100 meters after you drive off the asphalt of the coastal highway and begin your bumpy ride into the heart of Dominical, you will pass Domincal Sushi on the left hand side of the road. This restaurant used to be in the same building with the Restaurant/Bar Que Nivel and you can read some reviews of it there as well...but it was never part of Que Nivel.
Apart from great Sushi: always fresh, always visibly appealing, and always served with a smile, there is a charm to this place that is beyond a normal Sushi experience. A little history may shed some light on it. The restaurant was opened originally by a 25 year old surfer dude who attended the restaurant in a surfer dude fashion. He was well trained, having worked in a top end Sushi restaurant in the US, but it was more of a delicatessen sushi being inexpensive, quick and bright...and open when it was convenient to be open.
Then, the surfer dude had to move on so he sold the restaurant to a gringa who toned the lights down, raised the prices, and made a respectable but un-notable run with it. At that time, there was a local Tico bartender in Que Nivel, Jota (pronounced "hota"), whose wife Rosio began working the tables and making some of the sushi. Quickly she was in charge and after maybe a couple of years, this Costa Rican couple managed to obtain the restaurant for themselves. Immediately, the decor changed to classy, prices dropped notably, and service became reliably excellent. The food at this time was excellent, but the choices were limited. I guess Rosio hadn't learned too many options. That was about 3 years ago.
But over time came a transformation as Jota and Rosio began to have success. Instead of riding lazily on the success (as so many businesses seem to do here in Costa Rica) they embraced it with a studied approach to new food options, always improving decor, and always improving basic infrastructure like tables, sound and video.
They are now up to probably a 75% full menu (meaning there are still some rare choices they don't offer), but they have some decidedly individual choices that they either invented or found in places I've never been; delicious and beautiful in delivery. More importantly, on standard dished, they have perfected some of them beyond the expected. Without a doubt they have the best miso soup you will ever taste.
Finally, they moved the restaurant out of the shadow of Que Nivel and moved to the center of town. They now have more space and a finer experience without the competing music from the Que Nivel bar next door. I can say, without a doubt, it will be one of the finest Sushi experiences you can have and will be cooked and served by Costa Rican locals!
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