Sushi in Pittsburgh
I'm driving into Pittsburgh for a concert and wondered if anyone had a good suggestion for sushi. Location is not a concern. I am more than willing to go out of my way for good sushi!
This might be worth a read - it pretty much covers the territory courtesy of our young, opinionated and oft-controversial new food critic.
I'm partial to Little Tokyo's Mt. Lebanon location because it's almost right across the street from my shop. If I were entertaining our out with friends it would probably be Umi for the upscale atmosphere. Both are good. Haven't been to the others as I've been quite satisfied with those two.
Chaya is indeed very good. I've also had good experiences at East Winds Asian Bistro back when it was known as Sushi Two on Carson St., and via takeaway from all three Strip District fishmongers (Penn Ave. Fish Company, Benkovitz and Wholeys).
A longtime resident of San Francisco and fairly well-traveled soul told me that the sushi at Umi was as good as he's had anywhere. As I've been generally underwhelmed by Big Burrito restaurants in the past — especially their pan-Asian fusion place, Soba, just down the block — I've yet to feel compelled to find out for myself. Maybe I'm missing out.
A must-avoid, I would say is Nakama, unless you're interested in a meat market/people-watching scene.
I've had wonderful sushi at Umi on Ellsworth Avenue, and I'd definitely recommend is as a place to go to with friends as it has a wonderful atmosphere.
Umi is better. It has more creative and unusual items and a more artistic presentation. It also shares the extensive beer, wine and liquor choices of Soba as it is located above Soba on the 4th floor. It is also easily double the price of Chaya.
Chaya is BYOB and quite minimal in its atmosphere and presentation. I have never been to Japan/Korea but it strikes me as more authentic and down to earth. The fish is fresh and the choice of other dishes is quite extensive.
It really comes down to price and whether you are willing to pay for the upscale atmosphere and innovation of Umi.