Amazing meal in Montclair, NJ at Nouveau Sushi
We had dinner on Friday night at Nouveau Sushi, a relatively new sushi restaurant in Montclair, and it was so great I felt I would make it my first post. In fact, calling it a sushi place is probably an insult, because we had some hot dishes that were as good as we've tasted. We've passed it on occasion, was always crowded, but didn't know much about it. Checked Zagat, and nothing there, either. In light of our meal, I'm sorta shocked it's not listed.
I'll start by saying that we love sushi, and have been to all the great places in Manhattan multiple times--Nobu, Nobu 57, Blue Ribbon, Sushi by Gary, etc. Our dinner here was as good, and in a few cases better, than anything we've eaten in the city. Who woulda figured in suburban NJ?
We started with spicy tuna hand rolls. I find that almost every place makes these differently, and we enjoy sampling the different styles. These were the best we've had. Crispy seaweed, not too much sauce--and there was roe in the mixture that gave it a great flavor and texture. We then had cuttlefish with mushrooms. It was perfectly cooked in a broth that enhanced the flavors, but we loved the whole thing.
We saw some people at the next table with a plate of black cod in miso on lettuce, and had to try them. These were better than the similiar dish at Nobu. The waiter recommended a soft-shell crab salad with thai dressing, that was out of this world. And finally, we had half a dozen pieces of sushi (most with little garnishes, sauces, etc) that were fantastic.
I guess you get the idea that we enjoyed our meal. We can't wait to go back, cause there were lots of other things we spotted that we want to try.
We've been getting ideas off the boards as guests for almost 6 months, but this was one of those meals that I couldn't wait to share.
the prices are on the high end for nj sushi but a great value if you've gone to high end sushi places in the city. one of the things i love about going out in montclair is byo since i have a pretty good wine cellar--and i'd rather pay store price than the restaurant mark-up. figure on spending $50 per person.