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Sushi in Stamford?

Are there any good sushi joints in downtown Stamford?

I've eaten at Fin II a few times and have fund their fish to be very decent for the price but I'm looking for something a little nicer (decor, atmosphere)...I've tried republic and was disappointed and whatever the Hibachi place next to Thirsty Turtle also left me wanting more.

Anything in downtown Stamford to suggest?

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  1. Duo, next to Plateau. Best in town, IMO.

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    1. re: amanda3571

      I second the Duo suggestion! They've got some really yummy sushi!

    2. Consider Kotobuki - right downtown on Summer Street (near UCONN). I travel to Japan several times a year and find Kotobuki's sushi to be, far and away, the most consistent with style actually served in Japan in this area.

      One local sushi place (in Darien) serves their sushi on a bed of ice! And most serve it way too cold, muting the flavours of the fish. Not Kotobuki, which serves it as close to room temperature as possible, which maximizes the taste.

      Ask for the "omikase" and you won't be disappointed, nor will they rob you. A good omikase will be under $30 (and will not be boring "tuna roll" and "salmon sashimi").

      Frankly, the two primary things they are missing re authenticity are that you can leave you shoes on and they use the American-style deep soy sauce dishes. You can ask for a flat plate to do just the thin amount of soy sauce and they will know you are an expert.

      1. If Darien isn't to far, try Matsuri on the Post Road, east of town. The best sushi I've had in Fairfield county in the 14 years I've lived here.

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        1. re: ChefBoyAreMe

          Matsuri is the restaurant that I was referring to - if you get an omikase plate, it's served on ice. You can't taste the fish! Matsuri's premises are certainly more appealing than Kotobuki's, but Matsuri is Americanized sushi, at best. ChefBoyAreMe, if you've not tried Kotobuki, you owe it a try.

          1. re: TomOfCT

            Agree with you 100% Tom. If you appreciate authentic sushi then Matsuri is one to avoid. This was my experience...I can still remember the comedy server routine...hilarious

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/499335

            I also tried Kotobuki for the first time 2 nights ago. Very good. In a different league to the likes of matsuri...

            1. re: Scotty100

              I think you guy's both sell Matsuri short. While I'll give you it is maybe less traditional (certainly in presentation), I have found the quality of fish and the generosity of the cuts to be unmatched in the area, and that is coming from someone who likes his raw fish straight up in sashimi, rice on the side, if at all.

        2. Although I haven't been in a few years, Ku in Cos Cob (Greenwich) sounds like what you are looking for. Definitely an upscale decor and menu, and very good sushi.

          1. I've gotta suggest Little Tokyo on 123 in Norwalk. Always very tasty and the staff are incredibly friendly.

            1. Hi there,

              I like Duo for its innovation and the quality of its sushi, but I LOVE Kotobuki for all the reasons already mentioned by TomOf CT. You also get much more bang for your buck at Kotobuki as compared with Duo, whose rolls are quite small in comparison.

              1. Add jfood to the list of Duo for the inventive stuff and Kotobuki for the regulars.

                1. Kotobuki is a landmark here in Stamford but for a little more ambience try Republic Grill on Bedford St. next to lucky"s burger joint. The food is fresh, nicely presented, there are other choices for non-sushi eaters and some good sakes. I find Duo way overpriced, precious and noisy.

                  1. Try Kiku Sushi on Hope Street in the Springdale section of Stamford. It's not trendy; but the decor is nice and the sushi is very good.

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                    1. re: sherijo

                      Or its sister restaurant, Shiki hibachi and sushi, next to Grade A on Hope. I like Shiki's sushi even more than Kiku's.

                    2. I agree.. Duo & Kotobuki are deff. the best sushi spots in downtown Stamford. Duo's a bit pricey, but for the month of march I know they're doing an all you can eat sushi (including special rolls!) for $29 a person every Monday.

                      1. I have to say that in spite of everyone's good experiences, I would not recommend Kotobuki because I do not think it is authentic Japanese. I am Japanese myself, grew up with the cuisine, etc. I keep going because we didn't know about other options, so I have numerous data points to average out. One entree was a tonkatsu, which was served with rice and pasta on the same plate. This would never be done in Japan, although it would be very acceptable in Hawaii. On another visit we ordered a variety of different noodle dishes. Mine was served with a whole, uncut shiitaki mushroom in it. Not only was it inedible, but the delicate nature of the vegetable was destroyed and made the soup itself feel chunky and horsey (not literally, but hopefully you know what I mean!). Service was apathetic. We were served entrees at different times, so some of us were eating while others waited a good 10 more minutes. We had to ask several times before receiving simple things like water and additional napkins. The interior is crusty, and feels kind of dingy. I'm very sorry to say that I have never been impressed. When the check comes, it's like getting insulted twice.

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                        1. re: CTSushilover

                          I do like Hajime in Halstead, which is about 20 min. from Stamford. It's a small place with sushi bar and tables. The owner is also sushi chef. His wife does beautiful floral arrangements for the restaurant. Table dishes are pretty simple and traditional, but very good. Atmosphere is bright and clean, but not uber-styled or fancy.

                        2. I would suggest Ku's in Cos Cob but unfortunately it Closed recently due to financial problems but the food was great and so was the service actually the service was excellent everyone was very nice and attentive. Stay away from Kiku Sushi on Hope street in Stamford. No atmosphere at all and the same rude and mean waitress is there all the time. We never experienced such rudeness by a waitress before especially in a Japanese Restaurant it was unbelievable. The food isn't bad but unfortunately everything else is.

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                          1. re: Ebe

                            I learnt KU in Cos Cob closed, any chance anyone knows where the main sushi chef Kazuo is working now? He was the * alma matter* of the sushi there....