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“Love for fish”

Gingi Sushi Sashimi
Ranked #652 of 8,291 Restaurants in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Prenzlauer Berg
Description: http://maps.google.nl/maps?hl=nl&tab=wl
Laren, The Netherlands
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122 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Love for fish”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Picked because of the good ratings, I enjoyed an excellent, slightly different, Japanese meal, that started with sashimi (of dorade, of red fish), followed by small bites of salmon and delicious gyozu of shrimp (Japanese dumplings), and "inside out" sushi that contained river eal. The choice of wine was limited, but the quality was fine. Prices were very reasonable (or should I say cheap, we payed 63 euros for a meal, two large bottles of sparkling water and six glasses of wine). On top of all this, the owner is an intriguing charmer. Well, who could resist?

  • Visited November 2012
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
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English first
2 reviews
“Home sweet home!”
Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

Searching that place for half on an hour finally founded; when we get inside seems having dinner at home; everything was so comfortable and the chef was so kind. We asked him to prepare us what he wanted and it was the best choice!excellent japanese food (something never tryied before).

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Paris, France
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28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Fantastic sashimi and excellent service with a bad twist”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

First time: we book, we go, we order. While we wait, a first-floor neighbour with a balcony overlooking the restaurant tables waters his/her plants with absolutely no regard for whoever's underneath. Net result: it copiously rains on us. We call the waitress: as I am Italian, I would have expected her to have a scathing row with the obnoxious neighbour (that would be OUR standard reaction - it would yield strictly nothing but the feeling of satisfaction at having shouted at an enemy). Instead, she goes "oh! ah!", has an inspiring idea (clearly visible by the balloon with a bulb floating over her head), grabs an unobtrusive remote control, and extends a motorized awning that covers us from further "rain". She smiles from ear to ear and invites us to take our seats again. This is my reason for stating the service is beyond the call of duty.

The 16EUR menu (excluding drinks) is fantastic. Excellent rolls, the best sashimi I had in a long while (mackerel sashimi is usually marinated, as it goes off really fast, but this wasn't! it was FRESH, unmarinated mackerel! and there's few better servings than a fresh mackerel sashimi), a rich salad and other goodies that I can't remember offhand.

Second time: it's 17:30, and, inspired by the very successful first visit, we've been waiting 20 minutes for Gingi to open. It does, we scoot inside (it's empty, apart from the Turkish-looking sushika), take a seat in front of the sushi bar, and start ordering sashimi (in English, as our German is poor). The sushika immediately interrupts us, blurting out aggressive and final-sounding spurts of German from which I make out that he only bought enough raw fish to serve *exactly* those guests who have reserved in advance. I repeat, the place is absolutely empty, it's 17:30, and we only wanted a snack, no more. True, we hadn't reserved, but heck, who needs a reservation for an afternoon snack at a nondescript Japanese restaurant just off the Prenzlauer Berg? Besides, even so, he could have politely turned us down, perhaps pretending to be sorry, instead of practically kicking us out.

In summary, go there, but reserve first, and hope to find the Japanese-looking sushika rather than the Turkish-looking one.

  • Visited August 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The best Sushi place in Berlin!”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

It is a small place and you might think this can't be as good as everybody says. But believe me, you will never ever want to eat sushi elsewhere. Gingi is mad about sushi. And you will be too. This food just makes you happy. And when can you say things like that?

  • Visited October 2011
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Sashimi”
Reviewed July 8, 2011

This is a very small place. The service is sometimes lacking, but it is worth it. The sashimi is very fresh and the springroll with fresh peanut sauce was amazing. We came for the sashimi, but ordered a mixed platter that included sushi rolls. The rolls were well porportioned of filling to rice. From our research, we could not find a lot of high-end sushi restaurant's in Berlin. This place is very casual, but the sushi is high-quality.

  • Visited July 2011
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