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hamstrman Apr 30, 2007 10:38 AM

Has anyone been to this new sushi place Jpan? It's in Park Slope in Brooklyn. I picked up menus all along 5th avenue and looked through this menu when I got home. I'm not usually for fusion-y places but this one sounded like good stuff.

Eel and pineapple tempura roll with red and white tuna on top; spicy tuna and grilled banana; eel, tuna and mango roll topped with crab stick, almond, dried cranberry and wasabi aioli...

Sounds good, but I'm wary considering there are like 8 sushi restaurants within 7 blocks. Anyone tried it?

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    libraryhound Apr 30, 2007 11:29 AM

    What is the cross-street?

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      hamstrman Apr 30, 2007 11:53 AM

      287 5th Ave btwn 1st and 2nd street.

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        LoveNYC Jun 13, 2007 11:48 PM

        5th Ave? WOW ! A LOT OF COMPETITORS. Can't take a word from any site. Got to try it out myself :)

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      rplattus May 4, 2007 05:32 PM

      We just went there tonight and it was wonderful. I had a dinner box, with shumai, seaweed salad, miso soup and choice of two entrees; had a spicy tuna roll and the salt and pepper shrimp, which was great. My husband had tempura, also good, and my kids had chicken udon, which was huge, delicious, and full of lots of fresh veggies. I would recommend this place. They also have nice back garden and the service was lovely.

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        hamstrman May 9, 2007 02:50 PM

        I did notice that a lot of the menu items emulate Iron Chef House's menu like the eel fried rice and the "Never Know What Fish You'll Get" rice bowl or whatever it's called. I'll report back after this Saturday when I try it out.

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          fluxuate May 12, 2007 05:56 PM

          I live a few doors down from J Pan, and went there tonight for the first time, I was quite pleased. I ordered the "3 Famous Fish Sashimi" (Salmon, Tuna, and Yellowtail) and the Jpan roll.

          The sashimi was fresh and very good, with 18 pieces total, a nice portion. The roll was very interesting, with spicy salmon, white tuna, mango, and more. Combined it was a lot of food for one person.

          Decor is nice, modern, and stylish. I fear it could get very noisy when full, with all hard surfaces, but I hope not.

          Do they have a liquor license?

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            BrigitteT May 13, 2007 06:18 AM

            After having tried most of the sushi places along 5th and 7th avenue in Park Slope, I decided to order from J'pan sushi last night - their menu looked appetizing, and the restaurant seemed to have their act together, so I figured it couldn't be that bad.

            I had the cold spinach salad with sesame house dressing - good, but a little fibrous.

            Then the age-dashi tofu, which tasted a little greasy, but fine.

            As mentioned above, I had the 'Three famous Sushi Dinner' with spicy triple mix roll. I had high expectations. But what I received were 2 pieces of the least fresh tuna I have ever seen. It was literally disintegrating, and the same tuna was in the rolls(so I had to throw it all away). The salmon was better, and the yellowtail was replaced by a white fish, which was similarly not fresh.

            I don't like to put down places that don't deserve it. But considering the health risk, serving disintegrating sushi to customers is just not acceptable.

            Perhaps it was an off night, or maybe they're not taking their take-out as seriously. People seem to think this place is good, so perhaps it's better when dining in.

            But, unfortunately, there are so many wonderful sushi restaurants in Park Slope that genuinely care about serving fresh fish to their customers(Mura, Sakura, Oshima) that I am not willing to find out whether Jpan Sushi cleans up their act.

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              Bookistan May 13, 2007 09:43 AM

              I hope you reported the problem to them because I think they would have taken it very seriously. I was there for lunch a couple of days ago and in addition to very good, fresh food and larger than average servings, the servers were very solicitous. Twice, different servers came to us to ask how we liked the food, and if we liked their preparations. I think they are trying hard, so I wouldn't give up on them. I look forward to returning at dinner time to try some of their more adventurous offerings.

