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First Visit to Echigo

jcwla | Apr 14, 200307:59 PM

Well, after reading so much about it here, I decided to try Echigo today. The lunch special started with a piece of tuna and a piece of yellowtail, both good. Then came a red snapper with a sauce that reminded me of the ever-so-gentle sauce Masa put on his squid at Ginza Sushi-Ko. The salmon also had a faint trace of that sauce, though I leave the seaweed strip to others. The albacore was tasty, but then again it's always one of my favorites. Finally, out came a very yummy blue crab roll with a fair though not massive amount of crabmeat. What I liked maybe best of all is the wonderfully warm, sticky rice Toshi uses -- and somehow he doesn't feel the need to douse it and everything else in that god-awful Sasabune sauce. Because of the rain, there were maybe ten people in the joint, so I tipped unduly heavily. The service was very nice, especially the older woman; the younger one seemed a hair surly though certainly not nasty. $10 is, of course, a very good deal for this many pieces of sushi and the roll, but you certainly won't leave feeling bloated. For my money, $9.50 for the huge, teeming-with-tunameat spicy tuna salad and the wonderfully warm deliciousness of the California roll in soypaper, the lunch special #8 at Nagao, leaves me fuller. But certainly Echigo is well worth a return visit, and a first look if you've never been. -- Jordan

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