Izushi Japanese Restaurant
980 Blanshard Street
J: Ed told me about this new sushi restaurant on Blanshard that he so desperately wanted to try. But the closer we got to the place the more I knew we were headed in the direction of Yokohama or should I say it's next of kin. Under new ownership and with a new lease on life, Izushi is young with a opening date of June 5th.
The exterior of Izushi was left untouched but there've been a few modifications inside since my last visit to this location nearly a decade ago. I remember fondly of a late evening seating around the sushi bar and enjoying the company of a good woman. But now it was early evening and I was in a booth with someone as far removed from womanhood as could be.
E: I had the same sneaking suspicion as James and that didn't deter me from hoping that things have changed since I was last here. Sadly, nothing has changed from when I reviewed this place under it's former moniker. Even the same bland tastes back then still remains and after the first bite, I knew what I was in for Apple Computer jokes notwithstanding.
The miso arrived and from the smell or lack thereof I knew this was a troubled beginning. Usually the smell of miso alone revitalizes me but this miso was better off being served in a dull grey world because that's how it made me feel.
E: Although what I ordered would've been considered a snack by my standards, no meal is complete unless I have my fish and shrimp. I opted for a Rainbow roll ($9.95) and a Dynamite cone ($6.25) for once, and they hardly popped at all. Some of the flavours were there, but the problem was with the rice. It's always the rice ... there was no aroma or lip-smacking goodness to it.
The blandness made me think I should've gone to Fujiya's instead. I could've bought the same thing for $5 less. What they offer and present there is far better than what iZushi can offer. The iTrend is going to eventually die out and i think this place is going to suffer.
E: In my memories of when I've seen James not finish off a meal, that is just as rare as a blue moon. I think he took at most six bites before he called it quits. One should leave the restaurant with a happy feeling after eating a good meal. Here, we were feeling very meh.
1 Bloke out of 5