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taro's by mikuni

sushidog | Dec 29, 200511:57 AM

finally checked out this new place by Mikuni's in the Arden Fair plaza by the movie theaters. First of all, they did a really nice job decorating the place; we really couldn't tell we were eating in a mall. Tables aren't jammed together either for max seating.
Sushi bar looks like it could handle 20 or so people, but our party of 4 decided to just take a regular table. Service was friendly and efficient.

Menu was very extensive, six or seven pages, offering far too many choices to easily go through. I finally decided on a chirashi don, which I use as one standard for measuring the quality of a restaurant. I wasn't disappointed. Fish was very fresh, with a good assortment (including deep red tuna and himachi). As a side, I also had a "Party in a half shell" which was a combination of a half a raw oyster, some uni (sea urchin) and a quail egg, and they served in three half shells for $7. I can't remember if they also had some black tobiko roe or it or not. Another favorite was the tripe T special ($10), which consists of chopped/diced toro (the fat belly part of the tuna) served in a martini glass, topped with a raw quail egg and black tobiko roe. My friend had the trainwreck roll (shrimp tempura in a roll topped with unagi, which was also very good and not oversauced. We also had an assortment of sushi, all of which was very fresh.

Beers were about $3.50 or $3.75 or $5 or $6 for a 20 oz., I think. Half bottle of domestic sake for $10. Other sakes available, as as a fair range of wines.

We enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go back again. In fact, I think I preferred it to the regular Mikuni's. One bad feature -- parking can be a problem, but then again, we went during the Christmas shopping season.

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