Sushi in Central Jersey? [Moved from Tristate board]
All things considered, it seems that Benihana in Edison has the best Sushi in this area. Any other suggestions?
In other restaurants I tried, some Korean some Chinese. the shushi they served can be barely edible. I have been to the all-you-can-eat Sushi place in Dover. It's great but requires an one-hour drive. I don't think there are any real Japanese restaurants in Central Jersey in any case?
*All things considered, it seems that Benihana in Edison has the best Sushi in this area.*
With all due respect, at this moment, Gautama Buddha, the Kami spirits of Shinto and all the edible fish in the sea are laughing their butts (fins and gills?) off. The best sushi/sashimi in New Jersey (From what I understand, it's probably the very best in America and rivals the best of Tokyo) is Shumi in Somerset. Nestled off the beaten path for the past 22 years, Shumi has been the secret of a small group of sushi congnescenti who may hunt me down and kill me for giving it away. Close your eyes to both the atmosphere and the menu, and open your mind (and your wallet) to an experience that will change everything you think you know about Japanese cuisine. Simply ask Ike, the chef/owner/Zen Master, to feed you what he wishes, starting with a small platter of Sashimi, and then sushi. Don't bother with any of the rolls on the menu; they're only there for the stubbornly uninitiated. Simplicity is king at Shumi. Try the chef-prepared monk's fish liver with sea weed. What you'll taste is a delicacy more subtle than mis cuis fois gras that will have you dreaming of mermaids. Or try the sea urchin with a quail egg, or the Japanese Horse Mackerel (Aji) topped with a roe, or the suprisingly sweet Aburabo which will make you wonder if it's pastry filling. For that matter, try anything Ike wants to offer you, and you will get a higher education in the art of fine Japanese food a well as a treat for your palate. The sushi and sashimi at Shumi is to the fare at most other places you've frequented as Kobi beef is to a Big Mac. After you develop a taste for it, you'll never be able to eat pedestrian sushi again. Don't say you weren't warned.
"...who may hunt me down and kill me for giving it away."
mmgpsych - Be afraid. Be very afraid. When you least expect it, expect it.
But seriously, I've recommended Shumi a number of times before, but tried to keep it subtle. I've also partaken of Ike's omakase and agree it's the best sushi experience I've had, with a small place in New Haven - Miya - coming in an almost close second, and that followed by a saba specialist in Kyoto.
I just read your review to my wife, who also blanched at the intro mention of Benihana. She pointed out that she's also heard on the radio people calling in extolling the virtues of the chains like Carraba's Grill. She's more of an Italian fan than Japanese, but the emphasis on chain restaurants like Carraba's and Benihana's is one of the problems with dining in the US, and the source of the need for such resources as Chowhound.
But even with hounds out there looking out for us, it's still a sad situation. We've spent the last 2 weeks in Hong Kong, and from mall restaurants to small places on side streets, one question my wife has asked multiple times on this trip is "Why can't we have places like this at home?"
Agree 100% with
Jo-sho & Ajihei
Although it's not Central Jersey, I think the best bet is to buy sashimi from Mitsuwa Market in Edgewater. Best bang for your $$.