Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bistro Ginza, Where Sushi is Fancy Again

Sandwiched between fast food joints in the strip mall wasteland of Deerfield is a neat little restaurant called Bistro Ginza. It's surprisingly high on atmosphere, despite being just steps away from a car wash. The service is great, the miso soup is tasty and the spicy sushi rolls are actually spicy.

We started with spring rolls. Does this presentation remind you of that scene from Beetlejuice? With the cocktail shrimp? Okay, maybe not quite. I liked it anyway, and the rolls were darn tasty.

Next, soup. Not bad, a little skimpy on the tofu. But who cares? Sushi. I ordered the spicy mango roll, and what do you know? It was spicy! It had a real punch along with the mango sweetness. It was good enough to qualify a second trip to try more rolls, that's for sure.

I'm glad I finally tried Bistro Ginza. My only gripe is with the prices. The food is above average, for sure, but prices on special sushi rolls ranged from $13 on up to $19. It would be hard to drive by Kyoto and their bargain-basement sushi prices to get to Bistro Ginza, but with so much more to offer in atmosphere, I'll make the trip back.

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Anonymous said...

You know what.
Bistro Ginza has "free" membership program called "golden sushi club" you can have member's price sushi and you can save up to 50% off

Allison said...

Thanks for bringing that up, I saw this program when I visited. I personally find it a bit off-putting, it seems that prices should be fair for every customer. I don't like feeling that I need to join a club to get a good deal on food. But that's not going to stop me from returning to Bistro Ginza, whether or not I break down and join the sushi club. Thanks for your comment!

liberal foodie said...

I still haven't tried Kyoto yet and can't seem to recruit anyone to go there with me.

Let's do a best sushi taste off between the two. What do you say?

Allison said...

I'm totally up for it! I really don't think I could eat too much sushi. Send me an e-mail and we'll work it out!

Anonymous said...

Kyoto is the bomb. The sushi is fresh and tastes great and my wife and I can eat to utmost satisfaction (and we're big eaters) for $40 out the door. This assumes that you eat the basic and just-above-basic rolls only. I"m a big fan of nigiri but for the price, we stick to the rolls. These prices aren't listed, but just ask your server, "Which ones are the $3.50 and $4.50 rolls?"