So, two Italians walk into a Japanese restaurant on St. Patrick’s Day. Oh, it’s no joke. See, when the urge for sushi hits you, it’s nearly impossible to shake it even if it was St. Patty’s Day. Yeah, we should’ve been eating corn beef and cabbage and throwing back some beers.
We wanted to try a new sushi spot, so Danny threw out the idea of Sushi X II: a sushi lover’s paradise that is all you can om nom for $19.99 or $21.95 on weekends. Immediately, I resisted. Sushi…all you can eat? Um, yeah, I wasn’t convinced it would be any good. But, I felt daring and adventurous so I agreed. After all, we had to be lucky, it was St. Patty’s Day.
How it Works
You can order all you can eat sushi from their paper menus or you can even order a la carte (or 品料理 in Japanese – yeah, we can copy and paste from Google translator, what?) off the kitchen menu. If you’re lame, you order a la carte. If you’re awesome, you order all you can eat:
1) There are two paper menus that you can order from. Start by writing the number of each appetizer that you would like. For example, if you want two crab wontons, write “2.” Give your choices to your server.
2) Pick up the sushi menu and circle your order of sushi, sashimi, rolls, and speciality rolls. Give that bad boy in to the server.
Space it out however you’d like, but don’t take more than you can eat. First of all, it’s a waste, but second of all, they’ll charge you for whatever you have left on your plate at the end. We actually like that they do that so we were sure to finish everything on our plates. Aw, our moms are so proud of us!
They’ve got salad, sushi appetizers, more appetizers, fried goodness, soup, and teriyaki dishes. We went with some spring rolls, shumai, crab wontons, bbq ribs, and bbq squid. The crab wontons were cream cheese-erific, had bits of crab, were not too crispy–a nice start to the meal. The shumai was also great, but the same can’t be said about the bbq squid. The flavors from the sauce were too overpowering and it came out tough and hard to chew. The bbq ribs were similar, kind of tough and dry. They were the kind of ribs that you needed to literally tear apart, not fall off the bone with a light tug like they should be. So, half of the apps were good, half weren’t. But, you go to a sushi palace to get sushi, not just apps, right?
Now, the sushi. The fish here tasted fresh, smelled fresh and looked good too. If you just want to try some fish, order some sashimi to get some slabs of yumminess. If you want a bit more, you can order from the sushi portion of the menu. If you like more of a flavor and texture mixture, stick with the rolls and specialty rolls. We had some white tuna and red snapper sashimi and a peanut avocado roll because we were feeling HUNgry. All the rolls were actually pretty decent, but our favorite was the Winter Roll. It had mango, cucumber, and avocado, topped with spicy crabmeat, crunch, and mango sauce. The contrast of flavors and textures is what made this roll so great. As for which rolls you should pick, that’s a personal matter that we need not pry into. I, for example, will not have any eel or eel sauce because the texture freaks me out. But, you, ya weirdos, might like it. hehe I kid.
If you’ve got a serious hankering for whale-portioned amounts of sushi, this is the spot to hit up. You’ll pay one flat rate, pick out your apps and pick out how you’d like your sushi. Granted, some of the appetizers can be avoided, but some of them are good. You’d be wise to try a great variety of sushi and rolls rather than some of the apps. Yes, this isn’t going to be the most amazing sushi that you’ve had (it’s no Fin for example) but for the price and the portions it’s actually decent. Shockingly.
Sushi X II
Address: 109 Atlantic Street
Phone: (203) 327-6888