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Jan 19, 2008 02:55 AM

best sushi in jacksonville??

I live in Riverside and looking for a good Japanese place to bring my partner tonight. I would prefer not to travel too far, and would rather find good sushi and hot appetizers close to or in Riverside. A decent atmosphere and moderate prices would be nice as wel.

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  1. have you tried the new Sumo Sushi over in the Whiteway bldg. across the street from European St.? Four visits so far, and all were excellent - a step up from the average in this area, and dead in the heart of Riverside. This place is new since you made this post, in fact. They try harder.

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    1. re: mezzrow

      I wholeheartedly agree with the Sumo Sushi recommendation. Sushi Cafe, Sake House and Chizu (Jax Beach) are all "good," but that's it - just good. The sushi I had at Sumo was great - and this is the first time I have been able to say that about any sushi restaurant in JAX. The fish was incredibly fresh and firm, and the rolls were well put together.

      Also, one restaurant to avoid for sushi is Basil Thai and Sushi. The descriptions of some of the rolls sounded great on the menu, but the execution was terrible. There was way too much rice and not enough other ingredients, so each bite was a gummy mess. For the prices they charge per roll, I expected SO much more. It was a tremendous disappointment. However, a lot of the Thai dishes were really good (maybe they just need to hire a new sushi chef).

      1. re: mezzrow

        where do you think is the best place to go eat sushi?
        I've been to basil thai and sushi and everything was great.
        What roll did you order?

        1. re: gknow

          As I mentioned above, Sumo Sushi in Riverside is the best sushi I have tried in Jacksonville (and in my opinion, it is significantly better than the other sushi restaurants I have tried in town).

          I do not recall the names of the rolls I tried. However, I went with a large group of friends (8 of us total), and we tried quite an assortment. To its credit, the rolls included some creative ingredients, but the execution was really poor. The ratio of rice to other ingredients was probably 2/3 to 1/3, and each bite was incredibly gummy. It's actually difficult to comment on the quality of the other ingredients, because there was so much rice.

          Perhaps the sushi chef who was working when we visited was a different one than you experienced. However, the same guy was working the sushi bar on the three occasions I have visited. (I live right nearby.) Also, although I really disliked the sushi, the traditional thai dishes were very good. (I've tried the Phad kee maow and panang curry.)

        2. re: mezzrow

          For what I've heard, Basil opened around late June, and your comment is on Jun 4th. how is that possible for you to have tried their sushi?

          1. re: gknow

            My original post was on September 29, 2008. The June 4 date was from the post above mine.

        3. I don't rememebr the name of the place, but it is a sushi place in Little 5 points, its very very good, very fresh fish, and only sushi place in L5P...across the street from the drugstore...

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          1. re: karenfinan

            I have been to this one as well, but can't remember the name. I can alos tell you to avoid the one in the Landings

            1. re: fsupilam33

              I think you are both referring to Sake House. (There are two, one in Riverside (5 Points) and one in San Marco.) Both are pretty good.

              1. re: RHT in JAX

                I ate at Crazy Sushi (on Touchton, off of Southside) and it was really great! Service, excellent, fish all very fresh. Good mix of "creative" rolls on the menu and the traditional. I had chirashi and it was pretty, tasty and not too expensive at $18.95--included soup and salad.