Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

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Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby yesferatu » Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:11 pm

Just went to Red for lunch.
It may be in the running for my favorite Japanese restaurant in Madison.

2 sushi rolls - $8 bucks.
- Unagi - probably the best I've had in Madison.
Maybe a little thin on the eel, but it's possible I just wanted more.
- California - Well proportioned and delicious. They plate the rolls with mayo, but everything was moist and didn't really need it.

2 sashimi - $1.50 each
Sake - This was like a 1/4 lb of salmon. Holy crap, it was good.
Yellowtail - Huge as well and unbelievably fresh.

I'm glad they were able to salvage that location.
it is elegant and spotless.

I plan on going back as soon as I can, the dinner menu is colossal.
Sorry Takara...go there RIGHT NOW.

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Re: Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby Stomach » Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:13 pm

Better than Red Robin?
Better than Red Lobster?

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Re: Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby NullDevice » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:12 am

Where is this place?

Do they use real wasabi or is it that powdered paste that everyone else uses?

What are their offerings for tuna sashimi?

I must know.

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Re: Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:13 am

The building that formerly housed Restaurant Muramoto, Kushi Bar Muramoto, and The Haze. 106 King.

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Re: Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby BBQtime » Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:36 pm

it's worth a shot for all the rolls on the menu that you weren't expecting as well. Also, the dish of tuna sashimi that we ordered contained a nice sauce at the bottom that I needed a spoon for.

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Re: Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby Loongy22 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:08 pm

I went to Red Sushi for lunch today and I was happy with the food there.
The quality is similar to Restaurant Muramoto for what I ate.

I had the lunch special, two rolls for 9.50 which comes up to 11 with tax and tip. I had the spicy salmon roll and the shrimp tempura roll. Service was speedy and the food came after 10 minutes since there were only about 8-10 customers there. Both rolls were tasty, and the salmon itself is fresh by midwest standards. For the freshest salmon, I still go to the Japanese grocery store down on park st which gets fresh shipments of fish every other Saturday. Portions were kind of small for lunch standards as you get six medium size pieces of sushi per roll.

I wanted to try some Toro, but they didn't have any in stock today.

Overall, a good sushi restaurant for lunch.

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Re: Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby donges » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:43 pm

Loongy22 wrote:I had the lunch special, two rolls for 9.50 which comes up to 11 with tax and tip.

A 98 cent tip? Was the service that bad?

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Re: Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby Loongy22 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:25 am

Service was good... haha... I thought a 10% tip was normal. I guess I should have tipped a little more. :P

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Re: Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby hmmmph » Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:44 am

I went there with a friend last Friday night and disappointing is the only thing that I can say about this place. Sure, it's pretty cheap. It's also right around the corner from where I live which is why I really wanted to like it, but all four rolls we received had overly sticky rice, gummy nori, and the fish was not exceptional. The rolls essentially had the same texture as sushi you get from a grocery store that was rolled hours ago.

At the end of dinner we both looked at each other and simultaneously said, "I wish we would've gone to Muramoto."

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Re: Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby barney » Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:30 am

Service was good... haha... I thought a 10% tip was normal. I guess I should have tipped a little more.


15% is the 'old' normal, most people tip 20%.

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Red Sushi lotsa rice, small amounts of protein

Postby kulgar » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:23 pm

As pointed out in an earlier review the way Red Sushi makes the economics work is by using a rice/protein ratio that is typical of second tier, more student type of sushi bars.

I tried the sashimi and 40% of it was meally, kind of tired old tuna, 20% was "fishy" and the other 40% was fine. The roll had some unagi in it but was mostly rice, kind of hard to tell quality and it's smoked in any event. I had ordered nigiri and got a roll instead but that kind of stuff happens in new restaurants.

I immediately walked down to Restaurant Muramoto and the sashimi was typically divine. There is a big difference in the quality of the fish at Muramoto. Either he is buying a better grade of fish or has established better relationships with vendors after 15 years of buying, and the quality shows. The prices on some items may be cheaper at Red Sushi but given that it is more rice and lower quality fish in my one sample, I'm not sure it is really a better deal.

Red Sushi has the advantage of being closer to the Square but it's worth the extra block walk down King to RM.
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Re: Red Sushi lotsa rice, small amounts of protein

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:34 pm

kulgar wrote:Red Onion ...
...Red Onion...
...Red Onion

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Red Onion said the farmer...

Postby kulgar » Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:25 pm

Wow! Thanks TBP! Should not have been eating a sandwich while composing, food doesn't help me think apparently. And I didn't even plant any red onions this year.

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Re: Red Onion said the farmer...

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:57 pm

kulgar wrote:And I didn't even plant any red onions this year.

Someone should. Finding a good one at a grocery store is a Herculean task.

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Re: Red Sushi - Eat There Right Now

Postby LindsayNicole » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:09 am

So wait -- I guess I figured that because the space went from Resto Muramoto to Kushi to Haze, all owned by Muramoto peeps, that this place was owned by them too.

Is this a legit competitor? Does the owner also have other sushi places -- Takara, Edo, etc?


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