Sushi doesn't get much better than this. I saw some negative reviews on Yelp before going but luckily disregarded them because my kids love sushi and this was around the corner from our hotel. The food was outstanding, so was the service. We ordered a bunch of appetizers as we were starving after our wait (well worth the wait and I generally don't wait). We had the Korean BBQ kalbi, gyoza, spinach oshitashi and sunomono salad, which the chef was kind of enough to amend to just octopus instead of assorted seafood. Spinach oshitashi is one of my favorite childhood dishes and I have not found an outstanding one since my 20s until this place. The spinach was perfectly blanched so still crunch, the dressing was excellent, not overly sweet, and the salad was chilled just right. My kids had never had it before and they loved it too. The sushi we had was excellent. My son stuck to his tried and true favorite nigiri -- which was excellent and the inari was delicious, no soggy sushi rice and a nice slice of avocado on each one. They did not have my husband and my favorites -- sea urchin, amaebi and red clam (this annoyed other reviewers but given that all the other food is so delicious and perfect, I can't fault them. Maybe they can't get fresh sea urchin and other fish so choose not to serve them) -- so we tried the Holy Smokes special roll. Normally I'm not a fan of these rolls that throw everything in except the kitchen sink. But this special sounded delicious and it was simply outstanding. Just the right amount of spice so we could still take the crab and tempura shrimp. Even though I was stuffed, I wanted to order another. But unusual for us, we ordered a dessert. Normally the fusion desserts in Japanese restaurants are not to our liking. The banana tempura was another winner. Excellent tempura batter and fry. My only suggestion would be to replace the whipped cream with ice cream as the hot and cold together with this kind of superbly fried banana would make it even better.
Lastly, I like Japanese plum wine, even the usual cheap one served at most restaurants (kind of like the Bud of plum wine). I lucked out and they were serving a special one made not with plum regular white wine but with plum and rice wine, my absolute favorite. Lush that I am, I carried a bottle around with my in my rollover when we visited Japan many years ago.
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