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Apr 11, 2014 05:47 AM

Good Sushi in Monmouth county? Where do you go?

I have never, will never eat raw fish! son loves sushi, and I want to take him out for dinner. Bonus points if there is a good cooked suggestion for me to eat too! Help please!

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  1. I think I'd have you to take me to Sushi by Kazu in Freehold, if I were him.

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      1. re: Tapas52

        There's got to be better sushi than kazu in this area. Im not even from nyc. Im from long island and this place honestly wouldn't even pass for decent there. Please help me out. Im desperate!

        1. re: shap89

          I went to Kazu once when he was in Howell, and I was not all that impressed. Nowadays, my budget only allows me the occasional sushi buffet, so I have to be happy with that.

          I've heard good things about Shumi in Somerville, but the reviews on Yelp are VERY mixed. Seems to depend on which day you go.

          I used to get a really good meal at this place:

          I still have a permanent 15% off card somewhere.. though I think the ownership changed hands a while back. I have not been there in a while (like a few years), but I was always treated more than fairly. I like the fact that they will give you 4 pieces of sashimi for the same price of 2 nigiris.

          1. re: MarlboroMan

            Just a head's up the Royal Buffet in Middletown NJ, has unlimited sushi, as well as pretty decent Chinese food. Certainly a great value if you are on a budget.


            Also a little further south is Ginzu in Ocean Township. I don't see it on their web site, but I know I've been there in the past and they have all you can eat sushi for $20. I believe. It's of far better quality than the buffet. I would suggest calling to verify they still run the all you can eat special.


            1. re: jrvedivici

              I've been to Ginza for AYCE a couple of times. They put waaaaay too much rice on their sushi for it to be enjoyable, IMO.

              If you're looking for value sushi the best I've tried locally are the 1/2 off places in Freehold, Fusha and Oyako.

              1. re: joonjoon

                Well it's all you can eat, they gotta make money some how!

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  I would never eat all you can eat sushi

                  1. re: shap89

                    That's fine shap, I'm not trying to get you to eat at one. My comments and suggestions are in direct response to MarlboroMan who stated;

                    "my budget only allows me the occasional sushi buffet,"

                    So I'm just trying to give him some more options.

              2. re: jrvedivici

                thanks, jr!

                I usually go to Freehold Grand Buffet, or Teppanyaki Buffet on 18, but I will give Royal a try if I am in that area. Today we ate at Wegman's and listened to the floor show. Good entertainment, and it's free!

                I don't think my daughter would have the patience to sit through me eating all the sushi I can, but maybe I can head down there for Father's Day.. you know, BY MYSELF. And not be rushed for once.

                Speaking of buffets, I hear Golden Corral is supposed to open around May 20th in Freehold. I'd bet dollars to donuts shap89 wouldn't eat there, either. :)

                1. re: MarlboroMan

                  You act like it's snobbish but the fact that places can charge you that little for all you can eat sushi means the quality of the fish is not great. not for me

                  1. re: shap89

                    "[T]he fact that places can charge you that little for all you can eat sushi means the quality of the fish is not great."

                    It's less snobbish than merely overly assumptive. I have no blanket prohibition against AYCE sushi. My favorite place in Baltimore used to do a Tuesday-Wednesday night special that was fantastic. Great quality, sashimi included, made to order, etc. Admittedly, it was a bit expensive on a student's budget, but if you got baked enough before going it was possible to eat your money's worth.

                    Buffet sushi, however, now we're talkin' "yellow snow" territory . . . .

                    1. re: MGZ

                      They have a sushi station where the sushi is made "fresh" at the buffet, it's not sitting under the heat lamps next to the boneless ribs. lol

                      They have a separate tip cup for the sushi person so it's going to cost you a few extra dollars, but nothing budget busting if that is your primary concern. Just a suggestion.

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        Hell, my friend, the only true concern I ever have is an empty glass. Practically brings tears to my eyes . . . .

                        1. re: jrvedivici

                          Just because they make it in front of you that doesn't mean the SUSHI GRADE FISH is top quality by any means....
                          & the tip cup really gives me a bad taste in my mouth also.
                          One good roll in a Japanese restaurant is around $12.00....the whole Chinese buffet is $11.00? go figure.. ;-)

                          1. re: Tapas52

                            I completely understand, please keep in mind, as I've pointed out earlier, my comments are in response to MarlboroMan who indicated he's on a budget. I'm not trying to promote nor endorse a Chinese Buffet as a quality sushi choice, but if you are on a budget and want a fix, this is certainly a viable option. Keep things in context.

                    2. re: MarlboroMan

                      If you're in Middletown I would also try Sushi Palace for AYCE. The fish is always tasty. My wife used to go to Japan quarterly and is a sushi snob and she finds it to be good. Also have a co-worker who used to work for Panasonic who went to Japan frequently and he just tried it and thinks it is a good spot and a great value.

                      1. re: hcentro

                        How long ago did this place open? I remember a while back there was an AYCE sushi place but it closed and I assume these are new owners. DId you try any of the "hot" appetizers?

