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Sushi Mizutani - good, but overrated?

sajith | Oct 9, 200911:58 PM

We live in Tokyo, and have been trying different sushi places in Tokyo once a week for the past year. I have to say I was slightly disappointed by the sushi we had for lunch at Mizutani. We ordered the omakase course (with sake ended up over 600USD for two), and though none of the items were bad, we did not find anything to be outstanding (as in best we have ever had) except for the egg - not something I would consider a yardstick for a sushi restaurant. I would definitely consider places like Sawada and Sushi Saito much higher in terms of the wow factor. I even think some of the non-Michelin places were better, like Sushizen and Ume no Sushi in Hokkaido, and Tsukasa and Kiraku-sushi in Tsukiji.

We had heard stories of Mizutani-san's reticence and seriousness, but were surprised by the complete silence in the place despite being full with customers and my wife's (her Japanese is near fluent from living in Japan for almost 15 years) attempts to engage the itamae in conversation. Since we consider banter with the itamae an integral part of the sushi experience, that was another strike against this place. Funnily enough, after all the other customers left by the end of our meal, Mizutani-san opened up completely and we had lots of good laughs - very weird.

Most people seem to drool and ooh and aah over Mizutani's fare, are we really alone in being underwhelmed with it? How do people compare Mizutani against Sawada or Kanesaka or Sushi Saito?

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