This place is best of the best. Disregard any bad reviews. I makes me angry to see such stupid negative reviews about this place.
If you want to experience the best of the best, then you found the place. If you are concerned with price, you should do yourself a favor and skip this place. Our experience at Mizutani was truly an unforgettable and extraordinary experience.
Let me start off by telling you that you should not arrive late, be on time. Do some research on basic Japanese etiquette and on how to eat sushi. It's not that difficult, trust me. Be respectful to their culture, remember you are in their country, and as such, you should have consideration for their culture and traditions. (PERIOD)
Also, I must mention that this place IS NOT, I repeat, IT IS NOT IN THE SUBWAY STATION. It might have been at one point but as of this April 2012, I found it on the 9th floor of a building.
You will have a set menu and you should get about 12 pieces. You will start off with sashimi, then on to sushi and finish off with tamago. (and for God's sake, tamago is not supposed to be dipped in soy sauce, it's a dessert!!!) You will feel full by the 9th one. Once we were done, we found it very difficult to move.
Everything Mr. Mizutani gives you, you will love, even if they are things that you didn't like before or would normally eat. We hated uni, but did not dare refuse it when it was put in front of us. We simply looked at each other and ate it. And.... it was absolutely incredibly delicious! It was creamy, custard like in texture and even a little sweet. It was just fantastic. I've had uni before in good top restaurants in the past but never like it. This was an eye opener for me.
We had many other things, like: Aji (wow) toro (will blow your mind), red-shelled clam, Kuruna, and hamaguri..oh all so good. They will hand you and little pamphlet of what it is that you are having. And you will be amazed, every single time!
Skip this place if you aren't prepared to pay the price, it's expensive and they do not take credit card, but if you didn't bring enough cash, his helper will gladly escort you to the nearest ATM.
I recommend this place to anyone in search for excellent/extraordinary sushi. And I must clarify about a coment about this place not having ambiance: yes, there is ambiance! don't expect music and dancing but we meet three very wonderful couples, we chatted laughed and even Mr. Mizutani was laughing. I had an amazing time! He even met me in the back and took a picture with me. I think he was awesome!
If you ever read this, Mr. Mizutani: thank you for the memorable experience.
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