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Is Sushi Nozawa slipping?

Creamfinger | May 11, 2002 04:05 AM

After reading countless comments on this board about the "fabulous" Sushi Nozawa, I decided that I could hardly call myself a true sushi lover without trying the place. So I ventured to Ventura (no pun intended) well armed with all the knowledge the Chowhounds could provide. I knew not to try and order spicy tuna or God forbid... a California roll. Omikase was apparently the rule to live by. Okay, I could offer up control to the sushi gods if it meant a shot a true raw fish nirvana. It was Friday, around 8:30, and I was surprised to see only one other person at the sushi bar and 2 empty tables. Was I in the right place? I expected a line out the door based on the kudos I've read here. The "trust me" signs behind the Chef convinced me I must be in the correct Sushi Nozawa. So I sat down and put myself in the sushi chef's hands.

Now let me say, it wasn't bad. All the fish seemed quite fresh, but beyond that it was just kinda blah. I was expecting greatness. Nothing original was offered. Certainly nothing was beautiful. There was no effort in the creation of the sushi. In fact, the warm, unformed clumps of rice underneath fell apart upon the slightest nudge. After being served about a half dozen truly uninspired and even bland selections I asked for the check and scooted.

Did I go on an off night? Is it possible that the place is slipping? Is there some arcane tidbit of insider knowledge that would have made a difference? What's the deal? Should I go again, or just stick with Hide?

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