(Written on Saturday)
This is going to sound self-indulgent and promotional but it’s my birthday and I shall do what I want!
Typically I try to avoid eating in the restaurant. I feel it’s strange if I’m wearing our sushi bar t-shirt, eating the food, and not paying for it. The ‘business’-guy in me thinks about how if I eat it, well, I’m losing money since it’s less sushi for me to sell. I usually end up eating the leftover take-away after we have closed.
Anyway, I was at the restaurant in the afternoon, and it had been a somewhat stressful day. I decided, “Hey! It’s my birthday, and I want to eat my own sushi freshly made.” So I did.
I asked for the hotate (scallop) aburi with mentai sauce that people have been raving about, anago, ika, kanpachi (we only have this sporadically – hard to get!), salmon belly, salmon aburi with yuzu mayo, and mentaiko.
I stood, I ate. It was a feast.
And I’m going to declare it: It was good. Seriously good. As in some of the best sushi I have ever had. The kanpachi (wild yellowtail) was ‘crunchy’ – it’s like you could feel the strength it has from swimming free rather than being farmed. Anago had a cleaner and lighter taste than unagi (saltwater eel versus freshwater eel), and the sauces Roy used for the aburi sushi were awesome.
I’ve kept on top of reviews and comments about the restaurant. I’m happy that people are saying lots of positive things. Now that I’ve tried it out myself, I’m really pleased with how things have turned out.
Can we do things better? Of course we can. I think we nailed the core concept though. High-quality sushi, easygoing place.