You may have past the unassuming Mizu Sushi while walking to try your luck at another sushi restaurant with a 2.5 hour wait, but the next time you want to skip that hassle, you should take a second look. Nestled into a modest 63 seat restaurant with a 7 seat sushi bar, the quality, taste and service at Mizu Sushi sets a high bar and has been doing so for the past decade.
The quality of the food is because the sushi grade fish is sourced from Japan and the restaurant is helmed by Japanese trained Chef Nakao Hirakata, who previously served as the chef/owner of Mishima restaurant for over 20 years. The owner, David Sunarto, worked for such well known restaurants as Benihana and Haru, so this can definitely be considered a Japanese restaurant dream team.
We went in to try some of Mizu Sushi’s staple dishes and were pleasantly surprised with every aspect of the dinner, from the friendly staff, high quality dishes and restaurant ambiance. We began with beverages and tried for the first time Ikezo peach and yuzo sparkling jelly sake. At first glance it looks like it could be a glass of bubbly, but actually has mini jelly beads inside. It was fantastic.
We asked the restaurant to send over their best dishes since there was too much to choose from on the menu and they did not disappoint! We began with appetizers and the Rock Shrimp Tempura with spicy creamy sauce. For someone that cannot handle anything spicy, this only had a slight kick and was delicious. It was just crunchy enough and not greasy at all.
The Spicy Tuna Gyoza was very different and again, not too spicy for me to handle. The guacamole and sweetness that was in the spicy sauce helped to cool down the spiciness of the tuna. Also the creaminess of the guacamole was good in contrast to the fried dumplings.
They saved the best appetizer for last with the White Tuna Truffle dish. Truffle truly makes everything better and the thin cut white tuna with truffle oil and yuzu soy was spectacular and light. I could’ve eaten twelve plates of this.
You cannot come to a sushi restaurant and not have a sushi roll and I love when a restaurant has specialty rolls. We tried two; the Flatiron and Gramercy Roll, paying homage to the area. The Flatiron Roll is for salmon lovers and is comprised of spicy crunchy salmon and topped with salmon, avocado and ikura, salmon caviar. Again the crunchiness of the salmon was offset by the avocado to create a great overall balance. For the Gramercy Roll, what makes it different is the dashi nori, which is infused into the rice and wrapped around the tuna, salmon, yellow tail, avocado and cucumber with wasabi aioli sitting on top.
We ended the meal with the Honey Wasabi Tuna Steak, which is excellent quality, but was finally too spicy for my taste buds with the honey yuzu wasabi sauce! I would get the sauce on the side because it was seared perfectly and definitely worth trying. It’s served over lightly tempura-battered vegetables.
For those that want the option, Mizu also offers an Omakase Sushi experience for an affordable $45 price point. The meal includes the Chef’s choice of eight pieces of specialty fish and a negitoro roll. Omakase selections can include King Salmon, Red Snapper, Scallop, Fatty Tuna and Sea Urchin. You also have your choice from four different types of ramen, so there really is something for everyone.
Mizu offers lunch specials from 11:30am-3pm and happy hour on Monday through Friday from 3pm-6pm with specialty prices for select beer, wine and sake and sushi rolls. The restaurant offers offsite catering and can also provide delivery through Seamless or Uber Eats. It is definitely a must visit in the area and we’re hoping the restaurant continues to wow for decades to come.
– Stephanie Carino
Photos via Mizu Sushi and by Socially Superlative