I heart sushi. It’s up there as one of my favorite meals. For awhile now, I’ve been boasting that Pacific East gets my vote for favorite local place for sushi. And when the restaurant owners decided to open a second location in Eton, just a few miles from my house, I was downright giddy. So imagine my delight when Shinano, another popular sushi restaurant, closed its Richmond location and relocated to Solon. Now, my house is right smack in the middle of Pacific East and Shinano. For a sushi lover, this is ideal.
A few weeks ago, we made the super short trek to Solon to check out Shinano on behalf of Metromix. I’ve been to the Richmond location several times (and even more for takeout), so I knew the sushi would be satisfying, but what about the other items? Aside from the sushi, I’ve never given the menu a second look and was eager to dive in and try the non-sushi specialties.
You can read the whole store here. The short of it is, we will be back, but just for the rolls. The other items we tried were disappointing. In fact, the curry rice left such a bad taste in my mouth, it took several glasses of milk when I got home to erase (plus the dish itself is not appealing to the eye). Now I’m sure there are some stand outs, and to be fair, it’s not like we tried every single item. But in my opinion, sushi is their specialty and that suits me just fine.
Other low lights included the service and decor. I’ve heard from several people now that they too had poor service and I have now twice. Don’t get me wrong, service is super friendly, just super slow – with food, the check and picking up plates. I asked if the staff was all new and was told it’s mostly the same from the previous location, so no excuse there. As for the decor, truthfully, I wasn’t expecting much so it’s really not all that disappointing. Overall, the restaurant is very clean and neat, just on the cold and stale side.
But again, if it’s good sushi you’re craving, you will get it here. But in the end, Pacific East still retains my vote (but it’s nice to have options).