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Sushi Tenn for lunch -- Mild Thumbs Down

jcwla | Feb 13, 2004 05:56 PM

Went with four colleagues for lunch at Sushi Tenn today. It's at 2004 Sawtelle Blvd., on the east side of the street, two doors down from the shabu shabu place. The center it's in has free parking in back, but we found street parking.

Choices at lunch are assorted sushi ($20), assorted sashimi on rice ($20), and the individual sushi menu (most sushi and rolls priced at $7-8 per order, sashimi at $14-16).

My colleagues all went for the sushi special, I for the sashimi but without rice. The specials start with a colorful and unusual-tasting but delicious seaweed and vegetable salad in a light dressing. Some didn't like the taste but I thought it was the best part of the meal.

They brought the miso soup with our sushi and sashimi. The miso was flavorful and yummy but the tofu at the bottom was nasty.

The sushi specials contain nine pieces of sushi, a roll (yellowtail today, always in seaweed as they don't use soypaper), and what they call egg omelet.
The sashimi had more pieces: tuna, yellowtail, snapper, albacore, mackerel, scallop, shrimp, sweet shrimp, crab, and one or two others. Sashimi was generally good but not especially yummy or memorable.
They provided lots of good ginger, slightly pasty wasabi, and the sprouts and scallions I like to use on sashimi.

Basically, we just all thought it was a bit too pricey for what it was: creditable but not memorable fish. I'd pass on lunch there at these prices in favor of the sushi special at Nagao or albacore and spicy tuna roll at Hide.

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