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Dec 19, 2007 12:23 PM

Please Explain Sushi Zo

The fish was delicious. But please explain the style of presentation of this omakase -- a piece of fish every 60 seconds, no time to relax between "courses", no time to feel whether or not you're full, no seeming logic to the progression of the "meal", and then you finally tell them to stop, and then they give you a fat blue crab roll, and then a check for $225 bucks for 2 people (we had one glass of wine and two beers). For that money, this should be a form of fine dining, no? Rather than just 20 pieces fish thrown at you in rapid succession? What am I missing? I'm asking sincerely. Please explain.

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  1. if you eat each peice as they are offered, the itamae may think that the pace works for you. all you need to do is let the waitress or itamae know that you would prefer that the sushi come out slower. problem solved.

    my last omakasae at sushi zo took around 2hrs....and the pace was casual....one piece every 5 or so mins.

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    1. re: wilafur

      But they take pains to place an etiquette card on the bar in front of you, and on the card it says to eat sushi as soon as it is cut. That seems like a direct instruction to eat the fish as soon as it is placed in front of you. Moreover, should it be up to me to pace my own dinner, espeically at these prices? Omakase means I'm putting myself in the hands of someone capable of orchestrating my meal and its pace.

      1. re: la tache burger

        the instructions do not prevent you from requesting that the itamae slow down presentation of each piece. if you request a slower pace, the fish will be placed before you in longer intervals, thus the "rule" to eat the fish upon presentation is moot right?

      2. re: wilafur

        my last omakase at zo also took a little over 2 hours.
        we were not rushed at all.

      3. My last experience at Zo was exactly the same. I still think Keizo-san does great stuff, but at the moment I'm ranking Sushi Ike ahead of Zo.

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        1. re: SauceSupreme

          Ike rules.

          I'm really going to miss him.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Hey ipsedixit,

            Sushi Ike is closing?? I didn't even get to try it yet. :(

            1. re: exilekiss

              No, no. NO.

              IKE IS NOT CLOSING (at least not that I know of).

              When I said I'm going to miss Ike it's a reference to my own move out of LA.

              Sorry for the confusion.

            2. re: ipsedixit

              Ike is closing? What's the story on that? Oh no!

          2. I have had both the fast experience and the too slow experience at Sushi Zo and in either case I think the pacing is simply dictated by the needs of the restaurant as opposed to the needs of the diner (which I guess is a service issue; point well taken). I don't think it's every been as little as 60 seconds, but on crowded nights I feel like I've waited too long for my next piece. I generally eat it as soon as it's placed in front of me, but even when it comes quickly, I still find that I have time to savor, reflect on my satiety, drink a bit of tea or eat some ginger before the next one comes. One time a party of two was chatting a great deal and not eating, and Keizo simply halted their omakase until they caught up. They did have about 3 little plates of fantastic looking fish there and I thought they were being a bit unrealisitc as opposed to Keizo being rude.

            1. I only order a la carte there for this reason.

              1. the scale and the pacing are human. keizo doesn't have a lot of help at the bar and when it gets busy i'm sure such problems can occur. that's the nature of the place. + one should always ask for more time, if necessary. i've sat there for 3 hours, slowly enjoying my meal.