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Jan 13, 2007 12:26 PM

Sado Sushi: Is Joanne Kates insane?

In today's Globe, Kates rips apart Sado Sushi AND chowhound.com. Predictable, no?


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    1. Oh no! I feel terrible. Having been one of the original posters touting Sado Sushi, I feel like I've betrayed the restaurant by drawing Ms. Kates's attention to it.

      She seems to be more cruel than usual in this review. I don't think anyone on Chowhound referred to Sado Sushi as a pure, authentic Japanese restaurant. We adore it BECAUSE it's different and imaginative, no?

      Ms. Kates, since the secret is out about your appalling faux-pas 34 years ago, your credibility has dropped hundreds-fold. And, as a "refugee from Montreal" who grew up in that city of culinary greatness, I think you're wrong to claim that Sado Sushi's popularity is reserved for ex-Montrealers. Seems you have a chip on your shoulder towards us, as well.

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      1. re: FlavoursGal

        " the secret is out about your appalling faux-pas 34 years ago"

        Do tell....

        1. re: FlavoursGal

          Flavours Gal, i read her final remarks and felt a twinge of pain to her obvious references for yourself and others on this board.

          she was much crueler in this review than in the past and specificially chose to try to debunk the credibility of this board. me thinks she feels some competition and is growing insecure of how we may pick apart her own reviews. she blithely attacked the board and its contributors, who don't get paid to review or attend a restaurant multiple times, and perhaps she should stop reading our postings if she believes us to be so inept at judging a restaurant.

          i'm incensed enough to write a letter to the editor regarding the faults of her own review due to her inability to approach a restaurant without any biases from food lovers who may not hang on her every word. i invite others to do so as well.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            As someone who's written the occasional restaurant review, I endeavour to start out with a carte blanche. Prior to reviewing a restaurant, I make it a point to NOT read (or re-read, as the case may be) any other reviews beforehand, so that I will have a more objective, unbiased view of the establishment when I enter it.

            1. re: FlavoursGal

              Thats great,
              Good for you Flavoursgal. :)
              I admire the unbiased approach, and highly respect it.

        2. OUCH! She really tore CH and the poor restaurant apart. Not having been there myself, I can't comment on the specifics of anything she wrote. However, hats off to JK for finally devoting the vast majority of her column to the food itself, as opposed to some other meaningless meanderings.

          The question to me is, how could patrons have such wildly different experiences?

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          1. re: spades

            A VERY good question, spades. I just re-read some of the CH reviews of Sado Sushi which, for the most part, were extremely favourable. These patrons, like me, enjoyed the inventive creations and were not necessarily frequenting Sado Sushi for traditional sashimi and sushi. Where Miss Kates criticizes the restaurant for its sauces, I've always found the sauces on the dishes to be fresh, flavourful and home-made, not out of a jar as she suggests. On one particular evening when I'd ordered the omakaze, the chef and I had a discussion about one of the sauces that he'd just concocted. This young man is definitely developing his own recipes and sauces.

          2. On another note, we chose Sado Sushi for our family's New Year's Eve meal this year. I was greeted by the chef/owner, who told me this was his first day back after having surgery to donate a portion of his liver to his mother.

            I'm just guessing, but it is very possible that Ms. Kates visited Sado Sushi during the time that the head chef was in hospital.

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            1. re: FlavoursGal

              That's entirely plausible... surgery like that could knock a guy out for weeks! If that's the case, then it's really unfortunate that Sado couldn't put their best foot forward while she was reviewing their restaurant.

              1. re: spades

                I know...they say a restaurant should be able to perform whether the chef is in-house or not. In this case, however, a newly opened restaurant, it probably put quite a strain on the place.

            2. can we get the dish on the 34 years ago remark?
              My husband and I were reading this morning and ended up wondering if she was writing a review or picking a bone with the CH community- she has embarassed and belittled herself with childish jabs, imho.

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                1. re: FlavoursGal

                  ohhh. what a delicious and satisfying tidbit.

                  1. re: FlavoursGal

                    I actually started that thread not knowing much about Joanne Kates. I mean, I had never read her reviews before, however, as a first time reader, it very much seemed as she was attacking the board and that Sado was caught in the crossfire. Perhaps she saw some of the comments about herself, and her "faux pas" years ago, and grew very bitter. In any case, that was an AWFUL review. I mean, even Toronto Life, who I was criticizing in the thread try to show all the positive aspects of a restaurant, even if they score only 1 star. Kates just seems really unprofessional and its very sad that a restaurant who has received such praise here has to get their reputation tarnished. I am taking pinstripeprincess advice, and seriously thinking about writing to the editor.

                    1. re: icey

                      The editor's not likely to believe that Kates made up those problems, and given the severity of the problems, a pan was the only appropriate review.

                      Not all the reports on Chowhound were glowing: