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Tsuji No Hana in MDR?

omotosando Jan 4, 2007 01:15 AM

Going there this weekend (not my choice). Is the sushi edible or is it, say, on the Crazy Fish level?

Any decent cooked dishes or are we talking teriyaki chicken and mediocre tempura?

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    New Trial RE: omotosando Jan 4, 2007 02:56 AM

    I like it quite a bit--more than Irori (another sushi place in the Marina which gets some favorable buzz on here). Both the sushi and cooked dishes are of good flavor, variety and quality, and the staff is very friendly.

    1. hrhboo RE: omotosando Jan 4, 2007 03:48 AM

      The decor is not glamorous, but the fish is very fresh and tasty. I haven't tried any of the cooked dishes, but the sushi/sashimi is superb.

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        westsidegal RE: hrhboo Jan 4, 2007 03:50 AM

        about a year ago i had a cooked fish dish there.
        not good enough to repeat.

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          wowimadog RE: westsidegal Mar 16, 2007 12:12 PM

          is this the same owner of a spot with the same name that just opened in the new center on lincoln with peet's, subway and panera?

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            westsidegal RE: wowimadog Mar 18, 2007 07:25 PM

            dunno who the owner is nor who the owner was.
            you have the location right, though

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              mdr RE: wowimadog Apr 14, 2007 10:22 AM

              Not the same owner, but the quality is still there. The pepper salmon is particularly tasty. Staff is friendly and good service. The cooked items are good, but not great. Irori's cooked menu is stronger with greater variety, but the prices are a bit higher. Freshness of fish at both is equal. If you don't want to sit on the floor go to Tsuji. If you've got non-sushi eaters go to Irori.

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                wowimadog RE: wowimadog Apr 16, 2007 01:33 PM

                we tried it for lunch. i enjoyed their seaweed salad (only available on dinner menu, so make sure to ask) immensely. it was generous, had a good variety of seaweed and since i asked for no dressing, was served with wasabi and lemon wedges, which i love. better half had a bento box which he found better (and less expensive) than the neighboring kaya sushi's. though it was busy, the service was attentive as well. we kind of cracked up at the handwritten signs all over the place: "don't bring in outside food" or "don't talk on your cell phone." a good casual lunch option, imo.

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            glutton RE: omotosando Jan 4, 2007 02:45 PM

            The sushi was good. I thought it was a bit pricey for what it was, but it was definitely good quality fish. It's not on the level of Kiriko or Sushi Zo, but it's a notch above Sushi Hama in Venice.

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              Cinnamon RE: omotosando Jan 4, 2007 02:53 PM

              Went there a couple years ago and distinctly did not like service/food.

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                allisonteal RE: omotosando Jan 4, 2007 05:00 PM

                I went there about 6 months ago and was totally grossed out we had to leave after the first order. I saw the sushi chef use the same towel to wipe his hands as he did to wipe down the counter and then proceed to make our sushi - without washing his hands in between. I am sure that happens at other places, but I don't need to watch it happen while waiting for my food.

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                  Nicole RE: omotosando Jan 5, 2007 01:21 AM

                  I've been there several times and always gotten really fresh sushi and good service. Not only can you order the sushi, but you can safely order toe nigiri, not just rolls. I prefer Irori in MDR, but Tsuji No Hana is definitely very good. Although it's kind of a hole in the wall, with negligible decor.

                  1. omotosando RE: omotosando Jan 7, 2007 05:50 AM

                    Went there this evening. Worse than expected.

                    Deeply, deeply mediocre sushi. Miso that I would bet all my assets was made from a mix. Didn't try the cooked dishes, but the menu was a very Americanized mishmash - sukiyaki, beef bowl, teriyaki, etc.

                    I could recreate the experience by going to the supermarket and picking up a box of miso soup mix and some pre-packaged sushi.

                    All I can say is that if you know anything about Japanese food, don't go there. And also that I'm glad that I live near Sawtelle and not in the Marina.

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                      westsidegal RE: omotosando Mar 18, 2007 07:26 PM

                      if you lived in the marina, you'd find out how your car can go on automatic pilot to sushi zo. . . . .

                    2. jcwla RE: omotosando Mar 18, 2007 10:51 PM

                      I would not go back.

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                        hrhboo RE: jcwla Mar 19, 2007 11:41 AM

                        You know, I ate there this weekend and wish to retract my earlier praise. I probably won't be back either.

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                        foody RE: omotosando Apr 14, 2007 04:50 PM

                        They do a nice cooked black cod.

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