Was in the mood for first-rate sushi last night and didnt feel like traveling downtown, so took a shot at getting into SoG w/o a res. Got there at 7:40, got in at 7:45. (they hold tables for 15 minutes, and if the reservation holder doesn't show, they immediately, and graciously, give the table away.) My first dinner at Gari left me saying, Ho, hum, whats all the fuss about? but as its the only highly rated sushi stop in my neighborhood, I figured, given all the praise it garners here, why not try it again?
Like last time, I ordered the omakase (at the table, not the sushi bar) but this time we got more specific about what we liked and didnt.
Well This visit blew away my last dinner there. The waiter was generous in his descriptions of each and every offering and in what order they would best be eaten. What was on the platter was scrumptious. An interesting ratio of cooked to raw, sushi & rolls (more cooked than I think I would have liked, but yummy nonetheless,) and I was a bit full towards the end to get the maximum palate experience from some of the selections.
There was peppered bonito, almost like pastrami, avocado sushi w/chopped eel and cucumber, barely cooked yellowtail with (I think) a ginger sauce, an outstanding salmon with a broiled tomato and something else on top, which tastes much better than it sounds, spicy shrimp tempura roll, fried oyster roll with an interesting sauce, tuna with tofu sauce, grilled scallop, sweet shrimp, some kind of chopped tuna and ginger combo, and a foie gras sushi with daikon radish.
Sushi Yasuda is still my favorite, however I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Thanks to all the hounds here who continue to sing Garis praises. I finally get what all the fuss is about. Now to try Garis omakase at the sushi bar.