St. Charles-check. Strip Mall-check. Japanese customers-some. Good meal-yes.
The miso soup provided was good, but not finish the whole bowl good. Our small appetizer of Goma-Ae or spinach with sesame sauce was a very good; freshly cooked and chilled and topped with a hearty peanut, soy and sesame sauce.
We did a very basic sampling of their wares. A plate of yaki soba was excellent in the flavor department but just a tad overcooked, unless that it how its supposed to be. A decent amount of pork, onions and cabbage was in the mix. For actual sushi we got a few pieces of hamachi and a few pieces of toro and for rolls we ordered the ubiquitous spicy tuna and one of smoked salmon, cream cheese and avocado.
Ive never been to a high end sushi restaurant so I guess I cant fully compare, but among the places Ive been between Chicago, Portland and Seattle the quality of the fish here was excellent. And admittedly this was my first time trying toro. Holy spit! The texture, the flavor and the mouthfeel. A word not to be bandied about haphazardly is luscious. This stuff was. I see why they charge $3.50 for a piece. The hamachi was also pristine with just a hint of sweetness. The rolls were all well prepared and not skimpy.
We overheard the manager talking with one of the customers explaining that the tuna was very good this week but some other fish offering beginning with an M was not big enough so they rejected it. So it was nice to hear that theyre not just phoning it in and taking some pride in their offerings.
One of the best non-sushi deals here is the lunchbox of salmon: Teriyaki salmon filet, rice, small salad w/sesame dressing, California roll and tempura veg. for 6.95. All of it cooked with care.
2400 E Main St. #107A (Foxboro Plaza)
St. Charles, IL 60174