THE DIRTY ARMY: Nik, here we go again, yet another “celebrity” sushi joint that just doesn’t live up to the hype. We went twice as I really wanted to give them a chance to do well. The first time we went to Morimoto’s we did the Omakase. While it was good, it did not offer the variety of Nobu or Bond Street, and it hit a sour note with an overly sweet kobe beef and sweet potato selection.
The second time we went we decided to just order sushi. What a mistake. We ordered the $100 “Chef’s Selection Platter” which was mostly made up of ho-hum items like cooked shrimp, egg, flabby eel, clam, and inedible squid. (Yes, the salmon, tuna, toro, and yellowtail were good, but just a bit above lesser neighborhood places.) We also ordered the Fugu (Blowfish) which was a 50/50 disappointment. The thinly sliced fish was tasteless and could very well have been fluke. The skin is prepared three ways, which is two ways too many. It has the texture of rubber bands and just about no flavor either. However, there was one type of skin that was very good and the deep fried bones had an excellent flavor that was a nice break from the mediocrity of the overall meal. In addition, the service had fallen way off since our 1st visit last May. Examples: They do not leave the sake at the table and several times we had to ask for a refill of our glasses (water, too) which never happens when we are at 5 star restaurants. Our sushi took quite a while to come out, and when it did we did not have the wasabi, ginger, and soy to eat it with; even with an apparent army of wait staff, no one seemed to know who nor how to get the items to our table. Lastly, when they offered us after dinner drinks to make up for the service mistakes, even that got screwed up and took until we were half way through dessert to show up. Overall: take your money and head on over to Sasabune on the UES. The fish is the best, the service is excellent and after 5 visits we have never been unhappy.
I’m going to try this Sasabune place, do they make good California Rolls?- nik