Friday, April 24, 2009

smelly fish

Sorafune Restaurant
610 E Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755
(626) 280-7752

price: $$
verdict: hells no!

ok, let me bring back some perspective on these high ratings. first of all, while i dined, something smelled fishy there. yeah, i know, it's a sushi joint, BUT it shouldn't smell like one though! ugh. the smell lingered and it was unsettling to my appetite.

the service was slow. the servers were nice and all, but i had to raise my hand like a school child in order to order our meal, get more iced water, follow up on a spicy tuna hand roll order which they forgot, and to get the check at the end of the meal. that was way too much hand raising for the night. my armpit got a cramp.

i ordered the sushi dinner which had 6 pieces of sushi (salmon, mackerel, smelt eggs, salmon eggs, shrimp, albacore) and a tuna cut roll. we also ordered two orders of uni at MP (market price) and a spicy tuna hand roll. *sigh* totally underwhelming. the fish were fresh, but they were not of good quality. the wasabi dots they put in the sushi were inconsistent. sometimes you got a lot which burned your nose, and other times, there were none at all.

i did not get a chance to try their tempura which looked amazing but given the other factors mentioned, it doesn't seem worth another visit just to try their tempura or a terriyaki beef/ salmon dish. when i'm at a sushi joint, i want sushi. if you are curious about the food here, their business hours are:

monday: closed
tuesday: closed for lunch, dinner from 5-10pm
wednesday-saturday: 11:30-2:30 for lunch, 5-10pm for dinner
sunday: 11:30-2:00 for lunch, 5-8:30pm for dinner

good luck with the fishy smell, sub par sushi, and the slow service!

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