Sushi Kaji had been on our list for a long time- years, years that it had been on best of lists. Having been to Shoushin and Yasu, we were psyched guessing what we had in store for us. Those two were relatively new on the scene compared to Sushi Kaji.
We went with the third option, assuming we would get the best of the best from the kitchen. Plus you can’t go wrong with wagyu beef. Or so we thought. Things were off to a great start, the plum wine was sweet and delicious. I enjoyed the beef carpaccio, but I agree, the meat on its own was bland. You needed a bite with a piece of the arugula and grainy mustard. There were bites with too much arugula. It was not a well-balanced dish overall. Things only went downhill from there. The sashimi was unremarkable, the best part of it being the wasabi. The wagyu beef was a total letdown. It was boiled and served hot-pot style with a soft boiled egg on the side. We were to stir the egg, mixing the yolk and white… and then dip the beef in it. It was too rich and I opted for no egg, leaving with me with salty but tasteless beef. The best part of the dish being the mushrooms.
Why were we served all these dishes before the sushi?! By the time it came to sushi, I was getting full. And I was not happy. My mood soon turned, can’t go wrong with soft shell crab. But after that it was just another series of hits and misses. The mackerel was good, the eel was bad. I was so confused. Eel is always good! This one was unevenly cooked, bony and mealy. Were we in an upside-down reverse world, where I prefered mackerel to eel?! Adding to the dour mood, for some of the sushi pieces we were told to eat them WITH soy sauce. Obviously we refused.
Dessert was better than expected. For some reason we were each given a different dessert, even though we ordered the same menu. The yuzu sorbet was way better than the fruit with vanilla ice cream.
All in all it was quite the let-down. One of our worst meals of 2019. And so shocking given our previous experiences with this culinary style and all of the accolades. What happened?!