Super Fusion = Super Delicious
Just had a great meal at super fusion. We had the chef make us up whatever was good that day - the variety was terrific, the quality of the fish was high, and best of all it was affordable.
Started with the spicy tuna salad, then salmon and yellowtail sushi, and then three rolls
- eel roll, with a spicy crunchy shrimp topping
- mixed seafood roll
- soft shell crab roll topped with avocado
anyone else have good experiences there? any specialties that you would recommend for our next time?
The chef is formerly of Fugakyu, but I wouldn't have been able to tell. The cuts are just plain ugly (or at least they were when I went in early 2006). The shape of the fish should be pleasing to look at and eat... these slabs were way too big, and had sharp corners. Eating the stuff was not pleasant. Chirashi-zushi was an obscenely large plateful of rice, with the same unpleasant chunks of fish on top. No balance at all. I was also kind of irked by the way the chef talked to his staff in Cantonese, but when we tried to communicate with him in that language, he gave only a cold English response. There was a bad draft that couldn't be avoided (the place is pretty small), and the place faces the same "this is barely cheaper than Oishii, but the attention to detail is way lower" factor that most mid-range places in the area seem to have.
I agree the nigiri was inelegantly cut, but considering how big and fresh the pieces of fish were, I can't say it really bothered me.
The star of the show, though, is the maki. Several of the rolls, including the eel roll and the mixed seafood roll, are top-notch. All have fresh ingredients, and all are huge. You definitely get more than your money's worth here.
Of course, one reason you might not want to visit Super Fusion is, as Luther points out, the chef might not feel like talking to you in Cantonese if you speak to him in that language. This is a serious concern for sushi-goers everywhere.
I happened to stumble upon this place a few nights ago while walking around the Washington Square area. Instead of the name Super Fusion, I'd feel better about Really Adequate Neighborhood Fusion, although admittedly it doesn't have the same ring to it.
Salad - surprisingly excellent and simply elegant, a plate of organic field greens with a pleasantly zippy take on a Japanese ginger dressing. It its own way, actually a nice example of fusion.
Miso soup - fine, unremarkable.
Chirashi sushi - I agree with the above posters that the large pieces of sashimi weren't especially delicately cut, but this dish doesn't have to be edible art; in Japan, they sell it in train stations as snack bar food. A few of the slices were large enough that eating in a single bite proved a bit difficult, but the fish was of good quality, so I can't complain too much. I didn't find the rice to be "obscenely" large, although the chirashi was indeed served on a plate, which made it look larger than it would have if served in a traditional bowl. I could have done without the piece of eel; I love unagi, but it seemed out of place in a chirashi dish.
Everyone working there, servers and sushi chefs alike, seemed perfectly friendly during my visit. While by no means dirt cheap, my total bill was just south of $30 after tip.
All in all, I'm not going out of my way to go back, but I certainly wouldn't mind stopping by again when in the area.