We tried this place over the memorial day weekend. Ever since I saw that Yelp newsletter about the Japanese sushi places around Seattle that Wednesday before, I cannot stop but thinking about sashimi. That evening I stopped by H-Mart on the way home to pick up some Salmon. Sadly Salmon is only thing they’ve got. I was hoping for Uwajimaya’s selection, but needless to say I was disappointed, and my craving was not satisfied.
By the time weekend rolls around, my craving is getting out of control. Sadly the little place that I really like in Issaquah has closed down. I wonder if I recommended too many people to go there or too little? They are just like Musashi’s in Wallingford, only without the line, and better ambiance. All in all it was my favorite little hidden gem. Cry….
So we first stopped off at Musashi’s around 8pm, and there was still a line outside of the door wrapped around the corner. Alright, I was dying for some good sashimi, so urbanspoon on Iphone came to the rescue. I remember reading good review about this place, Tsukushinbo, on yelp. The reviews say they are best kept secret, cozy, family run, and authentic, best deal, etc… and one reviewer even say that this is their default dinner place, and his wife had to fight with him every other time to go somewhere else… Well, the reviews weren’t entirely wrong, it was cozy, it was family run, and authentic? maybe. Best deal? definitely NOT!!!
We got there around 8:30pm, and had to fight with a older Japanese ladies group for the door since we already lost the parking spot to them… then waited at the door for about 5 minutes before anyone care to let us know that they’ll be cleaning the tables soon, so that we can sit down. Already dying for food, we sat down at the bar. Another 10 minutes went by before the only waitress came and took our order. She seem very strange. She had to stand on the right side of us, and far away, but then she cannot hear what I was saying, so I have to repeat couple times. Geez, I don’t have cooties… Another half an hour went by before our dinner arrived. Chirashi was exactly 9 skinny piece of shashimi, yes, I counted, it was exactly 9 piece, the skinniest that I’ve ever seen, think of Nigiri, yes, that’s the thickness… This is probably only 1/3 of the size of the Chirashi at Musashi’s… Oh, how I remember I couldn’t even finish the fish at Musashi’s…and the bento box, could you find another piece of cod that’s possibly smaller? They are the size of half of my palm. Maneki’s $6.99 black cod was much much MUCH bigger, and that’s three pieces, people. The food is alright, nothing exceptional.
$50 later, my stomach is as empty as my wallet. I’d definitely take my wallet and stomach else where for some decent service, and a fuller meal. What were those people yelping about?