Submitted by: Allan M.; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007 Date Submitted: December 17, 2010

Name: Marumi Sushi
Address: 8271 W Sunrise Blvd Plantation,  FL 33322
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: Look this place up on the Internet and you’ll see this is  hit-or-miss right down the middle. The reviews are either love it or hate it  with the best reviews from 2008 and the worst from 2009/2010.  Its tucked away  in a shopping center in Plantation that most people will miss and drive right  by, run by 2 Japanese chefs, one of which that used to work at Hiro’s  Yakko-san, with minimal decor but an O.K. sake selection. There known for their  fish-any-way preparation where they take a fish in season and prepare it a few  ways. The prices seem reasonable for some items, steep for others.

I went there for the first time with a large group that raved about this place and were personal friends of the owner. The chef
gave us  his recommendations. The Crispy Bok Choi, Fish in Chili Sauce and the Dynamite  rolls were all deep-fried in the same oil, which tasted like the tray hadn’t  been cleaned out and the oil wasn’t hot enough. The sushi were either sauce  with rolls (not joking – The Dynamite looked like a huge plate of baby vomit)  or rolls with limp dry fish (the Rainbow and Tuna with Cilantro rolls looked  and tasted like roadkill).

Both the chicken teriyaki and salad were swimming in  sauce – it was like the chef just gave us different sauces and threw sushi
rolls or stuff in it. All of the sushi and entrees went unfinished except for  the edamame and shumai. Some of us ordered individual sushi and literally got  one piece of sushi with the netta the size of a
quarter.

Why a restaurant would give return customers/fans such a poor showing and not the signature fish-any-way or more sushi is beyond me.


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Submitted by: Allan M.; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007   Date Submitted: December 17, 2010

Name: Japanese Market
Address: 1412 79th Street Cswy North Bay Village, FL 33141
URL: http://www.japanese-market.com/
Review Type: Business (Asian Market)

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Review: It’s a rather large supermarket with a wide assortment of kitchen-stuffs, dry goods and numerous foodstuffs. The fridges are stocked with both frozen and fresh goodies and the supermarket gets Asian vegetables in twice a month (call ahead to be sure). There’s also a periodical/book section, an alcohol section and the well known sushi bar/restaurant area run by the owner and daughter.

This supermarket has been here for a number of years and the owner is well established in the area. As often happens in this situation, the location can either gain in reputation or go downhill, and I have to say the later seems evident. The owner has been steadily raising his prices, even on sauces and Asian items found in other Asian supermarkets or your nearby Publix (even in the month I visited twice). Present and former customers have said the sushi quality and size has been decreasing and the owner has been less than polite to other customers when a native Japanese is present (talks more, bigger portions). So far I’ve eaten there twice, saw the rudeness once and the fish quality was far better, yet much smaller, than most Thai/sushi places everywhere in South Florida.


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Submitted by: Allan M..; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007   Date Submitted: December 17, 2010

Name: Sasaya Japanese Market
Address: 1956 E Sunrise Blvd. (GATEWAY SHOPPING CENTER)Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
URL: http://www.sasayajapanese.com/
Rating Type: Business (Asian Market)

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Review:  They have a nice assortment of Japanese kitchen basics on the shelves and in the fridges. The sushi counter is packed everyday at lunch and a steady stream of to-go orders, which is funny because there is a Japanese restaurant 3 stores down, so you know this place is doing something right. I sampled the combo plate to test the chef (and watched him make it) – the sashimi was well cut; nice assortment of fresh and frozen, and the sushi was well done also. Hamachi was great and salmon was melt in your mouth. I didn’t try the rolls – not my thing. Miso soup was as authentic as it gets! I had a nice chat with the couple that ran the place. They were very polite and friendly.


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