            2. funkymonkey May 16, 2007 08:31 AM

              we stopped by for dinner here on monday night, and had a lovely meal. my husband and i tried a whole bunch of their pimped-out rolls and totally enjoyed them. our faves were the monkey roll and the jpan roll, with the tempura sea bass roll coming in second (of course, i'm writing this several days later and can't, for the life of me, remember what specifically was in each of those rolls). we also had a yellowtail scallion roll that was made with a touch too much rice. they're a little mad on their sauces there and a lot of the tricked-out rolls we ordered came topped with two or three different kinds of sauces each. i actually enjoyed them and found a lot of the flavors worked really nicely together.

              the thing that impressed me most about the place was how much the staff seemed to care that you enjoyed your meal and that everything was ok. we'll definitely go back; i'd like to try their straight up sushi and sashimi and see how it compares.

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                hamstrman May 20, 2007 03:49 PM

                OK so I finally went to this place and was horrified. It was immediately apparent from looking at the menu that they were affiliated with Iron Chef Sushi on Henry Street. The woman who took my order loved that I realized this and said I was the first customer to mention it. Then I ordered my food. I got:

                Surprise Roll (spicy tuna and banana)
                Lovely Roll (spicy tuna, scallop, topped with lobster salad and yuzu tobiko)
                Tropical Roll (eel and pineapple tempura, topped with red and white tuna)
                Angel Roll (eel, shrimp tempura, crab stick, wrapped in rice pancake with 3 kinds of special sauce)
                1 pc yellowtail sushi
                1 pc spanish mackerel sushi
                1 pc tamago

                The Surprise Roll was pretty good. The grilled banana was great, but the spicy tuna wasn't spicy at all. Slighly disappointing overall. The Lovely Roll was standard, again the spicy tuna wasn't spicy, lobster was good though - pretty average roll. The tropical roll was good, their tempura was a little greasy, but still good overall. This was the best roll I had. The Angel Roll never ended up in my food as they just plain forgot to put it in my order. I had taken the food out so I didn't realize this until I got home. Luckily, they didn't charge me for it either. I would've liked to try it. Overall the rolls ranged from disappointing to OK.

                The nigiri was dreadful though. The tamago tasted just like a pressed scrambled egg that I could've made at home. Very disappointing. And here's the WORST part of the food. When I opened the container containing my nigiri, it smelled rancid. I couldn't figure out where the smell was coming from except that it was coming from the container. Turns out they put a teaspoon full of GARLIC on my sushi! There was no mention of this on the menu! What sushi place puts garlic on a plain piece of fish!? Perhaps it was to mask the terribly unfresh nature of the fish. Either way, it turned my plain refreshing piece of fish into something I couldn't even eat. I can't even describe how bad it was.

                I will not be going back to jPan. I don't expect the quality here to be up to par with Taro or anywhere NEAR that level, but I've eaten sushi from the takeout Go Sushi chain and this was just worse than anywhere I'd ever eaten. I would agree however, that the staff REALLY cares about trying to get their act together and trying to please their customers. It's too bad the food doesn't.

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                  hamstrman May 24, 2007 06:28 PM

                  Well I had been to the sister restaurant and so I knew the quality of the fish I would be eating. I had a better, although not great, experience at Iron Chef House (the sister restaurant). I'm sorry if I offended you or anyone else here, but I don't see the offensiveness of my expectations being lower. It's like going to an action movie and not expecting it to have an Oscar winning plot. It can still be enjoyable as long as you know what you are going to get. I wouldn't rate it low just because it didn't meet my high standards of Taro. I consider Taro to be the best in Brooklyn and do not hold all restaurants up to that standard. This experience was simply terrible.

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                Taksa Jun 11, 2007 07:03 AM

                This place is comfortable and good looking, but unfortunately the food is not top notch. This is artless sushi made from mediocre fish. We tried the sushi dinner box and the sashimi classic. All of the fish looked like it was chopped up with a pair of dull scissors and the pieces were all way too large. Although none of the fish was off, it was obvious that some of it has been refrozen several times, hence the prevalent mushy and watery texture. The tuna pieces were completely falling apart into shreds. We also tried the crab salad appetizer, which was an oversized, heavy, mayonaise-laden concoction. I wanted to like this place, it looks so nice, but alas.... There are so many better choices nearby.

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                  goofydevils Nov 15, 2007 04:53 PM

                  You are all too much! This is by far the best new Sushi place in Park Slope. Not to mention, the NICEST staff and chefs. They actually CARE! I have never had a problem with the quality of their fish. Everything has always been fresh and yummy!

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                    lizwarton Apr 11, 2008 02:30 PM

                    I get take out from there all the time and it is good, not great. I am trying Mura tonight and will see if they fare better.

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