~Review for Sushi Bar only~
Came here the other night with a friend that raved about the place. Husband and I kept it simple and ordered Tempura Udon ($8.95), Tekka Maki (cut tuna roll, $4.50), and Spider Roll (soft shell crab, $7.50).
The udon wasn't bad at all! The shrimp was fresh, but the breading could have been less dense and fluffier, but at least they gave us 2. There have been some places that don't even give 2 pieces of shrimp tempura, and even some that just take regular shrimp and fry it! So not cool, so I was happy that Sagano gave two whole shrimp. It's the small things. :)
Moving on, to me, the broth in any noodle soup is what makes a dish. If it's flat in flavor or is over salted, the meal really suffers. However, to my surprise, the broth was pretty flavorful. I liked the fact that the broth was not straight up soy sauce, but did have bonito flakes (even if it's instant) and some vinegar. The added scallions and kameboko was a nice touch to the noodle soup. The noodles were nothing to go celebrate over, but it wasn't overly salty. A little overcooked, as I like my noodles more chewy, but not bad at all.
Once we finished our noodle soup, our rolls came. The tekka maki was made so-so, the rice and fish proportion was not consistent through all 6 pieces, but the freshness in the fish and the acidity added to the sushi rice was pretty good. Seaweed wrapper was a little salty, and it wasn't wrapped all the way around. The spider roll was surprisingly small, with only 5 pieces. Normally, spider roll will have more crab legs, but here, there were only 2, so that was a little disappointing. However, the maki was tightly rolled and the flavor were tasty and balanced. I just wish there were 3 more pieces like how I'm used to!
Service was pretty good and attentive. Staff seems free-spirited and laid back. The sushi chefs looked focused at crafting their makis, though I wish the technique could be more consistent. Overall, we had a nice time here, and would come back to try other noodle dishes and sushi rolls. If you're looking for a wide variety of creative rolls, this place is worth giving it a shot. I'm sure you'll find something!
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