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Posted by InwoodHood on 04/11/2013
The negative reviews here are laughable. I live only two blocks away and I pass it at least twice daily. I've never once looked inside and seen it less than PACKED with people. No, it isn't authentic Japanese Sushi. But who ever said it was? They have a FABULOUS eclectic menu which I personally love, and for the record, I LOVE authentic Japanese food. Packed restaurant = good restaurant. Oh, and the restaurant Mamajuana (same owners) is only steps away. So these restauranteers definitely know what they're doing. We live in flippin' Manhattan people. If you want AUTHENTIC Japanese, then go to an authentic Japanese restaurant and stop complaining about this restaurant, which has NEVER claimed to be authentic anything. Grow up and stop yer whining.
Posted by Christiam on 10/28/2012
Mama Mexico review My husband and I decided to go and check out "the so much" famous food of The Heights. I was really disappointed with this place, although I read and heard mix reviews, still want it to give them a fair try. Food: the Japanese-caribbean (Dominican) fusion is well executed, although the dishes an use more creativity. We had El Campesino Roll, which we both felt was excellent; crunchy in inside soft in the outside. We also had the Villa Mella Roll, we felt that the meat was overly cooked and that perhaps it was not the cooking of the meat itself, but perhaps the cut the used, they should use a softer, more tender part of the cow, perhaps skirt, or filet mignon (after all there is very little meat for their prices of this roll). They serve their sushi with two sauces, one that is sort of sweet and another spicy. Both sauces we felt are heavy for a dish that main ingredient if rice... Perhaps a light "liquidy" sauce will be more appropriate. You get 6 pieces in a roll, but these are VERY small pieces, they looked like appetizers. The service: We were sitting in the bar area (it only have two bars tools, and you have to sit extremely close to each other, since there is not much room. I felt cramped trying to eat without bumping into my husband's arm. Our waiter even tried to aim at the trash can inside the bar, by throwing a can of soda that he had just poured to a customer, he ended up splashing the wall and getting of few drops on me... So unacceptable if this would had happen in a downtown restaurant....no real apology was issued to me. In conclusion, if you are craving sushi, keep in mind that you will need about three rolls which can be very expensive... Talking about $50.00 per person with a drink...outrageous! The concept is good, but the management really needs to look into all the reviews and make changes, specially if the want their business to grow. We will not be going back and will not recommend anyone to go there.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/14/2012
The quality of the food is good. It is a latin fusion resturant so its not traditional japanese food. It tastes great
Posted by noisearchitect on 10/13/2011
If you like overpriced fake sushi, you will love it. The service is the only good thing about this restaurant, but everything else is an insult to Japanese cuisine. The fact that they incorporated and mix Dominican food with Japanese is not a bad idea, but WHAT HAPPENED WITH JAPANESE PLATES?
Posted by N.M.H. on 06/13/2011
I love the idea that Mama Sushi is built on and you have to go in there knowing that no this is not a real sushi restaurant. Like most uptown restaurants the service is poor but the food is yummy. Especially those taquitos. I could have those all day and I look forward to going their again.
Posted by Inwoodveteran on 09/14/2010
The plates were delicious! It is a bit pricey I must say...but the chef is ingenious when incorporating caribbean flavors and typical food themes (from DR) with asian-japanese sushi! The restaurant's menu is a beautiful reflection of what the neighborhood is looking for: to try sushi while also having the option of tasting home comforts (aka dominican food) a la japanese! The concept in ingenious! Reminds me of the fusion that Brazilian Sushi place downtown was going for...can't remember the name. The names i saw of the sushi plates were the names of some of the beautiful cities in DR, samana...etc. Looks like, they're trying to capture the "flavors" that represent the cities featured in the sushi plates while giving people a taste of Japan! If you stroll through the neighborhood you'll find that the majority of the people in the neighborhood are dominican and the restaurant owners are also dominican so the theme of the restaurant is caribbean meets Sushi!! not a very hard concept and it comes across very well in the dishes. The folks giving these sub-par critiques are not familiar with caribbean food, namely Dominican food and culture So- like trying new things- their palettes are not adjusted! (remember the first time you tried korean food?) if you'd read the menu and ask questions you'd learn a few things...). Also, historically there are japanese neighborhoods in various cities in the DR-- I wonder if they gained inspiration from their fusion cuisine as well? Must say, the restaurant needs to fine-tune their delivery service but heck, they just opened up and are getting used to working with a small staff!! Best of luck Mamasushi!
Posted by Inwoodgirl on 07/03/2010
1. This is not a sushi/Japanese restaurant. It's hard to respect a "sushi" restaurant that serves bacon in its rolls. 2. It's not even good at faking it. They're missing some sushi essentials on the menu...How about some rolls for vegetarians? What about negamaki? 3. It's embarrassing really. Rolls named after Machu Picchu that aren't even spelled correctly. 4. Overpriced. This place is a faux sushi restaurant with silly prices that don't reflect the food. They should pay you to eat in this ridiculously contrived restaurant. 5. Why do restaurants insist on making everything Spanish themed in this neighborhood? Sushi is Japanese! EIther do it right or don't do it at all.