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Birthday at Aoyama Sushi

abscissa Aug 13, 2008 03:53 PM

Who could ask for anything more? Everyone was very impressed.



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    1. T Long Aug 23, 2008 09:21 AM

      I'm not much of an omakase guy at Japanese cuisine, going mainly for the sushi and cooked menu dishes. As such, I have found Aoyama to one of my favorites and have not noted any decrease in quality. My only complaint is that they have cut back on opening at lunchtimes (open for lunch only 3 or 4 days a week)...hopefully that is just their summer hours.

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      1. re: T Long
        skylineR33 Aug 23, 2008 09:27 AM

        Hey T Long, when is the last time you were there ? My second last vist which is like 2 months ago are still pretty good (eventhough not as good as the previous one). But this time is quite disappointed with my $60 spent especially with the rice quality. I hope it is just their off days as I also like Aoyama.

        1. re: skylineR33
          T Long Aug 23, 2008 09:41 AM

          Last at Aoyama 3 or 4 weeks ago at supper time. I usually like to go at lunch-time, but the last two times have ended up going to nearby Michi Cafe (also good) as Aoyama was closed at lunch!

          1. re: skylineR33
            Charles Yu Sep 12, 2008 06:59 PM

            Hello skylineR33.
            My family of four just had their $70 ( regular $60 + $10 extra ) Omakase dinner tonight. Very satisfied. The cooked dishes was OK except for the lobster which was very aromatic and tasty. However, sushi was surprisingly good. Rice was nicely cooked and seasoned. Size was just right. The selection of fish/seafood was very fresh and high quality. We were served toro from a 500lb bluefin tuna, special side of the Hirame, belly from Kampachi, ultra-fresh Uni, Mirugai and Hokkaido scallops. As appertizer, we were also served sea cucumber marinated in Ponzu soy. Interesting chewy texture, just like Ika! A first for me. Oh! we also have a Wagyu beef sushi. Nice beef flavour and the usual 'fatty' sensation. Guess your last visit must be an off night?!

            1. re: Charles Yu
              skylineR33 Sep 12, 2008 08:40 PM

              Yeah, probably it was a off night for my last visit (so unfortunate). The sushi chef Endo san is a nice guy. So they have a little change to their omakase this time with the sea cucumber ! Last time I had the Hirame usuzukuri with the Ponzu soy. It is $8 one time I order it a la carte.

              I had the baby anago fries in there one time. It is like french fries with seafood sweet, nice !

              1. re: skylineR33
                Charles Yu Sep 13, 2008 06:26 AM

                We also have the Hirame usuzukuri as one of the appertizer. Endo san actually told us the fish was obtained in the morning and is ultra-fresh. He also told us he used to work in Ginza as well as NYC. Wonder which restaurants since he said the Ginza one was very expensive!

                1. re: Charles Yu
                  pinstripeprincess Sep 13, 2008 08:09 AM

                  ginza is expensive for everything!

                  1. re: Charles Yu
                    tjr Sep 13, 2008 11:06 AM

                    It would be interesting to know his pedigree.

                2. re: Charles Yu
                  pinstripeprincess Sep 13, 2008 08:10 AM

                  that sounds much more impressive than some of the pictures i've been seeing. but the $70 price tag (which won't get you nearly anywhere near the same things at japango) is notably higher than the listed omakase's on the zen menu.

                  have you had a $70 omakase at zen and if so how did it compare?

            2. skylineR33 Aug 22, 2008 09:16 PM

              Just tried their omakase and the dishes are more or less the same as what is in your pictures. I don't find the value good at Aoyama with the $60 omakase. I would rather order the sushi + sashimi omakase. Also, the quality is going downhill compared to before. One word - disappointed.

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                chiujason Aug 20, 2008 06:47 AM

                That looks great! The difference between what you got and the $60 omakase looks like the crab and the steamed egg.

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                1. re: chiujason
                  abscissa Aug 20, 2008 07:24 AM

                  Steamed egg?

                  1. re: abscissa
                    Teep Aug 20, 2008 11:56 AM

                    Probably chawan mushi.

                    1. re: abscissa
                      chiujason Aug 21, 2008 08:20 AM

                      It looks like the picture you labelled "Seafood jello Stew" might be a traditional steamed egg dish with seafood in it, as Teep says, called "chawan mushi". This doesn't come in the $60 omakase.

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                    Apprentice Aug 13, 2008 07:16 PM

                    My omakase experience at Aoyama was enjoyable as well and I thought their meal was great value. My only complaint(s) are: 1) It appears they have raised their prices from $60, unless you have received more dishes. I believe Estufarian mentioned there was a higher priced Omakase that could be ordered 2 weeks in advance, so perhaps that's what your's is????
                    2) It doesn't appear that they have changed many of their dishes from my experience several months ago.

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                    1. re: Apprentice
                      abscissa Aug 13, 2008 07:23 PM

                      1) I told them I wanted to pay $75/pp (they gave us a birthday cake, flowers, etc. remembered me, referred to me by name, etc. which I thought was very impressive)

                      2) these pictures are actually from a couple of months ago ;) but still, you are right, I am not sure there is a huge amount of variation.

                    2. T Long Aug 13, 2008 05:35 PM

                      Great presentation....btw, what was the cost per person?

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                      1. re: T Long
                        abscissa Aug 13, 2008 06:46 PM

                        $75/pp (but you literally name your price for Omakase if you make a reservation, it's really up to you... a common complaint is that there is way too much food)

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