Restaurants & Bars

Todai Sushi

James G | Nov 26, 2004 05:41 PM

I went to the Fair Oaks Mall branch of Todai today (what possessed me to venture near a mall on the day after Thanksgiving remains a mystery) and was pleasantly surprised. The place is cavernous, and when I arrived at 1:30pm it was pretty full. The greeter (who uttered a very forceful "irasshaimase" upon my entrance, like in a regular sushi bar) told me I would have to wait 20 minutes, which initially put me off, but in fact I waited only about 5 minutes before being seated by a young woman who cheerfully offered me a tour of the place before bringing me to my table. The food service area is broken up into a sushi station, a salads station, a dessert station, a hot food station and a noodle station. There are far too many dishes for someone of my size to sample at one sitting (particularly if he wishes to remain of that size), so I limited myself today to the noodles and the sushi.

The noodles on offer today (I could not quite tell if it varies) was tempura udon, with a very respectable broth and nicely done noodles. The tempura was only fair, but considering that it is not made to order it was OK. The sushi section was the busiest of the place, which encouraged me that the sushi would be pretty fresh. They have a large selection of maki-type rolls, including spicy tuna, Philadelphia, inari, and others I cannot recall the names of. There is also a section of nigiri sushi (slabs of fish on rice), including tuna, salmon, squid, octopus, eel, etc. All of it was better than average for a buffet place, though not up to the level of a made-to-order sushi bar.

The price for lunch (not including beverage) is $13.95, and for dinner it's $23.95. Not a bad place to have in the area.

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