Sushi Cape Cod
The dreary days of March will end. The daffodils, crocuses, and amaryllis will be the first of many flowers to shout “hello”. The “welcome sign” will be hung at restaurants for the seasonal residents and tourists. Better, fresher fish will soon find its way to the sushi restaurants of Cape Cod. Each year, it seems to me, the fish and sushi improves over prior years. As a consequence I’ve learned choosing what’s best can be subjective; that is, often about my personal needs on any given night out. I thought the fish was terrific last year at many of the Cape’s sushi bars.
As summer approaches, it could be useful if sushi aficionados plus those that find sushi to be a healthy food choice commented on what's available by comparing one eatery to another. How do the various places patronized seem similar or different from one another? There was a time when we'd drive to Tatsukichi, Quincy Market, Boston for good sushi. Back then there was no sushi on Cape Cod.
I‘m on the upper Cape, familiar with Asia, Misaki and Inaho. If I were to compare the three, emphasizing that driving time was important, I would select Asia. All three establishments are good but with Asia much closer, that would be my choice. If a relaxed atmosphere were the issue, Misaki would be my choice. If ambience reflecting Japan where the issue Inaho would be my choice. Today I can list eighteen sushi establishments on Cape Cod, excluding the Islands. Six of the eighteen I have not visited. Perhaps there are more and they should be included.
Here’s my list, with help from Google, starting at the Bourne Bridge:
Way Ho - Buzzards Bay
Peking Palace – Falmouth
Homeport Sushi — Falmouth
Asia – Mashpee Commons
Jimmy’s Sushi at the Picnic Box, Mashpee Rotary
Misaki – Hyannis
Mities Sushi House — Hyannis
Sarku Japan — Cape Cod Mall, Hyannis
Yings – Hyannis & Thai Sushi Café by Ying— Provincetown
Inaho - Yarmouth Port
Scargo Cafe Monday Night (off n' on) – Dennis
Kolbi House – Brewster & Hyannis
Bangkok - Orleans
Mac's Shack – Wellfleet
Cape Sushi at Clem & Ursie’s — Provincetown
Patio Grill — Provincetown
Ah, sigh, now the errors appear magically. Should of had it reviewed. Ok, two errors in the Kobi House line: (1.) misspelled Kobi by adding an L in the middle. The name is Kobi House which itself is a curiosity because they have hibachi tables and it suggests beef which in turn suggests Kobe, Japan but, it's their name and it's gotta be right - Kobi. Also, they are the owners of Noble House, West Harwich. I should have specified that and I got the name of the town wrong - not Brewster. Oh boy.
Google offers this: OKI Japanese Express was opened in the summer of 2009 by Chang Ting Zou. Lovers of proper nouns might enjoy reading this, otherwise I expect it’s of little value. But, Jillians information does bring the list back to 18 and that’s a strong statement about sushi on Cape Cod.
I did not mention the Brazilian Grill, Hyannis because they do not serve sushi or sashimi. However, they do have some of the best maki rolls anywhere; and, that's because of the long honed skills of the makimaker. The streaming photo at the top of the home page on their web site has two good photos of their excellent maki. The rice is a correct brand, proportions of rice and ingredients are perfect, a high quality nori is used, the texture and flavors are expertly presented.
Correction #2, Sarku Japan in the Mall at Hyannis should be removed from the list as their sushi service has been discontinued. One or two simple maki rolls are all they presently offer.
For those that have lived in Japan, as well as those who make sushi a regular part of their diet, here is an interesting, if not strange, article on American style and Japanese style sushi. The story makes clear that there are distinctive differences between sushi served in the United States and sushi served in Japan. And, it seems some folks can get pretty heated up about the matter. Often in Japan, a chef cannot achieve status or acclaim because of the nearly fanatical dedication to detail. The smallest errors are noted. This zealous dedication to tradition results in a narrow definition of “good sushi”. By contrast, sushi chefs in the U.S. have meandered into new territory and redefined the boundaries of “good sushi”. Still, I found this story humorous and surprising. It's an unexpected account of sushi served in Okinawa, Japan to Americans; and, there are some Japanese that are angry about it – the sushi that is. Go figure, here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/yav8rqe
chowmouse: I read your post and thought "YUP"! I asked friends in Japan for a comment on US style sushi. They used to live in Cambridge.
"Last weekend, we went to a Sushi resutaurant nearby my house and found “California Roll”! We are so excited and tried. But that was totally different thing. We hear the US style sushi is getting popular. Especially at Rolling sushi restaurants (cheeper than not rolling), we see new sushi with mayonnaise taste, but at authentic restaurants, traditional sushi is still much more popular. The chef are conservative and going to keep traditional style and taste, although we do not mind."
"We miss the taste of Cape pretty much!!"
Thanks for joining the discussion. As you know, the Japanese government has planned for years to establish a program whereby a "special team" will visit restaurants presenting themselves as Japanese and, if found authentic, will provide a "seal of approval". I've read the project has begun but will take many years to complete. In my opinion, I doubt the success or viability or such an effort. It seems too complicated an issue to take on.
Yes I've heard about that program, too. But I heard about it a couple of years ago, and I haven't heard anything else about it since. I completely agree with you that something like that isn't going to be viable. And if I hear that a Japanese restaurant is good, I'll rely on Chowhound or Yelp's up-to-date reviews to verify it.