I went to Kitsu for lunch the other day. I was excited to try out the new place in the space formerly occupied by Saso’s. Tommy Watkins’ work is definitely impressive, and the building really stands out.
The interior is laid out much the same way it was in the Saso era, but it feels a little more open. The decor is vastly different though, and I like it.
I got the Su-Sa lunch combo to go for $14. $15.12 after tax. My server, Martin, was a really friendly guy who chatted with me while I waited for my order.
The Su-Sa lunch combo includes a california roll, 9 pieces of sashimi, and 3 pieces of sushi. The raw pieces were salmon, tuna, and fluke. There was a little shredded daikon on the side, covered with a real piece of leaf – no plastic stuff here.
The cali roll had imitation crab in it, avocado, and cucumber and was lightly riced and sprinkled with black and regular sesame seeds. You can see some patches in the rice covering of this inside out roll. This was the best tasting part of the meal. A little sweet, crunchy, rice-y.
This meal also came with soup or salad, and I got miso soup. All I could think of when I smelled it was “potatoes”. The flavor itself was a little chalky and too salty. I didn’t finish it.
I would like to give Kitsu another try, but this was sadly disappointing. And I don’t mean it in a pretentious hipstery way, either. I am just sad – it’s a cool looking business with nice people, but when I like the cali roll best… yikes. The low sodium soy sauce is also a deal breaker for me, and the meal itself was just disappointing after hearing so many great things about Kitsu.