Humanbean - if you think the food created by Chef Paulo is average I am sorry to say you have no where to eat in this town. You can pick and choose any place to dine you want, it doesn't have to be mine. We do what we do, and put all our effort into it. Maybe we are just not the place for you. Either way, if you want to put a comment like that out there and want to be taken seriously, you may want to use your real name. Hiding is for internet trolls, not people with credible opinions.
I think the food at OBAN can hardly be called "average" and the prices seem to compare to other sushi in town.
Brandon! You are so absolutely correct BUT your own restaurant is not helping Tucson's food scene either. You serve average food at above average prices. Sad. Who is doing more damage to the Tucson food scene? A bad reviewer? Or an overpriced restaurant with just average food at the heart of downtown? Maybe if you had put less effort into the interior decorating and a little more effort into the food... I don't know. It does look nice inside though, so you got that right.
Living in the east side sushi desert, I've been eating sushi at Sachiko for over 15 years. While the restaurant (which is excellent) may be "new" to the author, it is not new to me. It's not a new restaurant by any definition.
Describing it as "new" multiple times, the author shows her ignorance.
Brandon, don't you think you're being a little rough on ......
dive bars? :-)
I'm disappointed that you are so dismissive of the hard work that goes into producing even simple sushi dishes. Further, I've been to Sachiko on many occasions, and have never had a problem with a single one of their servers. They're unfailingly friendly and attentive.
On another note, I find it deplorable that you refer to finding "a new sidepiece" instead of "another restaurant to frequent". Really? Did it cross your mind that "sidepiece" is a truncated version of "side piece of a**" -- a specific way to objectify and dehumanize a person with whom you have sex on occasion? (Google it. The normal language surrounding this term is egregious.) Please keep misogynistic sexual terms out of your restaurant reviews.
The ramen at Sachiko is completely forgettable. Not that there's great ramen in Tucson (Obon is OK) but Sachiko's is not even close. The sushi, however, is terrific.
I agree with Saundie! Heather, you are truly an awful writer. And this: "I like the way you can catch chef Naguro Nakajima rolling his eyes ever so subtly at newbies when they grace his bar with silly (yes, there are some) questions." You must surely have popped out of your mother's womb fully versed in the ways of sushi, since you would never, ever ask a "newbie" question! Presumably, Chef Nakajima is a professional and polite to his customers even if he's heard the same questions a thousand times. You just come off as arrogant and snotty.
Thanks for the great info.
The majority of the content of a "sushi" article isn't about the sushi. Of 12 paragraphs, one covered sushi. This drivel is the equivalent of reviewing a burger establishment and focusing on french fries, ketchup and milkshakes. Half the article is unrelated opinion and nonsensical ramblings.
An embarrassment to journalism.
Plus, the photography is reminiscent of a middle school student taking instagram photos with their cell phone.
Also it's Poke, not Poki.
Whoever was the editor in charge of approving the publication of this article should be drug tested.
End. Of. Story. #amateurhour
After having read this, I'm going to definitely have to agree with my former boss, Brandon Katz.
Do they still have a presence on Valencia Road? That joint used to rock a lunch time.
Food truck section needs some editing, particularly in the set up addresses.
Well my prediction that Nik Windbag lasting a year were off by only mere weeks. Fired,insubordinate by his 'peers' and partners. Hopefully he will leave town now.AMF A-Hole, Tucson has a great groove going on with,well WE all know. Glad your not part of it.......................
More of this, please.
What about North 4th Avenue between University and the Underpass? Any plans for a similar development?
When I heard the owner of the Hub and the playground was taking over saguaro corners I was thrilled. The first few times we went we noticed the changes happening slowly. Which is ok I guess to like the article said ease regulars into the change. However I agree with above commenters. This place is dumpy. I expected more from someone who has had such awesome interiors as the two other restaurants. Service is definitely hit or miss, which is never ever the case at the other two restaurants, and was super bummed when the promised creme brûlée donut never made its appearance (maybe it has now? We haven't been back in a few months). Honestly with kids, I can't depend on hit or miss service. By an hour in we should be asking for a check not waiting for food. Hoping that this doesn't fall of deaf ears as we eastsiders definitely WANT, no desperately NEED something like the hub or the playground close to home!
I had never heard of this place, so I just checked out the website. It doesn't help their case. The menus are black text on a gray background, rendering them nearly impossible to read, and the main dishes are not listed on the site. If the owners read this, I hope they take it as constructive criticism.
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