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Oct 17, 2008 06:51 AM

Great Sushi?

I am not a huge sushi fan but want to take my wife for her birthday. I am open to eating ANYTHING and want to go somewhere where we can put complete faith in the chef and get the best. Also would like somewhere that you are not rushed out.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      However, don't they give you a time limit at the bar when you're at Yasuda? It meets all the other criteria save for "not being rushed out."

      1. re: kathryn

        I've not eaten at the sushi bar there.

        1. re: MMRuth

          From everything I've read Yasuda seems to be the place to go. I did read a couple of reviews that said there was a time limit though.

          1. re: donovt

            The bar has a 90 mins limit, but it is really the way to go. Had the most voluptuous oyster sushi yesterday at Yasuda, and I was in and out in about 75 mins with 15-16 pieces under the belt and dessert.

            1. re: xigua

              Can you describe the oyster sushi? I love the Peace Passage oysters that are served on the half shell.

              I know everyone says that sitting at the bar is the way to go - I've still not tried it, though I'm sure it is, but, for the OP, if the timing is an issue, I've always had superb fish at a table as well. Also, there are some good cooked dishes, which the OP might be more reluctant to order if sitting at the sushi bar.

              1. re: MMRuth

                Thanks to everyone for the replies. I decided to go with reservations at the bar. While I'd prefer a longer meal, 90 minutes isn't bad and if I'm going to try it, might as well go with the best. Thanks again.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  I think the best part about sitting at the bar is that you can get sushi piece by piece, and shout out sudden inspired picks, or ask for seconds whenever you wish it!
                  The sushi is basically an oyster pressed onto a mound of rice, with a spritz of lemon juice and some salt. The moment the sushi hits your mouth, the rice disintegrates and as you chew, the sweetness of the rice just melds in with the briny-sweetness of the oyster.. so good i had 2 last night

                  1. re: xigua

                    augh. i don't even like oysters and you have me drooling.

      2. Sounds like you've made your decision, donovt, but just in case: Kuruma Zushi is as good as Yasuda and here is no time limit at the bar. However, it is also more expensive (reflecting the nicer digs). (All that said, I've never really felt rushed at Yasuda. For me, 90 minutes is plenty of time.)

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        1. re: cimui

          Went to Yasuda over the weekend and was blown away. Definitely the freshest, tastiest fish I've ever eaten. The oyster sushi that xigua mentioned was phenomenal as was the giant clam sushi. By the time we left we had eaten 25 pieces of sushi/sashimi each, so the 90 minutes was definitely enough.