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Posted by guruberk21 on 11/10/2008
I am sushi veteran and if you're looking for pure sushi without bells and whistles, then this place does not compare to Sushi Yasuda. The waitress was nice, however I felt the Sushi chef lacked personality and wasn't interested in my compliments or reaction to the sushi. The Omikasa consisted of several pieces with a bbq like taste as a result of the sauce applied to the fish. While this was fine with me, my date was disappointed. There certainly were some standout pieces such as the Salmon with Grilled Tomatoes on top of it, however the various sauces and accoutrements were not my cup of tea and in my view took away from the taste of the fish. For people who like to combine sushi with jalapenos, and sauces then this place is probably a decent spot, however.
Posted by Devka on 10/20/2008
Have eaten here twice. The first time was a la carte, everything was very good but not as people have raved so we decided to come back for the omikase. The sushi omikase were unique and novel combinations of texture and flavor with a last and fatal exception. In addtion the waiter we had was pandering and all smiles but disgustingly misleading. We had a party of 4 and we all got the omikase which consisted of 3 plates of sushi (12pieces each-$85). Left hungry for more, we decided to get a fourth plate. That decision put us at $250 each! Doing some math, it means we paid a little over $40 for each piece of sushi on that fourth plate. The last plate had 4 pieces which included fois gras and some 'special' salmon flown in from who knows where...frankly seared fois gras is better at a French restaurant - S of Gari's was overseared so that it was pasty. The 'special' salmon was memorable only in how pale and tasteless it was. The salmon's 'rare' status was made abundantly clear to us by the waiter later, we realize why this was necessary. I am quite willing to spend money on 'feed' but considering how gimicky that last plate was, it seemed more like an insult devised to gouge cash rather than what should have been a culinary treat. What added injury to insult is that we remained hungry! I'm glad to hear that from a previous review that not all of the waiters are there to fool you. In the end, it will be a long time before I come back here...
Posted by A on 03/21/2008
I may never be able to eat a california roll ever again! Went last night with my father and had the omakase. Each plate was more exciting than the next, tuna with silken tofu, golden snapper, not to mention the final piece of seared foie gras sushi. It was certainly expensive, over $500 for two people, but I will never look at sushi the same way again...
Posted by VMHN on 03/08/2008
I went there with my girlfriends and we had the sushi omakase. It was excellent. The fish was very fresh and each piece of sushi was accompanied by a different sauce and gave each a unique taste. I would go back again but just to let you know it's on a pricey side. Their dessert special (banana bread pudding) was the best i've ever had.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2008
We had been wanting to go here long enough that there was some trepidation as to whether or not it could live up to its reputation. A few seconds into our first bite and we knew we were in sushi heaven. The style here is that the sushi is a bit dressed up, with a sauce or a garnish, sometimes something a little surprising, but never ever anything but delicious. We ordered omikase for two and it was explained to us that we would be served until we said stop and that the cost would be about 75 per person for every 10 pieces of sushi. We stopped at 16 pieces and the bill was exactly in line with what they said. the service was friendly, attentive but low key. It was one of the best meals we've had in years, expensive but well worth it.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2007
I agree that the chefs at Sushi Yasuda are very friendly and offer great service, but the host and the wait staff are ridiculously rude. At Sushi of Gari, everyone is pleasant and helpful. I hope nobody reading these reviews goes to Sushi Yasuda expecting good service - the sushi of course is amazing, but you can only enjoy it for a set amount of time as you cannot get seated at your table until the time of your reservation (even if it is two minutes earlier and nobody is there) and then you get kicked out, literally pushed along, at a time given to you before you begin your meal by the host, who is clearly on a power trip. Pick Gari!!
Posted by Impressive? on 11/06/2007
Sushi of Gari unarguably has excellent fish. What stinks is the attitude that accompanies it. It is a small establishment, and I live directly across the street, but I'd far prefer to make the trip down to Sushi Yasuda for even more outstanding fish, and impeccable service. Gari's staff is full of themselves, and performs poorly as a result. If you go, dress right, look trendy, and keep your nose tilted skyward. If you don't, you'll be "cased" and treated poorly. If you do, they'll flutter about you and are likely to fluff up your bill. I was asked once if I had cancelled my reservation, after having been seated. Umm.....No. I didn't cancel - here I am, after all. Does that mean that you want me to leave? I have been told that no tables are available - when the restaurant is empty. "1 Hour". I walked away, not willing to wait an hour. Then decided that they were bluffing, returned, said "I'll wait the hour" and was seated immediately. The food was good that day, but strangely sour. Bad business. I won't say that I won't return - the quality is very high, and I live across the street - but I will say this: if you go, anticipate condescension.