggerBetterFasterMore. This particular anomaly takes that American style to the extreme. The rice and the slices were giant. Order it sometime just for fun- or do what I did and look over someone else's shoulder while they try and wrestle with these sea beasts.
Village Jumbo Sushi Tuna (2), Yellowtail (2), Salmon (2), Eel (2), Choice of 1 Roll from (Tuna, Cucumber, California, Y. Tail w/ Scallion)
Tomoe's jumbo slices are great. They don't call them jumbo though- they just are- and the rice isn't jumbo if you get sushi, just the slice- The fish quality at tomoe is amazing. This fish quality at sharaku? Not so much. No big bands of fattness, no marbled meat- some slices contained 'dark meat' - the fishier tasting parts- yellowtail inparticular. The sake salmon was farm raised. Maguro tuna, a little bit tough. Uni Sea Urchin was not THAT skunky but whatever- this wasn't top of the line but IT WAS overall tasty and prices reasonable for lunch specials.
I did marvel at the (head?) chef's knife skills. He was the one with warts on his ungloved hands- but these hands- so fast. He could take a cucumber- there would be a blur(bullet time?).. and then the cucumber would be sliced so thinly- not all the way through- in little disks- spread and it would make a beautiful fan. Very nice!
So all in all, if you have a friend who say, has a birthday- is more about quantity than quality, and is in the mood for something a little out of the ordinary- this could be your ticket. I probably wouldn't go there for any other reason. ;)