I am: a USC alumni an ailurophile acynophilist an oenophile I try to follow the GOLDEN rule.
Single - call me George Clooney!
I went to O-Ku for the first time last night and it definitely will not be the last time. The half-off happy hour prices meant half-off our premium bottle of sake. What a great start! I found a new favorite cold & dry sake with the help of the knowledgeable bar staff. (Tozai Living Jewel brand, but I still love my Bishonen at Sushi Hiro too)
I enjoyed the high-quality sushi cut with skilled precision and seasoned so well I enjoyed the yellowtail carpaccio and toro five ways without insulting it with soy sauce or wasabi. Push both aside and use it on the sushi rice rolls if you must. Neither dish is served with rice or nori and I did not miss either as that is not what these expensive but oh-so-worth-it amuse bouche plates are about.
O-Ku is not cheap but it is all about quality, presentation, freshness and Umami.
Our bartender was pretty and I hate to admit my prejudice that in my past experience at other restaurants, “pretty face” usually meant I got mediocre service and lack of knowledge. So imagine my delight to find that at O-Ku, she not only knew her various premium sakes like the back of her hand but she also had a great knowledge of each dish and served it by explaining each piece of the toro and what seasoning was used on it. I hope the other restaurants read this & realize that the server's knowledge of their food & bev does make a difference to those of us that care about our dining experience. How refreshing not to get an answer back like "um, I don't know, I don't eat that" or "Um, I don't know, I've only been here two weeks" or any answer that implies it's all about them and not the customer.
O-Ku seems to be about quality and not making sure you're so full you have to be rolled out of there. If you want lots of cheap & dyed farmed-fish served with tons of rice & dyed picked ginger, then O-Ku might not be your cup of green tea.
I really ejoyed my O-Ku dining experience and can't wait for my tax refund so I can go back for more. Sushi Hiro, (my other favorite sushi bar) you've got competition!
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I guess that old saying is true, "If you want something done right, do it yourself!"
Not that I agree or disagree with you but Jaxx you had me at "Oooo, me talk pretty one day, too" or @ least had me LMAO!
These comments are cracking me up and it's more enjoyable than the original post, thanks!
I miss B-92 & Kidd K :-(
Jeff, thanks for sharing.
I know it was a sacrifice for you to give up such a hidden jewel. But for those us who live off the West part of Dorchester Road, finding a restaurant that comes close to matching anything downtown or that makes most of their food from scratch are very rare indeed. Too bad the mediocre chain-restaurants aren't a rare site.
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