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Sushi Yasuda, Grand Sichuan, Sono

JGS | Jun 25, 2001 06:26 PM

Long time listener; first time caller. I finally got motivated to write after dinner last Saturday at Sushi Yasuda, which I found to be, by far, the best sushi I've had in the city (including Nobu and Sushi of Gari, both of which I love). Maybe I caught them on a good night, or whatever (I'm always wary of making broad statements after one visit), but the sushi was like butter -- absolutely melting in our mouths. I can particularly recommend the Toro, the White Salmon, the Eel, and the Char, but frankly everything we sampled there was fantastic.

I've been meaning to write for some time about a few other places, so here are my quick two cents. I love Grand Sichuan (uptown location), and thank you to everyone at this site who pointed me in their direction. One (fairly sizable) nit, however. I've been there on several occasions, with different groups of people, who naturally vary in how "hot" they like/can tolerate the dishes. Almost invariably, the restaurant fails to get it right. I've been there and asked for everything mild, and gotten dishes that were almost impossible to swallow. Other times, I've asked for medium-hot, and was served dishes that were way too mild. I understand that different folks have different ideas of what "mild", "medium" etc. means, but the fact that the dishes AT A SINGLE MEAL arrive with such variance is proof (to me, at least) that the kitchen is ignoring the request (or just isn't careful).

Lastly, I had dinner about a month ago at Sono, for about the fourth time. Every experience there has been great. I absolutely love the food -- plus, the room is lovely and the waiters are attentive and friendly. But the place is always empty, and I can't understand why. It wouldn't surprise me to hear that it has closed since I went there last; the staff had that look in their eyes. It would be a real shame to lose such a gem.

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