After many months of delay, Sushi Tango (or Tango's Sushi?) just opened at the calhoun square mini mall. We went there last night and bravely opted for an Omakase (bravely, as our previous Minneapolis sushi experiences left a lot to be desired). Sefu, the sushi chef, who seems to have a cult following, started us off with 5 types of sashimi (surf clam, tuna, mackerel and two other fish), continued with 4 types of nigiri (scallop, shrimp, snapper(?) and squid (?)), going on to crispy fried shrimp heads, scallion tuna cones, an extraordinary crispy shrimp roll, smoked salmon nigiri and a kimchi like tuna roll.
The fish were of very high quality, better than anything we've tasted around here and while not as good as what you can get at the best sushi bars in the U.S. (Yasuda in new york, Matsuisha in LA), the prices are significantly less than half of what you'd pay there - for all the sushi plus 3 cups of sake (at $10 a pop) and beer, we paid $110 before tip. While I would imagine this is an introductory price, it's still very far away from the $250 or so you'll leave in one of the abovementioned places.
As expected, service other than sushi was annoying and bad (I mean, how difficult is it to train your staff not to forget drink orders and then bring you the wrong drink?) and the decor has all the plastic, temporary looking charm of a shopping mall restaurant.
Anyway, we came to eat sushi, not enjoy the decor or get the drinks we wanted, so to cut a long story short, Sushi Tango is highly recommended and a definite life saver for sushi lovers in the Minneapolis metro. Get friendly with the sushi chefs before the expected rave reviews hit the press...
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