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Racous Sushi – Dojo NYC

The traditional Japanese sushi experience: quiet, peaceful, enlightening, introspective…boring some might say? It’s not for everyone, but the atmosphere at Sushi Dojo, in New York’s’ Lower East Side, is anything but quiet and restrained.  A constant beat of custom 80’s and 90’s hip hop mash ups, including some soul and funk await, and the sushi…

Ikura - beautiful and bursting with flavor; like pop rocks for adults!

“Cheap” High Quality Sushi? Sushi Huku

Is this even possible? Most cheap sushi is low quality and usually consists of salmon, crab with K, tuna and maybe an average tamago. Once you enter the realm of an omakse meal (chef’s choice of various items including some cooked) the notion of affordability quickly flies out the window. My friends, I have found…

At work..so delicate and precise

Fujimori Sushi – Roppongi Tokyo

There are many “famous” sushi spots in Tokyo and to the outsider, Fujimori would not be one of them. All it takes for us western folk to get excited is to read a few blog posts and maybe a TV spot and, BAM it becomes the must visit spot while in country. Don’t get me…

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Vegas Round Up

I spent way too many days in Las Vegas last week and I’m proud to say I can remember all of them and came back with a  little jingle in my pocket; down from my 52 week high, but still in the black. That is, unless you count the loss of my fancy camera before…

So simple, yet so amazing!

Salmon & Lardo on Toasted Garlic Bread

I had a similar version of this dish with uni on a very thin cracker at Michael White’s Marea in New York last year and it was easily one of the best bites I had all year. The flavors and texture contrasts were amazing and the fatty film left on your lips from the melty…

Assorted nigiri

Hoki – Tomo Replacement in Vinings

Hoki opened earlier this year in the spot vacated by Tomo, and aside from the name on the awning, not much is different, and that’s a good thing; the quality of the fish, consistent service and engaging sushi chefs remain. On my two visits I sampled a few of their nigiri options, uni, some rolls…

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Secret Sushi – Kakutou Tokyo

Oh Tokyo, how can anyone attempt to describe how unique and different you are; buttoned up and formal by day, balls out at night. In my brief trip I saw a lot of crazy things (Robot Show Restaurant, Geisha girls, strange themed bars, bad behavior by gentlemen, etc) but the best experience, and the one…

The private room at the back of the second level is the best in my opinion

Shoya – A Cornucopia of Flavors

I could wax poetic about the vast flavors, textures and the overall awesomeness that Shoya is, but I’ll keep it brief as this post has over 20 pictures and they speak for themselves… Shoya’s menu is vast and is hard to decipher for first timers so I would recommend going with a veteran or letting…

Minato – Hidden Pearl

In my never ending quest to find quality Japanese restaurants OTP, I was fortunate to get a recommendation from a gentleman (in Anaheim, CA of all places) for Minato. I thought I had frequented most of the Japanese/sushi joints in Smyrna, but Minato was foreign to me. For those that don’t know, Smyrna is home…

Sushinobo – Where the Customers At?

Sushinobo was a good addition to the Smyrna/West Villlage area that lacked a good sushi joint. When I first went last year, they had a great menu with interesting dishes like Tonkotsu, octopus, stuffed jalapenos and a full a la carte sushi list. The last few times I have gone for lunch the menu had…