New Sushi in Kensington - "Maki Sushi"
A tiny new sushi place has opened on Fort Hamilton Parkway. I've gone three times since it opened in July and I'd say it's pretty good. I had one sort of bad spider roll - the softshell crab had a funky taste but my bf and I didn't get sick from it. Otherwise, it's all been good. Yesterday, I had their Boston roll which was delicious, and I've also eaten pieces of sushi: yellowtail, salmon, salmon roe were all good. Their salmon skin roll and eel rolls were both excellent. I'd say they're better than the older place in Windsor Terrace and they deliver.
I tried it once, I may try it again. I felt it was very mediocre. Not BAD like I didn't want to eat it, but I just felt it was standard and showed little effort... The quality of the fish was a little lower than average (in particular, the sweet shrimp was very iffy) and the spicy tuna roll tasted of squeeze bottle spicy sauce and it was $8 - in Kensington, Brooklyn! I didn't like the Thai restaurant next door when it first opened as well, owned by the same people. I understand that to be ambitious in a neighborhood that doesn't care is risky, if not pointless, but this just perpetuates the perception that our neighborhood can't have great food. If you use the term "but [...] I didn't get sick from it," it's far from being anything to write home about.
And which place in Windsor Terrace did you mean? Sushi Yu or Sushi Yama or some other place?
I was talking about Sushi Yu.
As for Maki Sushi, I don't think I said it was great. My words were "pretty good." which may not be that different from your "standard." And if you've been living in this neighborhood for any length of time, you know that the appearance of a sushi restaurant of any kind is "something to write home about," iffy spider rolls and shrimp and all.
However, they do some things better than others. For this neighborhood, they are good. I don't think it's an abstract "perception" that our neighborhood can't have great food or that we "don't care" about food. It's a reality that this neighborhood isn't as affluent as Park Slope. This is the first sushi restaurant here. When I moved here eight years ago there were NO restaurants except that crappy pizza place on Ft. Hamilton and Mr. Tong. A standard sushi place is a major improvement.
I wouldn't rush to this neighborhood to have sushi, but for a place that you can walk to /order in from, it's decent and not that expensive.
I'm with you on Thai Tony's though. When there are better options, like Am Thai, there's no reason to get their food.
"I don't think I said it was great"
I know. Sorry if I implied that you had.
"And if you've been living in this neighborhood for any length of time, you know that the appearance of a sushi restaurant of any kind is "something to write home about,""
Haha! This is true.
"This is the first sushi restaurant here. "
That would be false. In October of '97 there was a sushi takeout place on Church Ave btwn E 3rd and E 4th street. I was in love. It was where I first had sushi. It closed on December 31, 1999. I remember because I was getting New Years sushi when he told me was closing. I followed the chef to two other restaurants he opened (and closed eventually) and now he has disappeared.
This is the first sushi restaurant since, however. I am an admitted sushi snob. I'd travel for good sushi over sushi that made me unhappy to be eating it. And for me, Yamato in Park Slope, Taro, Ki on Smith, and Chikurin (my guilty pleasure) suffice. Ki is more than sufficient, it's downright amazing. Luckily I work in Grand Central Station, so I can go to Yasuda for lunch.
"it's decent and not that expensive"
I agree that it's decent, but I was a little surprised at the size of the spicy tuna roll for $8. *shrug* I'll have to give it another try.
"When there are better options, like Am Thai, there's no reason to get their food."
Yes! I love AM-Thai! So delicious.
OK, fair enough. The last time I ate their food it wasn't as good as it was right after they opened. The Boston Roll (which I wouldn't normally have gotten anyway) was nowhere near as tasty as that first one I had.
Sushi snobbery is fine with me in general. I used to go to Taro for Omokase. Soo good.