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houdini Nov 14, 2007 10:54 AM

I'm staying in Summit for a couple of days and want to know where to eat something other than food prepared at pizza joints and trash food.
Is there a decent Japanese restaurant near the Garden State Exhibit Center? What else can a fellow chowhound suggest? I'd prefer not to break the budget.

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  1. Curlz RE: houdini Nov 14, 2007 11:32 AM

    Summit, or Somerset? Big difference, and iirc, the Exhibition Ctr is in Somerset. Let us know, please--then maybe we can help!

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      houdini RE: houdini Nov 14, 2007 06:28 PM

      Woops!!! Somerset it is. Sorry about that!

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        Laurencat RE: houdini Nov 15, 2007 03:08 AM

        Edo, on Easton Ave in New Brunswick is my absolute favorite sushi place. Just tell Yun the sushi chef how much you want to spend and he'll give you a plate - I usually ask for half sushi and half sashimi. Mmm! Now I want to go there.

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          cranrob RE: houdini Nov 15, 2007 04:29 AM

          One of the best Sushi places in NJ is in Somerville (about 10 minutes from Somerset), called Shumi ( http://www.shumirestaurant.com/ ). There's a great Thai place in Somerset on Easton Avenue called Chao Phaya ( http://chaophaya.com/ ). They also have a location in Somerville. There is a pretty good Japanese restaurant in Somerset as well called Jo Sho. See the New York Times Review at http://events.nytimes.com/2006/03/19/...

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            Gwendolen RE: cranrob Nov 28, 2007 06:52 AM

            I second the praise for Shumi! It's one of our favorites. Not just really great sushi, but excellent entrees as wells. Be sure to check out their daily specials, too. We've found some unusual but tasty items!

          2. ambrose RE: houdini Nov 15, 2007 07:16 AM

            Queries about Somerset really belong on the Mid-Atlantic board. You might want to ask the moderators to move this post to the Mid-Atlantic board AND change the title to Somerset rather than Summit.

            Cranrob's recommendations are excellent. You might also have a look at the following link which asked a question similar to yours.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451636

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              houdini RE: ambrose Nov 16, 2007 06:12 AM

              Thanks everyone. I'll be sure to report when I'm back.

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              houdini RE: houdini Nov 23, 2007 12:19 PM

              As I was only in Somerset for two nights, I was only able to sample two of the recommendations. On Friday night, having a self professed proclivity for Thai food, I went to the Chao Phaya Thai Cuisine restaurant.
              In short, I was delighted. I had an excellent appetizer, some Thai Dumplings. They were identical in shape to what I have come to recognize as Shumi dumplings, served in many Japanese restaurants. The resemblance ended with shape, although the basic filling had shrimp paste, they had added some very nice additions and they were very tasty. I followed that with Tom Yum soup (Chao Phaya’s version) and as an entrée, a curry named ‘Spice for Life’ which contained shrimp, calamari, mussels, scallops and veggies – all in a nicely spiced red curry sauce.
              The next night, I was more in the mood for sushi and so I went to Shumi Japanese Restaurant. I was early and the place was just opening so I decided I could probably get away with no reservation. This proved to be true and I was initially, the only person there. I started out with a tempura appetizer which had yam, four shrimp, egg plant, green bean and some other veggies. The tempura was light, crispy and free of any oil taste. I was treated to a nice fresh salad, a bowl of miso soup and some other gratuitous tidbits. I ordered the Sushi / Sashimi Combination entrée and was delighted with the chef’s choices. It was very good and compared favorably with any I’ve had, including Japan.
              All in all, a most pleasant result to my request for my fellow chowhounds to recommend places in Somerset.

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