Friday, July 18, 2003

Okoze:Restaurant

Last night it was too hot to cook and we really weren't that hungry so we went to a new sushi place right around the corner on Union at Hyde--Okoze. Very chic, contemporary Japanese interior in rich earth tones with lots of dark wood, some luxurious textile hangings and most importantly GREAT sushi. Some unusual things like the Golden Dinosaur, a tempura style "sandwich" made of fried shiso leaves with a layer of uni. Super fresh fish, everything was divine including some unusual presentations, the scallop sushi came with some kind of caviar on top? and white tuna belly sashimi with a ponzu sauce, scallion, shredded radish and shiso leaf. Excellent ratio of fish to rice.

The sushi chef/owner is Jason, who hails from Osaka and was most recently at Ebisu out in the avenues; he has been in the US for 3 years, sushi chef for 15 years. Jason told us how he scours the market for what's best and shops for fresh fish every single day. Expensive, but what do you expect? Move over Sushi Groove!