Having been seduced by about a dozen ads that the owners of this place run practically everywhere in this city by the mountains, my partner and I have finally ventured out and visited Manga Sushi. Once again, Almaty and sushi don't really go together - no matter how much the enterprising Kazakh nouveau riche try to be on top of every trend in the world, at the same time, attempting to transplant them (the Kazakh style) onto the land that was roamed by their nomadic ancestry...
I immediately began turning the pages of a menu looking for my favourite hamachi... It was nowhere to be found. About 80% of Manga Sushi's suchi are laiden with cream cheese. The selection of fish is minimal and dominated by salmon (smoked and fresh). The sesame seeds that they use so generously (no shortage of them here in Central Asia) and wakame have gone beyond their expiration date, which gives the dishes the moldy taste.
The only silver lining in this city of overpriced and substandard restos is the pricing of Manga Sushi - it is reasonable. In fact, it IS very popular among students of nearby colleges. The design and atmosphere is pretty hip.
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