After hearing about Gari for years from friends who think it is wonderful, my wife and I finally took the plunge this evening. We ordered the Omakase and the fried oysters for an appetizer. I expressed that we wanted to stay on the lower side of pricing, say $70 per person. The waiter asked our preferences, I said I definitely wanted uni and eel. He said it would come out in 3 portions. It came out 4 pieces at a time. First of all, the fried oysters were good, not great, but good enough.
Then came the sushi... This restaurant obviously prides itself on nouveau style sushi, which is all fine and good, but if the fish ain't the freshest, top shelf fish, you can sauce yourself till you're blue in the face, and it won't cover it up. Most of the fish was of mediocre quality. Yes, MEDIOCRE. Bland, not exciting, not full of freshness and life, like you would get at Yasuda or Karuma. "But that is a totally different thing" someone might argue, yes, and I would agree... Yasuda is an elegant, quality, artful, transcendent experience and Gari is a low, crap experience.
After 12 pieces of sushi came out, the waiter said the uni and eel were coming out next. Interesting, when I clearly told him in the beginning that we were only interested in having about 10 pieces. And 12 dull and unimaginative pieces at that.
I would say that 3 pieces were somewhat enjoyable.
Don't be suckered by the B.S.
I will never go back. I'm writing this review an hour after our meal, and my wife and I still have the aftertaste of fishy rancidness in our mouths.
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