“Not bad ... But there are better places close by”
I'm probably one of the best people to review this restaurant for a couple of reasons. I recently lost 54 pounds, but I struggle with my food addiction every day. As such, when I treat myself to a new restaurant, I want to make the most of the experience, because I am limited as to how often I can do this. Second, sushi is my absolute favorite food. Ok, on to the review. The atmosphere is fine for this type of a restaurant. The staff is very friendly. But we are here for the food. There is a decent variety of sushi and cooked foods. Nothing too extravagant, but a nice selection. I think I tried a little of everything. The food is not bad in any way, but there was also nothing remarkable about anything I tried. The flavors were pleasant, but absolutely nothing jumped out at me and said 'go get some more of this'. The one word I would use to describe the flavors is 'Flat'. The steak was unseasoned and flat. The sushi was properly assembled, but the flavor was flat. The cooked foods (Portobello mushrooms, chicken parm, cooked salmon, etc.) were all just 'ok'. I didn't feel the desire to go back for seconds on any of it. I tried the lobster bisque soup and found that it needed some salt and maybe needed to be thicker. My wife makes a delicious tomato soup, and the bisque resembled that. No too lobstery though. One thing that I got a sense of was that the flavors and the presentations were very 'buffet like'. Yes, it is a buffet, but if you were to visit Shinju in Coral Springs, you would see the colors and smells and abundance in the food presentation. At Shinju, the flavors are distinct and memorable. Here at Santos, nothing stands out. As I write this, I recall that at the sushi section, there are labels in front of each area of sushi, however, there is one dish in front and another behind it. It is not clear which dish the label is for. A little confusing. The one really good thing we enjoyed was the deserts. There are a few very delicious choices.
Bottom line is, this is a nice place, with decent food. I think that a much better choice for the same price and same style of food is Shinju on University Drive in Coral Springs. I may visit Santos again, but only if I am in the area and don't feel like driving the 6 miles to Shinju.
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