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Yesterday my wife and I had a dinner date. She wanted to try something different, so we went to this sushi spot. I ain’t gonna lie to y’all, I showed up because she wanted to go there, but I had extremely low expectations.
So far, the only Non-Japanese Sushi place that was able to impress me has been Aji 53 in Brooklyn. The owner of that restaurant promised me that if I wasn’t impressed, he’d buy me a Japanese dinner at any restaurant of my choice, so I headed up to Brooklyn.
After this dining experience, nothing has change. It just isn’t the same, it just isn’t. I’m sorry. I asked my wife, “What do you think?” She looked at me, and threw the question back at me. I replied “I won’t be back.” She concurred with my assessment.
The server was a nice man, friendly and as helpful as one could expect in a relatively cheap restaurant. The place is clean, and the food comes out relatively fast.
Let me make you laugh, they gave me a glass, and a can of diet soda. I poured the drink, and then I noticed something floating. I looked closer, and removed it. It was some sort of small mosquito. I just discarded it and carried on. As I mentioned, I knew what I was walking into when she said “Japanese” in Rego Park.
In any case, I ordered more or less my usual, with some new stuff to share. Here is the breakdown of the food and my thoughts.
The miso soup, one of the easiest items to prepare was a bit of a let down. I had hoped that if anything, the miso soup would be good. But I was let down on that count. It was watered down, and missing that salty flavor. You taste the miso, but that other fish sauce type flavor, not sure what it is called, that was missing. The seaweed salad was the one dish that I liked. It tasted exactly as it’s supposed, and we both enjoyed that one.
Next up! Kani salad, and the octopus. The Kani salad had a bit of a sour taste to it. My wife tried it and agreed. She thought it was heavy vinegar. I couldn’t tell why so I didn’t eat much of it. I was concerned that something in there may have gone bad. I’d rather not risk my health. The octopus was pretty good. The taste was nice, it was chewy, and yummy.
My lady went with the bento bowl. I enjoyed the chicken and beef teriyaki. The negimaki was okay, but too much scallion, and it was very, very hard. I wasn’t feeling the shrimp, it had a strange taste to it.
As for my main course, I went with some rolls. Spicy tuna roll, and a Spider roll. Neither of them were noteworthy, and really didn’t do it for me. The spider roll was not crunchy, it was kind of soggy. Though the tuna roll wasn’t as bad as some I’ve had at Non-Japanese spots, it wasn’t really doing it for me either.
I don’t often leave food on my plate, but here I did. It wasn’t appetizing, and some of it worried me. Also, take a look at the size of the avocado in some of those rolls, there was barely any tuna in there! Comical.
So there’s my experience ladies and gentlemen. This place is not for me.
Growing Up Bronx