They got it down. Consistently good sushi and sandwiches! The best tuna I've had in the midwest and very close to the stuff I had in California last summer. Love the paninis and their soups are the best I think they are all homemade...no way they are frozen. Service has always been good to awesome depending on the time of day you go. They are packed on the weekends and at lunch so don't go with a group over 6 unless you can wait. Martinis from The Stuffed Olive are worth every penny! Try the Chocolate Bliss Martini:) I have only tried the lamb chops and seared tuna off the tapas menu but they were both amazing! Only complaint is that there are three menus; tapas, sushi and deli which makes it hard to decide what to eat when there is so much to choose from. Soho is my all time favorite place to eat and The Stuffed Olive which is attached might be the nicest bar on Main Street. Great atmosphere in both places too.
Not so good Sushi in middle-America. Some places look good online, and they pass the menu browse test. But when it comes down to it, and you're sitting with a plate in front of you, disappointment sets in. So was my experience at SOHO Sushi. It's marketed as a New York style deli with California flare sushi. The decor and ambiance meet expectations and fit well in the refinished cozy downtown. The restaurant is attached to an intriguing hotel, but I'm not staying there, so I won't explore it here. Service was respectable, but I came for an early dinner to avoid a rush that I don't think happens outside of the school year. I started out with a beer and some miso soup. As I spooned through the miso, I immediatedly noticed generously-sized bits of tofu, scallions, and portabello mushroom slices. My tastebuds were anxiously bursting. Whoa, I'm getting ahead of myself. I forgot to mention that just before getting my soup, I was reserved to the fact that my experience was gonna be bad. As I sat down at the raw bar, there was no sushi chef on staff. The fresh stock of sushi behind glass was a meager quartet of eel, salmon, tuna & yellowtail. Each looked less than fresh and only a piece the size of deck of cards remained. I didn't see raw fish for my usual order. But this miso, oh, it made me feel like there was hope. As I spooned the soup, teasing myself with massive chunks of fungi and soycurd, I noticed a subtle hazy quality in the broth. My first taste was mainly mushroom, and it was good. But as I made my way into the broth, I could tell it was from a powdered mix. And it was missing about 3 parts water, making it so salty it was inedible. For sushi, I had the 'Spicy Sampler.' This was 4 pieces of 4 different specialty maki (rolled sushi). I don't know where they got the tuna that I found in my maki, but it had a better color than the tuna on display, and the rolls were so-so: not so spicy, not so bad or as disappointing as they could be. I've had better sushi in a grocery store.
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