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Tonight: Saito's or Ike for Sushi

mangia Nov 30, 2006 06:11 PM

Love Ike when Ike is the chef...
HAve only gone to Saito's once...keep forgetting about it

Either is convenient

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    mangia Dec 2, 2006 10:41 PM

    Went to Saito's. Had a lovely evening... great sashimi and sushi, friendly...no problem.

    I like Azami also, but I did not feel like driving.

    1. annalulu Nov 30, 2006 10:56 PM

      I was treated with indifference at Saito, while a few regulars came in and they got the red carpet. I thought the sushi was very good, and oftentimes, that's enough. If I want friendliness AND good sushi, I go to Azami.

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      1. re: annalulu
        DanaB Nov 30, 2006 11:18 PM

        I'm really surprised to hear that! I've been going to Saito on and off for the past 5 years or so, although not often enough that I'd consider myself a regular (maybe once every 6 months), and from the get-go, I've been treated well, every time I've been, both by Saito and the waitress, whether I'm sitting at the sushi bar or at a table. Saito is just such a teddy-bear of a guy, I can't see him giving attitude to anyone. Maybe you got him on an off day?

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          annalulu Dec 1, 2006 01:59 AM

          I'm glad to hear that, I will try it again.

        2. re: annalulu
          ScatchandMax Dec 5, 2006 12:52 AM

          I totally echo what DanaB and mangia said. We are not regulars at Saito's (unfortunatly our starving artists lifestyle prevents that) but we are always treated LIKE regulars whenever we are able to go. Saito is quiet, probably because of the language barrier which some people may not realize, but if you talk to him he will give you a smile and occasionally raise a glass of beer and "kunpai" with you. Sorry about my butchering of the Japanese language ;)

        3. DanaB Nov 30, 2006 10:40 PM

          I've only ever been treated with graciousness and cordiality at Saito, and I have never heard of people complaining about not being treated well there. Maybe you are thinking of someplace else, like Nozawa?

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            deadorinjail Nov 30, 2006 09:26 PM

            IMHO, Ike is overrated by many on this board. I can walk there from home, but I usually head over the hill to Tama. But to answer your question, Saitos, while expensive, is always exceptional.

            Just figured someone had to defend Saito.

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              cobalt Nov 30, 2006 09:49 PM

              I guess I should try Saito's someday as I work about two minutes by walk from there..... But Azami just kills it everytime I go there, and there's never any shenanigans as to whether I know the chef or sumsuch to get treated well (as I have heard is the case at Saito's.)

              1. re: cobalt
                cobalt Feb 2, 2007 05:50 PM

                I finally got to try Saito's and was favorably impressed. A couple nit-picks but none related to the food. Chef is very nice, and the waitress/hostess is super friendly and really knows the gig.

                Everything was quite good, and they have GREAT tamago!!

                Prices seemed about average to me.

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              linlinchan Nov 30, 2006 07:28 PM

              Ike is good. But has anyone else noticed that the portion sizes fluctuate somewhat?

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              1. re: linlinchan
                gourmetla Nov 30, 2006 09:21 PM

                I just went for the first time two weeks ago and noticed the enormous portions (which pleased me greatly). Perhaps it was a fluke but I had a feeling Ike wanted us to come back.

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                cobalt Nov 30, 2006 07:24 PM


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                  1. ipsedixit Nov 30, 2006 06:25 PM

                    Never been to Saito.

                    Never been disappointed by Ike.

                    I guess it's pretty obvious what my choice would be ...

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