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Sushi Kaji review (long)

Fickle | Apr 25, 2005 12:52 PM

A friend and I finally got a chance to check out Sushi Kaji for dinner on Friday night. We made reservations a couple of weeks in advance to secure a spot at the sushi bar. Thanks for the recommendations chowhounds, the sushi bar was so much fun! The chef was very entertaining, very informative and very friendly.

We should have listened to a fellow chowhound's advice on this board and ordered the smaller of the two dinner option but no, we decided to spurge and ordered the omakase! The food was incredible. My waistline kept expanding as I kept on eating. I couldn't stop, the food was delicious and I couldn't wait to sample the next offering. Mitsuhiro just kept adding to our sashimi and sushi plates and the kitchen just kept bringing out the most delectable little hot dishes.

Here's a brief summary of what we had, in no particular order and missing more descriptive details: warm asparagus soup with tempura asparagus, fish broth with sea bream, tempura lobster, teriyaki sea unagi on a bed of cruncy sesame rice, baby squids with minature mushrooms in a very sweet egg yolk sauce, cucumber with pickled melon, rice and oyster wrapped in bamboo leaves, minced tuna with grated white radish, perfectly grilled abalone steak, marinaded mixed japanese vegetables, variety of sushi (king crab, tuna, shrimp and other fishes I have no idea what kind!), variety of sashimi (so exotic that I didn't know what half of it was, most memorable were: thin almost eel like white fish with silver back, a thicker white fish with a firmer texture, tuna from Spain & Hawaii, and of course the live shrimp that Mitsuhiro ripped the head off of and peeled it's shell right before your eyes, it was the size of a giant prawn but the texture of a sweet baby shrimp). The kitchen dipped the shrimp head in tempura batter and brought it back to us. The innards were very tasty deep-fried. I had told them I was lactose intolerant so for dessert they brought me a special red bean cake, it was so decadent and delicious. My friend who was served a light fluffy coconut mousse cake was envious of my red bean cake, he said it was much better than his!

The dinner was incredible, we will definitely be going back. For the two of us with an omakase dinner each, a large bottle of sake and tea with our desserts, our bill came to $340 tax & tip included. Highly recommend the sushi bar if you can get a spot there, it seats 8 people and I can definitely say everyone there had a great time with Mitsuhiro and his sidekick chef. The dining room is a bit removed from the sushi bar so you can't watch the action as well from the tables. The restaurant only seats 30 people and Friday night was completely booked. We were happy we went early (6:30pm) because it gave us time to interact with Mitsuhiro before it got busy. By 8pm, the entire place was filled. The service was incredible, everyone was very friendly, helpful and swift and at no time did we ever feel rushed or ignored. If you go, happy chowing!

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