My family (wife and two foodie teens) had read reviews, concerned about service issues but taking a chance, nonetheless. We entered the restaurant when it was about 40% full. The hibachi-Benihana-type tables were empty. When we asked about sitting at a hibachi table, we were told we would have to wait 90 minutes. Since we were on the fence about hibachi and sushi, we didn't ask why there was a long delay. I speculated that Oishi prefers to serve the hibachi tables when they are full (I overheard a server mention a party was coming in later for the hibachi).
We were promptly seated and given menus. The waitress was very patient in describing the sushi assortment on the Love Boat platter. No problem with substitutions. We ordered gyoza chicken dumpling appetizers, shrimp tempura appetizer, the Love Boat and a spider roll.
The gyoza wrappers were apparently deep-fried with light and crispy wrappers but almost tasteless filling. The sushi on the Love Boat, however, were among the best we've ever had. Even the mackerel's aroma, appearance, texture and flavor made it seem as if it was just caught and sliced that day. The tuna and salmon melted in our mouths. The additional spider roll-- softshell crab tempura, avocado, smelt roe, scallion and eel sauce--placed on board the boat was the star of the meal. The shrimp tempura batter was light and free of oil.
Incidentally, our gyoza came in about 10 minutes. The boat and tempura arrived about 15 minutes after. A little on the slow side, but not totally unacceptable, for sushi prep.
We had only water to drink (the restaurant served Florida tap water, which smells and tastes terrible to us tourists. The restaurant should serve filtered water). Our bill was $72. Contrary to other reviews, Oishi did not add on any tip.
Bottom line: We would go back but avoid the gyoza.
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