Real, athentic omakase sushi experience wanted near Westport, CT
This is probably going to get some people upset, but whatever...
We recently moved to Southport, CT, and are in dire need of sushi in the area. Of course, when we want the good stuff we'll just head to NYC, but we'd like to have somewhere around here for when we don't have time to do that.
Here's the thing: we're unabashed sushi snobs. We've been to the top places in Tokyo and in the U.S. When we eat in NYC we go to Sushi Yasuda, and sit at the bar and have Yasuda serve us omakase style, or we go to 15 East and do the same thing there.
We're fully aware we're not going to get anything like this near us in CT. What we're looking for is the closest thing. (If the closest thing isn't very good we just won't have sushi around here, but we have to give it a try).
We don't want "asian fusion", three varieties of miso cod, fried maki with cream cheese doused in mayo, etc... we want somewhere where we can sit down at the sushi bar and have a couple of pieces served at a time of high-quality nigiri, preferably made w/ real wasabi, with attention paid to the quality of the rice, by someone with knife skills.
Has anyone had something like this within, say, a 30 minute drive from Westport?
Sadly I would recommend that you don't eat sushi in the area. There is nothing here that compares to what you are accustomed to. We live in Westport, do the occasional Sakura and Matsu Sushi...it's decent, but not the quality of fish that you get at the top places.
We just came back from Boston last night, went to O Ya, sat at the sushi bar and had about 20 courses of the most amazing nigiri and sashimi. And funny that you mention the rice, because I said to my husband that you can really tell when they know what they are doing when the rice under the sushi is so amazing. After that meal, it will be a long time until we can eat local sushi again!
If you do find anything worthy in the area, report back!
unfortunately Fairfield County has no good sushi.
We do have some solid food spots...but when it comes to sushi/asian in general..we kinda suck. Don't even try Matsu or Sakura for sushi. In my opinion they just aren't worth it. Sakura is fun for family/kids with the hibachi and the food isn't terrible in general.
231 Wickenden St, Providence, RI 02903
It's pretty much a sushi wasteland here, if you are lucky, you'll get good fish.
I gave up on Sakura 25 years ago when the Hamachi was soft & watery - on 2 separate occasions.
You'll have to go to White Plains -
522 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605-2002
Get reservations! The place is small 5 counter seats 5 tables or so and is next to an Oriental [Japanese] Market.
When I first walked in the hostess said that there was a $30 minimum for sushi - no problem!
The fish was fabulous, limited selection, but all top notch!
Good selections of saki by the glass/carafe.
For omikase dinner, you need to make a reservation so the chef can acquire the ingredients.
Other than that, I can recommend
Hajime Japanese Restaurant
267 Halstead Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528-3653
Just about as good, but more selection. Until you get to know the chef, the Gaijin will be served by number 2 chef. Quite acceptable in my view.
Hajime has been there over 15 years.
There may be a place in Branford I heard rumors about, but I've never checked it out - not with Le Petit Cafe nearby.
There was a place on Black Rock Turnpike I was ready to check, but the building it was in had a major fire & has not reopened yet.
I'm still in mourning over the closing of Omasa in Hartsdale & the parting of ways of my 2 friends and owners Mariko & Steve. Hopefully Steve is back in his beloved Okinawa & Mary is giving backrubs to her customers.
Le Petit Cafe
225 Montowese St Ste 7, Branford, CT 06405
Unfortunately no - in my experience, you are not going to find that level of quality in FFD county.