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sushi zone - report

felice | Mar 11, 2004 01:44 PM

I think the best thing about the place is the price. It was $30 for sushi for two of us (this does not include tax, tip, appetizers, drinks). The grand total for everything, including one beer, was $55. This is half the price of dinner for two at Hama-Ko. For me, the extra money is worth it.

Here's what we ate:

appetizers:
seaweed salad: good, on the sweet side
edemame: standard
stuffed jalapeno baked with albacore: good, tastes exactly like what you would expect from the description. jalapeno was warm, but it was still crunchy

nigiri:
albacore and tataki albacore: above average. the tataki albacore was a seared version of the same fish. i really like the combination of cooked and raw tuna. the albacore was actually very soft in texture - it disintegrated in my mouth.
salmon: we had two pairs. one pair was tastier than the other. the less tasty pair was almost flavorless. the tastier pair was just okay.
mackerel: above average. not as good as hama-ko, but not as bad as the typical overmarinated brittle stuff.
yellowtail: average. It was fine, but it didn't stand out.

rolls:
mango/yellowtail: too much mango and rice, too little yellowtail. mango dominated the flavor
spicy scallop: not spicy, could barely detect the scallop.
I am definitely starting to dislike rolls in general - the fish to rice/other ingredients ratio is too small. For me, the only reason to order a roll is if there is an interesting flavor combination. With that said, I like the rolls at Ebisu better because the fish plays a greater role (pun intended), and the rolls are more creative.

oh yeah, i also tried asking for the jojo special (someone else on this board recommended it a while back) and the waitress had no idea what it was and she had never heard of the person.

the place is very small: two booths and less than 10 sushi bar places. when we arrived a little after 6, the only seats available were at the booths. by 7pm, there were 4-6 people waiting. this place is very popular.

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