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I went to Shuko. I was skeptical as I had mixed feelings or great expectations about Neta and was disappointed. I think these "ex-Masa guys" "ex Netaguys" have seen the shortcomings of Neta and improved it when starting Shuko.
It is set up the same way, somewhat bigger sushi bar and less tables. Other reviews said "dark and romantic" , it is neither. It is bright and active as 90% of the seats are at the sushi bar/counter.
They have 2 choices sushi omakase, sushi and kaiseki omakase. I went for the one that has more food.The sush-kaiseki meal is $145 , expensive but I guess that's the going rate these days i.e. Ichimura, Nakazawa, Sushi Gari etc.
Started out with a starter of mochi with miso and pistachio, it tasted good.
Then a dungeoness crab salad dish, was not bad.
tuna tartare with caviar and a piece of toast from homemade bread. It was a good dish. It is the only Japanese restaurant that I've ever ha bread in. Breaking the rules here. Not to divert too much, but I once took a friend to a Japanese restaurant . It was his first Japanese meal ever. he was starving. He was so upset that we were just waiting for food and nothing to munch on, and yelled out " can't I get some damn bread on the table" and making reference to every Italian restaurant he has ever been to. Anyway, it was funny at the time, especially that he was an Outer Boro kind of guy.
Ok back to the food, then I had seatrout with trout roe, decent dish.
Then a delicious lobster with truffle dish. then some "fries' veggie tempura fries.
Then my favorite kaiseki dish was a perfectly cooked squab, very delicious.
Then a dashi , that tasted good , a bit smokey, as a pallet cleanser before sushi.
I have no idea how many pieces of sushi there were, but if the same number of pieces would be the sushi omakase, then I recommend doing the sushi and kaiseki if you want to be filled up.
I had several pieces of sushi. Otoro, from a good size Boston Bluefin. The chef Jimmy Lau, is very skilled with his sushi knife. He trims the sinew, and later serves a sushi piece with seared sinew that was actually very good.. We had some Santa Barabara uni, a crispy rice with mushrooms and truffle sushi,shima aji, kanpachi, tai, sawara, some more pieces ( forgot) , tuna scallion roll, and a lotus root , ume, and shiso which was very good. ( photo attached, and photos attached).
I liked the friendliness, I liked the food, the vibe was good. Service was excellent. It was not a pretentious place. It was however, expensive after a bottle of sake. Oh dessert was a grape sorbet , followed by apple pie and ice cream.
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