Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hooray for Good $1 Sushi (food)

While I mostly write about high end fine dining, I am also partial to good deals at the lower end of the price range. So I was very excited to discover that the $1/pc a la carte sushi at Tomo Sushi in Jackson Heights was not only cheap, but good as well. I remember the Queens Blvd branch from a few years back, but this Jackson Heights branch is a closer walk for me.

It's the same $1/pc for both sushi and sashimi. The sashimi is nicely cut into shorter, thicker pieces.

There is quite a good selection on offer, from the more popular "big three" of salmon, tuna, and yellowtail, to eel and white tuna (escolar). The rice was just a bit tough on one night, but otherwise, the grain size, vinegar, and temperature were fine. The pieces are also of decent size.

While there's plenty to like about filling up on cheap sushi, the real value comes from all the more special pieces, such as toro (limited availability), uni, and scallop, all still for $1/pc. You won't be able to see every individual bump on the urchin tongue, but both the uni and the scallops are still sweet.

Also at a discounted price are the hand rolls at $2.50/pc. Pictured here is the spicy tuna crunch hand roll. This is another good deal as the filling goes all the way to the bottom, and there are actual diced bits of tuna as opposed to just a thoroughly mashed "pink slime".

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