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sockeye salmon sushi?

paul l | Sep 16, 200305:03 PM

I just ate at Uzen on College Ave on Saturday, my favorite sushi place in the East Bay. One of their specials was sockeye salmon. Sake, the "regular" salmon, is my standard sushi favorite, so I ordered the sockeye. It was incredible!!! The color of the flesh was this stunningly bright crimson, and the texture was soft and tender, but not the least bit mushy. The flavor was mellow and sweet. The "salmon" flavor was subtle but lingering. It was the best piece of sushi I ever had. I was so shocked by how good it tasted, I actually chewed on my tongue by accident. The sockeye was so good though, I barely flinched, moved my tongue to the sidem and just kept on chewing and savoring...

The other special, bluefin tuna, was also incredibly good, but the sockeye--it was pretty much one of the best things I ever tasted, raw or cooked. Anyway, I would highly recommend you try some while they still have it. The third special, young yellowtail, was good, but inferior compared to the other two specials. It was flown in from Japan and cost 10 bucks for two pieces. If I hadn't had the sockeye and the bluefin, I would have been miffed by the young yellowtail, but c'est la vie.

My question is, are there any other sushi restaurants that serve sockeye on a regular or semi-regular basis? I am almost willing to trade my future first born for an equivalent weight in sockeye salmon sushi--they must have laced those pieces with heroin or something.

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