Restaurants & Bars

Sushi in the 'burbs of Sac...A tale of two restaurants

bennyboy | Nov 8, 200309:04 PM

Something I do not get. I have a place near my house XIAN (San Juan and Sunset FO). we went there last night for dinner. The place was packed. We waited 20 minutes for our server to bring us water and ask us for our selections. No beans either! I ordered a 3 item combo with Teriyaki chicken, Tempura, and Goyza.(all combos came with gyoza) $13.99. My wife ordered the sahsimi special and a spicy tuna roll. Both our dinners came with soup and it was very good. My meal came out of the kitchen. 2 pieces of shrimp tempura and some veggies. the teriyaki was good, but it came cold from the kitchen. 3 gyza, not bad but not great. my wife'sroll was way too spicy and the sashimi ok. But her meal did not arrive (and without rice)until mine was almost finished. Not good. I still do not understand why there were so many people there. Was it the really cute (male) sushi chef perhaps? this is new ownership here and it is no better than it was before but now people are coming.

Rest #2: Sake Ya. (FO Blvd and Cypress Carmichael). The food is much better here, but no one is ever there. The ambiance is better and quieter. With the combos you get 3 items for the same price and more of it. (There are more choices too!) All meals include goyza and Tsukenomo and soup. The rolls are bigger and better. Sake ya is the best japanese restaurant in Sac, yetno one comes, why. the staff goes out of their way and sees to your every need effortlessly. the fish is always really fresh. They may not have the exotic rolls like Mikuni but overall their food is far superior and much less expensive. I have tried about all the sushi places in this part of town and Sake Ya is the winner everytime, but the place is never very busy. I think that is weird. whaddayouthink?

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