I decided to have a sushi eat-off today. The competition is between the #1 and #2 highest rated restaurants in Chesapeake, Daikichi Sushi and Yu Mi Sushi. Let me say that I love love love sushi and have had the pleasure of eating sushi all over the US, the Caribbean and Europe. I would guess I have eaten sushi at no less than 100 different sushi restaurants. So I do consider myself a sushi expert when it comes to judging sushi. That said, what I wrote below, I wrote while I was in each of the two sushi restaurants so it was real time feedback. Please excuse the lack of proper English as I was typing on my iPhone.
First up: Daikichi Sushi
Location: easy access to 64 needs more parking because of it's popularity not because of the size of the lot.
Outside: Can't tell much about the place cause it's in a shopping center. Pretty nondescript though.
Inside: I am very impressed with great quality in the finish! I love the interior! The place even smells fresh which is a good sign.
I sat at the sushi bar which seats about 10. Chairs are comfortable and high quality.
Clientèle are up scale business men/women. Place does a lot of business which is always a good sign.
Music: great American classics with a quality sound system and not overbearing volume level.
Green tea: thick, smooth, naturally sweet. Lovely and a must get here.
Miso soup: strong broth base, some of the best I've ever had!
Menu: not a large variety of fish but that may be the secret to their success. They rotate stock like nobodies business.
Tuna roll: as you can see from the pic the tuna was as pink as the pickled ginger but wasn't fishy at all. The rice was on the sweet side which I prefer. A hint of quality wasabi and i give it a 9 out of 10 for the pleasant taste in such a simple roll.
The Daikichi Roll: superb and as good as it gets! The specialty here appear to be the rolls, not sashimi, and they are amazing. I saw a few others go out to tables that looked as good. 10 out of 10.
Real Kikkoman soy sauce not the cheap refill by-the-gallon crap a lot of places use.
Price: $3.50 - $9.00. For the quality you really can't beat this place. Quantity isn't big as some places but their prices are low so it evens out. Just double your order size as I plan to do next time. But for now I don't want to fill up because I still have to hit Yu Mi Sushi.
Overall? I really really love this place! You could have a romantic diner here and I would not be afraid to bring business clientèle here to impress them. This place deserves the #1 ranking it has earned and I will be a regular from now on. Now on to Yu Mi Sushi...
Yu Mi Sushi
Location: kind of far from the highway in a new large strip mall
Outside: can't tell anything cause it's in a strip mall too.
Inside: nice but not nearly as classy as Daikichi. Sushi bar seats 7. About the same seating as Daikichi but more open seating where Daikichi was a surround style seating. Furniture quality was ok but not as good as Daikichi.
Clientele: locals, not dressed up.
Music: traditional Japanese but horrible echoey sound. Was near unbearable. Like a cheap boombox in an auditorium.
Green Tea: similar to Daikichi but watered down. Not bad though.
Menu: huge selection of fish and other sea creatures. Price on average is a bit higher than Daikichi
Free cucumber salad app: sweet slight vinegar and very good. Needs more of that lovely seaweed in it though.
Oh that music is killing me! Just noticed the 40' ceilings and the 6" speakers mounted up high facing up. Paired with the whiny female vocals are the reason I'm perturbed.
Not as busy as Daikichi was but sushi took longer. About 10 minutes longer.
The soy is harsh like those cheaper brands one would buy to refill table bottles. Not accusing... just saying.
Cheap door beads, ugly black light menu and poorly handwritten special boards don't do this place any justice. Lacks the fit and finish of Daikichi.
Tuna roll: dark meat, twice as much as you get at Daikichi but slightly fishy. Too much nori wrapping makes it chewy. By itself no soy or wasabi I give it a 5 out of 10.
Christmas roll: I got this upon recommendation from the server. It's big, $13.00 and pretty good but not great. It's a crab avo roll with more of that slightly fishy tuna. Sweet, crunchy and creamy but not balanced. Nice mouth feel though. I give it a 7 out of 10.
The rice is here is not sweet... or anything really. Almost tasteless. The food presentation is probably the best thing about this place.
The service was OK. I wasn't neglected but the entire experience felt sort of cold and methodical.
My check is almost twice as much as Daikichi. Not really impressed with this place. I won't be back.
Between Daikichi and Yu Mi?
Daikichi hands down. More classy, you could have a romantic dinner there, and better value. Even though the portions are smaller they are cheaper and taste much better. The (owners?) chefs were amazingly polite at Daikichi. The staff at Yu Mi were indifferent. Attentive but not warm.
Does Daikichi deserve the #1 restaurant in Chesapeake badge. So far, yes they do. Does Yu Mi Sushi deserve the number two spot? See my review on their page.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.