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toro Aug 5, 2006 08:13 PM

I have eaten at Shin Sei a couple of times. It is the new Pan asian/sushi bar opened by the wives of prominet Dallas chefs Fearing and Rathburn.Its located at on Lovers and Inwood in the space that was formerly Yamaguchi's. Saturday my wife and I walked in at 815, no reservations and were seated immediatly. Nice prompt service, modern decor, and really comfortable chairs were all early positive signs, while the apparently all peruvian sushi chefs did suprise me. Anyway to the food. In general the "Tex-asian fusion cusine" is nothing groundbraking, with standard Nobu nock offs including the ubiquitous black miso sable. I was underwelmed by the much hyped signature coconut jalapeno poppers. I found them underseasoned and oily. The suprise of the fusion menu was the Thai fried rice served with chinese broccoli and fried egg as a side dish. The sushi rolls were standard fare of spider/rainbow/et cetera. I did find it somewhat annoying that the sushi chefs squished the rolls while cutting them into an teardrop shape and arranged them into a flower. I would rate the rolls a step below Sushi Kyoto II. The real suprise I found was the sashimi. While the sushi menu did have the overpriced and overrated blufin tuna unavailable. The sashimi was excellent. The toro, hamachi, sake, and maguro were amazingly fresh and of excellent quality. The toro tased of o-toro grade and slices were generous (about double a nobu serving). We typically go to Sushi Sake, but with its location so close to my house this a good alternative for a sushi fix. Forgot to look at the wine list, but they did charge my wife $4 for hot tea so beware. Overall the appetizers were $7-15 entrees around $28-34. I would proably skip dessert. The cinnamon chocolate cake with greetn tea ice cream came served in a tea cup and had way too much baking powder in it. Sorry for the spelling and syntax errors.

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    Scott RE: toro Aug 5, 2006 09:56 PM

    Toro,

    Thanks for the detailed report! Keep'em coming.

    Scott

    1. TexasToast RE: toro Aug 5, 2006 10:15 PM

      Was it better of worse than Yamaguchi's? I ask as I'd rate YM over Kyoto II (if that's the place across from SMU).

      TT

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