Great place! I must say it is a bit pricey; to a level of sushi place in NYC, yet it is worth it. Everything about the place is great. The outside sitting offers a nice view of people walking around St. Augustine. We arrived around 7 pm and there were very few people at the restaurant. The waiter was very friendly and had very good recommendations. My only regret in that sense, that I ignored what he suggested drink-wise and got my own. He was right and I was wrong. Oh, well! The only minor negative point was getting a wine glass which did not seem clean enough, however it was addressed in such a professional manner, that it was forgotten next second. I only mention this as it did in fact occurred, yet I cannot lower the rating for such a trivial thing. Those things happen everywhere and the true significance of that is how they are dealt with.
Lobster Rangoon for appetizer was delicious! It was creamy enough not to suppress the actual lobster flavor. Only one suggestion about it was the actual fried wonton. It was a little bit too thick for such a delicate flavor, so if you take a piece, do not bite all of the dough. Just leave some, so you could fully appreciate the lobster and the cream stuffing.
The miso soup was exactly what one might expect. It is very easy to overpower that soup with salty taste or dilute it too much to a point of “miso drink,” so when I get a bowl of perfect balance I truly appreciate those few components. So again, it a simple miso soup, yet the perfect proportions make it into a very enjoyable meal opening!
Now getting to the 2 rolls I had: “The Spy” and “Martin Solo.” For what do we look in sushi? Fresh ingredients and the right amount of rice for the amount of fish we are served. Everything else is up to chef’s imagination as long as nothing suppresses the taste of fish. That is perfectly achieved at this restaurant. The fish is so fresh, it almost dissolves by itself. Again, my only suggestion is for “Martin Solo” and it is to cut the cucumber into little, thin strings as opposed to a wedge like cut. With the latter, the crunchiness of such a “large” piece is a bit overpowering when put against other tender ingredients. Having thin strings would bring into the roll the perfect balance of tenderness and crunchiness. Again, this is a personal preference and in no way is a negative reflection on the Chef, who is, by the way, a very pleasant man. We had an opportunity to thank his for the delicious dinner when he was closing the restaurant.
The last thing, I believe needs to be mentioned, is the interaction with the owner, who in a very nice and not intruding way was making sure that everything is perfect and whether it was to our satisfaction. His name will not be mentioned as I do not know whether he is ok with that or not. He is a very nice and pleasant man. Having a conversation with him not only did not take away from experiencing “a romantic dinner for two,” but actually added to the overall positive experience.
So, if you are willing to pay a bit extra for a delicious meal, you should consider “Spy.”
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