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STL Sushi Club - Tsunami review, 1/23/08

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STL Sushi Club - Tsunami review, 1/23/08

Richard 16 | Jan 27, 2008 01:02 PM

The January Kosher Sushi Club meeting was at Tsunami, a new restaurant in Chesterfield. This is a review for the sushi only. It is located on Long Road in Chesterfield a little south of Edison in the small Maple Grove strip mall. We had ten members attend. We were placed in a side room that was too small for an electric scooter and/or if we had had more people show up. (There were18 last month.)

Tsunami is a fairly large and new looking place, with a bar with several tables when you walk in. There's a variety of tables and booths, and a 6-7 seat sushi bar towards the back. Wheelchair and scooter users be advised: there is only one curb cut for the whole strip mall, and it was blocked by an SAV (suburban assault vehicle) dramatically slowing down one member's entry. Inside is fine.

The sushi chef was Edwin Silva, who worked at the St. Louis Fish Company (that space is now part of the new casino & hotel Lumiere.) (Richard and Ricardo, two chefs from Miso, had been there this writer's first visit.) Prices are a little high for the area but not bad with portions on the larger side, washing out to about average. The biggest price complaint is the lack of a sushi lunch combination special. While food delivery was way too long, the server was great; very attentive and personable! (While a specific request was made for tobiko, they brought masago. This was quickly corrected.)

The food itself was varied. The rice was too moist and flavor just a touch too vinegary (but then I like it understated); the rice to topping/filling ratio very good. The fish was very good to excellent, the mackerel slightly on the vinegary and firm side but better than most of the other places in the region. The fish selection is average; this may pick up with time. Rolls are varied and well done, with the big winner being the Marilyn Monroll.

The biggest drawback was the music volume. Wednesdays apparently are '80s night, with a D.J. blasting music so loud it was difficult for us to hear each other, and we weren't all that close. This is not the night to go for a quiet, relaxed, meal.

As luck would have it there was a review of Tsunami the next day in the Post-Dispatch by food writer Joe Bonwich. Here's a link:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/ente...

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