with the confirmation of omi gone and an increasing number of rather disappointing experiences at japango, i was hoping toshi would be the shining light. they didn't quite hit the mark but i dare say they could give a number of the izakaya-style places in this city for a run.
sushi combo's are heavy on simple maki rolls (tuna, california, etc) and with their pricing rivaling the deluxe meals at japango, it's disappointing that much of the sushi never really breaches the typical fish. the freshness of the fish (maguro, salmon, marinated salmon, butterfish, makeral w/ roe, and unagi) was certainly apparent but the delicate flavours of the fish were beyond subtle. this was made even worse with overly seasoned rice (mostly vinegar) that tended to overpower every bite.
separate orders of hamachi and giant clam were had, and at $4 a single piece the value was difficult to swallow. the hamachi was perfect, but again beaten into submission by the rice, and the giant clam (aka. geoduck) seemed to be lightly cooked but maintained a wonderful crunch and a delicious base sweetness. the geoduck did lack the tenderness of a piece i've had at kumai.
overall they were incredible in their consistency and formation of the nigiri but overall the portioning was rather small.
alternatively the fried flounder, marinated oyster, fried fermented soy beans (more onion than bean with a near bahji like flavour), and grilled ox tongue were fantastic. fried items were not overly greasy and remained quite crispy throughout the meal. the ox tongue was tender and deliciously charred. each dish came with its own dipping sauce that gave it more complexity. a varied sake list and quite a few alcoholic beverages on the menu, i could see this working out as an izakaya style experience much better.
and just a note about the service... the waitresses were friendly, helpful and lovely but the sushi chef seemed to want nothing to do with our simple queries regarding the fish we couldn't firmly identify in the case.