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Aug 30, 2008 05:58 PM

STL Tani Sushi Bistro review

Review of Tani Sushi Bistro
Two lunch visits; sushi & miso soup.

Another sushi place, joining Miso, SekiSui Pacific Rim, and the second Wasabi in Clayton. (I believe there is also is a SanSae as well. ‘Nuff said.) Nice, somewhat quiet yet modern appearance with servers in black, five stand up tables, about 15 sit down tables, and an eight seat sushi bar – but fish and preparation are not visible. Handicap accesibility good, parking on street or across the street in a public parking area.

The rice’s texture was some of best I’ve ever had – grains separate yet not falling apart, with a nice “airyness” encouraging the toppings’/ingredients’ flavors to come through. The fish was adequate to excellent, with uni and a white fish the biggest dissapointments – not actually bad but on the edge. Miso soup “off” the first visit but much better the second. Service was excellent although neither time was very busy. A little pricy for the region.

Tani adds to the trend towards complex, cutesy named rolls. As is unfortunately too common with places that feature rolls if more attention were paid to the individual ingredients it would perk this bistro right up – especially given the high quality of the rice preparation. It is unlikely I will make a special trip – it is no better or worse than the other three sushi bars in Clayton – but it’s a good place to go if I’m in the area. If you work nearby it’s worth checking out!

Has anyone else here been yet? Comments?

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  1. Have not been to Tani, but I was very impressed by the sushi I had at Asia today, in Lumiere Place casino.

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      1. Sekisui Pacific Rim is no more. Ichigo is now there. Along with sushi, there's some traditional-style Japanese food and some stuff that's sort of fusion-ish.

        7443 Forsyth Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63105