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Sushi Koji Greenville SC -Japanese guests loved it

michael b | Oct 28, 200508:53 AM

I was in Greenville on business and had group of Japanese businessmen w/ me. I've known the senior man for over fifteen years. His (and my) favorite restaurant on the US is Hatsuhana in NY.

It was a very successful day and he wished to celebrate.

Sushi Koji got four happy businessmen that were staying in the Hampton Inn behind the restaurant (excessive drinking would be acceptable as no driving would be involved) and wanted a LONG dinner. We had earlier told the two younger fellows that bars where women danced on tables were not on the agenda.

Four hours later, at least six hundred dollars later and an hour after closing we were on our way carrying one of the young chaps who decided scotch was a good after dinner drink.

Not as good as Hatsuhana but one of my best Japanese meals ever. The kitchen staff got excited when Kaneshige-San (well medicated at this point) went into the kitchen and started asking for very special items. Items they had the ingredients for but took skill and extra time to prepare. Grilled fish cheeks w/ monkfish liver. Unless you speak Japanese I wouldn't try getting this stuff.

I've been going to the place for six or eight years and have never gotten close to the wonderful stuff coming out of the kitchen last night. The Japanese have an expression for a meal on an expense account that will never be questioned...I was at one of those last night.

I recommend going in, putting yourself in either Koji-San's or Hata-San's hands and enjoy the ride. The price WILL be reasonable...they will ask about budgets when doing this.

Just remember to be nice to Koji-San's wife but don't order anything she suggests. Faux sushi for the great unwashed is what she recommends. Cream cheese sushi that has been deep fried or something like that was her push last night.

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