Tuesday, July 10, 2012
☞ EAT: Opening Night at Jado Sushi
To start off, the interior is superbly realized by owner Nobu Otsu who happens to have a bit of a design background himself. Dark rich neutral hues mixed with graphic floral wallpaper and dramatic overhead lamps make this one of the modern standouts in Harlem that feel updated and international. Those who are into lavatory design should also make sure not to miss the black, crocodile skin embossed ceramic tile in the bathrooms.
As for the menu, the selection was more than ample enough to have a full meal and Jado offers up small, warm plates along with a classic sushi assortment. First out was the ceviche which was served up with a side of fried plantains and a mysterious sauce that was not needed since the fish was marinated to perfection with bits of pomegranate bursting within each bite. The Jado chicken was substantial but was our least favorite since it had the robust quality one would find in Chinese cuisine and seemed a little out of place. Then came the braised short rib which where absolutely amazing and easy to eat with just chopsticks since they were so tender.
Sushi was the main attraction here and this is where the service could use some improvement. Two chefs behind the bar were working furiously all night since the restaurant was practically filled by mid evening. There was a major lag in time for the sushi to arrive at the table since so many rolls were being ordered by guests throughout the dinner hour. The waitstaff apologized and offered a free round of drinks but the newness of the operation was apparent at this point. Basically the back kitchen had the easier job and all the appetizers arrived quickly so another sushi chef might be needed out front during the dinner rush.
Once the food arrived, we were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the sushi. The sushi sampler for $25 was the best deal (less than $2 a piece) with nigiri pieces that were presented in the proper temperature and thus melted in ones mouth. We both had been to Tokyo for business in the past and agreed that this was a good quality offering. Overall, this spot should get better since the service will surely improve day by day. With that said, Jado Sushi is most definitely the only solid newcomer for Japanese cuisine uptown and gives another good reason for diners in Harlem to stay in the neighborhood. Read our original interview with Nobu Otsu in our past post: LINK
Top three photos courtesy Jado Sushi