A friend came in from out of town, just back from Peru, and wanted to try the South American/Japanese fusion that is Sushi Samba on 19th and Park. I'll try anything, so what the heck...we went.
Reservation was for 8:30. When we arrived, we were told that we would be seated shortly. After waiting for about 15 minutes, we were told that we would be sitting at THAT table (host points), as soon as the diners finished dessert.
So...after a drink at the bar, we saw the table start to get up, walked over expecting to be seated, and stood there (in a bit of shock) while one of the hosts sat another party at the table...with an explanation something like: "oops".
Needless to say our party was a bit miffed, and not at all settled down by the edamame that we were given as a peace offering.
After some serious complaining to the maitre d', we were finally seated at 9:40. (Why did we stay? I haven't figured that one out yet).
On the up side, our server was quick and knowledgeable, getting us a round of drinks and apps in no time.
The meal may have been jaded by my irritation, so take the review with a grain of salt.
Salads: Nicely done, but a bit drippy. Greens were a bit soggy by the time we ate them.
Tempura: GBD, crisp and flavorful with plenty of sauce to dip
Meals: We all had sushi. The fish was fresh, tasty, tender and arranged with appropriate sauces (along with traditional sushi paraphenalia).
Some of the fusion dishes were...interesting. One of the "rolls" was a brick of sushi rice with fresh (very!) salmon, sliced jalepeno, slightly melted fresh mozzarella and crispy fried strips of onion.
It was a bit strange...I always like to try new things, eat "out of the box" (no pun intended), but this left something to be desired.
IF I choose to return, I will probably stick with simple sushi...but the place is built for the scene seeker, not the chowhound
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