                        That location is terrible. Nothing lasts there too long, expect for the old red heads. Hopefully this place gets it right. I might have to try it (not really for great sushi but to see what the hot appetizers are all about


                        Tapas, I agree. Sometimes places can get outrageously expensive. I like this place in atlantic highlands called Kyoto. Its byob and you don't have to break the bank there.

                        1. re: corvette johnny

                          IIRC this place has lasted for at least a year.
                          The hot dishes are really nothing to write home about, they taste like the average hot dishes in a typical Japanese place.
                          The sushi are okay; I would say it definitely worth at least one try.

                          1. re: corvette johnny

                            My wife likes their hot vegetable soup. My four year old loves their shrimp dumplings and their Pork Katsu. Other than that we get the Spicy Seaweed Salad and sushi/Sash.

                            If memory serves me about your past posts you indicate you are a big guy like me, so If I go to a regular sushi restaurant I probably spend $100 on myself. Here my wife, son and I can get out for $60.0 with Soda.

                        2. re: MarlboroMan

                          In my experiences mostly all of these so called
                          "Chinese buffets" have horrible sushi........and these so called upscale Japanese places Sushi is way over priced also,..... It's ridiculous to take your family out to eat during the week for dinner and spend $200.00 just for some rolls, sushi, sashimi really?

                          1. re: MarlboroMan

                            Tokyo Rt 9, Freehold is my go to sushi buffet place since it is close to home and quality is consistently decent.
                            Ichi Umi in Edison Menlo Park (not in Monmouth) is by far my favorite but you are also paying more.

                            I don't like Teppanyaki and Freehold Grand Buffet's sushi. I get especially put off by Freehold GB's neon-green wasabi :-)

                            Sushi Palace is okay, the cooked food from them is kind of awful especially the "katsu".

                            I like Taka a lot, only been there once but the sushi and cooked dish (esp. braised short ribs) were both great.

                            I am looking to try Kazu. Will probably do so sometimes soon.

                            1. re: yCf

                              I've always had a good time at Kazu been going for years, & before that Kazu was the sushi chef at Kobe dinner theater & hibachi on Rt Lakewood years ago ...many times the place is packed with Asian people also ....that's a good sign.. he and his wife do a nice job.

                              1. re: Tapas52

                                I like Japanese restaurant run by Japanese people; there are not that many in NJ outside of Bergen county. 90% of Japanese places are run by Chinese especially most of the Japanese buffet places.

                                The only thing that prevents me from going there is it looks a bit pricey to bring my two small kids. I have no problem paying good money for decent sushi but I really don't like paying $20 for chicken teriyaki.

                                1. re: Tapas52

                                  Went to Kazu last night. I liked it a lot. It's definitely pricey - sushi & sashimi combo for two (wife and I) and a pork katsu for the kids - and the bill with tips comes to $110.

                                  Quality of fish is good not great and the variety of the sashimi is kind of mundane. However, the sushi does excel because of the very well seasoned rice. Only a few different places in NJ serves sushi with great sushi rice - Ajihei in Princeton and Jo-Sho in Somerset comes to mind.

                                  The pork katsu was ordered for the kids but i tasted a little bit of it and it was actually very good. Service is very friendly and for a Wednesday the place is 80% full and it seems every table occupied by people that are frequent customers.

                                  So overall, i would definitely return. It is nice to know there is an enjoyable sushi place about 10 minutes or so from home.

                  2. Yumi in Sea Bright. For sure.

                    1. +1 for Yumi. Excellent cooked dishes.

                        1. Thanks so muchMGZ, Coldbeer and Bgut. If my son gives me an extra hug we just might try both places in the future!
                          Ironically tonight we will be in Freehold so I am leaning towards Kazu. Thanks for asking Corvette Johnny. Yumi sounds like I might even enjoy it! I really appreciate all your help, much thanks!

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                          1. re: EL7

                            One thing I should have added above. If your boy has an adventurous side when it comes to food, Kazu can be a solid place to indulge it and try new things.

                            Wherever you wind up, let us know how it goes.

                            1. re: MGZ

                              Adventurous yup that is everyone in the family but me! What do you like there MGZ? He will be in his element! They love different, exotic, unusual etc! We are going there tonight will definitely report back! Next time Yumi !

                              1. re: EL7

                                Well, it's probably too late, but I'll suggest the Ika & Uni and the Tako Sunomono, as well as simply trusting to the Itamae with sashimi or donburi. They'll sometimes have monkfish liver as a special which I have come to like more and more.

                                Looking back on my first post about the place, some five years ago, I realize two things. First, I'm glad I try to never offer much by way of "review" after only a single visit anymore. And, second, Kazu's moving was a really, really good idea.

                                1. re: MGZ

                                  Morning MGZ! We went last night and everyone really enjoyed... even me! I had fried shrimp dumplings.. two orders please since everyone else had to try mine! Seaweed salad, and sauted scallops all appetizers others had to taste too! I was very happy with my food! . My family ordered rolls, and sashimi unfortunately I asked on the way home what they had and have forgotten since them.. but they liked everything a lot! We all said we would happily be back with thanks MGZ!
                                  My kids like Avenue East in Cranford for Sushi, and Mambo Sushi I think they said??? We were told it would be a 40 minute wait for sushi, so we ordered apps and the wait went fast. A great meal much appreciated! After reading your link I am glad Kazu moved too!!