Mitsuba is a strip mall sushi place, not a $300 a person Omakase in Manhattan, so it can’t be judged on the same standards. On a lunch visit I ordered the Chirishisushi, literally scattered sushi, which consists of sashimi pieces on a bowl of rice rather than individual pieces of nigiri or rolls. This gives you a one-stop test of the quality of both the fish and the rice. The scattered fish included two pieces each of Maguro (tuna), “white tuna,” Hamachi (yellowtail), sake (salmon), Tai (not really Tai but Red Snapper, Kani Kamaboko (fake crab stick that always shows up in California Rolls) and one big Ebi (shrimp) atop a bed of rice with the added bonus of pieces of pickled Daikon. All the fish was fresh and high quality. The dish comes with soup and salad. The miso soup was properly flavorful and hot but a bit shy of the pieces of tofu and seaweed that one normally finds. As far as the salad goes, as far as I can remember, this is the first sushi bar I’ve ever been to that has a salad bar. I put together the traditional salad with ginger dressing, but one could go in a different direction. There is a full bar with beer, wine, sake and hard liquor. A word about service, since I saw some negative comments: although it was admittedly a slow lunch, I found service to be excellent, friendly and quickly responsive. Prices were reasonable and active duty military (there are a number in the area) get 10% off. Again, this is not a Manhattan sushi bar with fish flown in daily from Tokyo, but if you are in Rome, New York and need a sushi fix this is your place.
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