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Friday, November 09, 2007

Speaking of sushi...

So you've probably already read John Kiesewetter's story about red snapper being misidentified as the (much cheaper) tilapia at local sushi restaurants. The full story will air Monday on "Inside Edition." Of course, mislabeling fish isn't anything new by suppliers. The U.S. catfish industry took notice when Vietnamese marketed basa fish (another mighty bottom dweller) under the name "catfish." The Chicago Tribune reported mislabeling of red snapper back in 2004. It really goes back to knowing your suppliers, and I'd like to believe that our local sushi spots aren't intentionally duping anyone - just passing along what they are provided from suppliers. Call me naive.

Anyway - are you a red snapper aficionado? Can you tell the difference between snapper and tilapia?

And tell us - what are you favorite sushi restaurants in the area? In a pinch, I always enjoy Asiana on Edwards Road (though they do great Thai food as well, which I'd rather be eating). But I need to get back to Matsuya in Florence. Even moreso than the newer, upscale Miyoshi in Florence (sorry, I don't need squid entrails) and longstanding Jo An Japanese in Erlanger (which is always solid), Matsuya is down-to-earth, no fuss, no muss - and very reasonably priced.

Where do you go for your maguro?


at 11:34 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife and I are regulars at Tokyo Japan in Sharonville. We've been to most others in the area and think they have the best fish and some great prices to boot. Their two main sushi chefs are artists and will make specialy sushis that are not on the menu, just ask (Pink Lady is one of our favorites).

Beluga is over priced and just a place to be seen in my opinion. Since we're married, we don't need to "be seen" 8-)

Dancing Wasabi is very good and I like the ambiance there. Friendly owner too.

Ando, on Pfeiffer road, is excellent. Very fresh, great sushi chef (I'm pretty sure he's the owner too).

Mei, in Montgomery, is also excellent.

Sake Bomb was just OK the one time we went there.

The only one in Kentucky I've been to is Jo An and they've always been great.

Asiana is one of my favorite restaurants. So cozy. I go for lunch quite often and get the Pad Thai. I have had sushi there and it's quite good. A great restaurant on a cold/dreary day.

So yes, we eat sushi quite a bit 8-) and will sometimes get take out from Wild Oats or Fresh Market, both very good. Whenever we are on vacation we usually try to find a good sushi restaurant (as well as a local staple and a brewpub).

Sorry for the long post..but you did ask!


at 11:58 AM Blogger Julie Gaw said...

Thanks Steve! That's awesome! I've never even heard of Tokyo Japan. Not too far from home, so I'll have to check it out. Same w/ Ando. I haven't tried much takeout sushi beyond Trader Joe's (total mush - yuck!), though I do love the sushi from Party Source in Bellevue!

at 1:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matusya. But don't tell too many people. We like its off-the-beaten track location and ambiance. I have the sushi but my favorite is the salted grilled mackerel dinner.

at 1:54 PM Anonymous Julie said...

Julie, Trader Joe's is awful (the only thing I've ever purchased there that I didn't like), but Kroger's in Hyde Park and Keller's IGA in clifton both have really great take-out sushi.

I went to Sake Bomb last night for dinner, and it was very good. The bearcat roll was to die for.

at 2:17 PM Blogger Schottzie03 said...

The little store next to Matsuya does take-out sushi, if you're in the area...

And I agree, keep it quiet...it is 100% ON my beaten path!

The Korean BarBQ place off of the I-75 KY18 exit has pretty good sushi. Who woulda thought Florence would become such a sushi mecca?

at 2:20 PM Blogger Schottzie03 said...

And...the Teak in Mt. Adams has always been a solid choice for me.
Although I can be tempted away from the sushi by their padthai and spring rolls, or I can just do them all.

at 2:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kyoto in Symmes Township has great sushi and other wonderful dishes as well

at 3:22 PM Anonymous julie said...

Schottzie, the korean BBQ place is fantastic-- for sushi. The BBQ is only so-so (and terribly overpriced).

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