Mouth watering sushi for sushi purists
If you like your standard sushi selections, large pieces of fish, and putting as much soy sauce on your sushi as you like, don't go here.
If you are family with children, don't go here.
If you only like sushi rolls, tempura, or chicken teriyaki, don't go here.
However, if you are a sushi purist, are adventurous, and like mouth watering morsels of fresh fish that melt in your mouth, go to Sushi Zo and trust Kazo-San with your ultimate dining experience.
What to expect when you get there:
* You will be asked to turn off your cell phones while you dine there.
* If you sit at the sushi bar, and it is a busy night, chef/owner Kazo-san will likely not speak much to you since he prepares almost every piece of fish that goes out to his customers. If you go on a slower night however, he can be quite friendly. We've been going there for years and he always remembers us.
* They only serve Omakase (chef selection) and you will not be given a menu. You can tell them if you have any dietary constraints, or don't like particular types of fish. I personally don't like Octopus so I always ask them to leave it off the menu.
* For each selection, you will get one small mouth-watering bite of food (mostly raw). Each piece they serve you is prepared exquisitely by the owner/sushi chef and is intended to be savored in and of itself. They will tell you whether or not to use soy sauce on the fish since some of the selections are already seasoned with special sauces or salt.
* They will serve you fish in a very specific order. You'll likely start with oyster, maybe an uni/squid dish, and sashimi, then move onto lighter sushi, sushi with textures (i.e. sweet shrimp, giant clam), a couple of cooked selections (butterfish, unagi) and finally the crab hand roll.
* You will be able to try 20-25 different types of food, and many fish that you never encounter in other sushi bars. For example, they will sometimes serve you pompono, ono, needle fish, a few variations of mackeral, and all of them will be good.
* You will need to tell them when you want to stop eating. Make sure to save some room for the blue crab hand roll when you are done eating sushi. It is a heavenly ending to top off the rest of the sushi.
* When you are done, they typically serve you a small mouth-cleansing dessert drink that tastes a bit like yuzu. It's a perfect way to finish your meal.
Your total bill will typically vary between $70 to $120 per person depending on when you tell them to stop feeding you. If you drink sake, your bill will be more than that. This place is definitely a splurge and caters to a specific type of clientele, but everything we eat here is head and shoulders better than any other sushi place I've ever been to, including Sasabune which has a very similar model.
I once sent two of my co-workers here for a splurge while they were in town for one night, and they could not stop thinking about the food for a week. It's that good.