Just moved in from NYC a few months ago and have been surfing chowhound NJ looking for a legitimate sushi place but am coming up empty. I’ve since been introduced to this site and it seems much better than ch.
I’m looking for a sushi place where its owner and sushi chef is Japanese and trained extensively in Japan. Sushi is not what most think. It’s not an easy thing where you simply get sushi rice, slice the freshest fish on top, and call it a day… If you do eat sushi with never frozen fish (especially salmon), please get yourself checked for parasites and worms. For the fish, it’s more about the know-how and treatment of the seafood and how to defrost/prepare the fish properly. The main star of the show is actually the rice. It’s about balance and perfect execution.
Anything like this in NJ or do these chefs exclusively open up in the city for foot traffic, reputation, and profit margins? Even in the city there are so many opportunists who open up places that either cater to general tso’s equivalent philly rolls, etc… While there’s certainly a market for fast food I’m looking for the real deal.
Is Shumi (response I got from ch) the one and only place?