Providence area sushi - Recs?
I've been to several places in Providence for sushi (Haruki, Sakura, Ran Zen, New Japan) and I haven't been anywhere that's blown me away. They're all actually just fine, but none are really spectacular or rise above the rest and, on the flip side, no amazing values.
I was wondering, are there any other places in the metro Prov area that are good that I should try? Anything in the burbs, MA, or otherwise nearby?
It is an hours drive, but my favorite is the Sushi bar at Go Fish in Mystic. Always surpised at the quality, taste, and service.
Try the original Haruki in Cranston. Ichiban in Cranston is also good. Sea Shai in Middletown is nice. I've hear Sura in Johnston is good. Seems that Korean restaurants lead the sushi pack in RI.
I think your feeling of "haven't been anywhere that's blown me away" pretty much describes the Providence metro sushi situation. You likely haven't missed the, oh, hidden gem that you don't know about.
People who know sushi well tell me that the original Haruki in Cranston is a notch above that in Wayland Square, although I haven't been there myself.
I must say, having been to two or three of what are supposedly the "best" sushi places in Boston, I haven't been blown away by New England sushi in general. I've had a couple of people here in Providence tell me that Miso in New Haven and another Japanese restaurant there are the best in the region in their opinion.
Fugakyu (sp?) in Brookline Mass., is amazing. Best sushi I have had both in quality and presentation and atmosphere. Worth the hour drive north.
Definitely would recommend Fugakyu in Brookline MA, the best sushi we've had between Boston and Providence. (However their sister restaurant in Chinatown doesn't compare, FYI)