Adventures in Eating & Cooking
Or that’s what they say… You know that’s not entirely the case when you walk into Kuho Sushi, a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn, with a group of hungry college students and the manager casts you an unwelcoming look. I mean, I could completely sympathize with the situation. If I opened a sushi buffet and charged $20/person in the middle of Drexel, I think I would rack up more debt than college and med-school loans combined. But at the time, the only thing I cared about was getting away with eating as much sushi possible!
So I asked for one of every roll…And the manager stared and said, “You know you have to pay for each piece you can’t finish.” Although I assured her that our party of 4 could definitely polish off any amount of sushi, we ended up picking only our favorites: eel, spicy shrimp tempura, spicy crab, sweet potato, and a couple of others that I can’t remember.
Then she tried to push us to order hot pot (which is such a cheap Asian method to get you full so you can’t eat more sushi). When Lin Loo declined, the manager glared at her again so she caved and ordered a few items. We all ordered a ton of food, but they all ended up getting mixed up so we just family-styled it.
My favorite part was the fish balls, as I have a deep love for seafood. I skipped the beef and pork, letting my friends fight over those and threw in some quail eggs, enoki mushroom, shrimp, spinach, tofu skin, and a motley of other stuff I don’t remember. It was decent, although not nearly as delicious as the hot pot I enjoy with my extended family on New Year’s.
And then came the sushi!! See the difference with Kuho and other sushi buffets in Queens/Long Island is that in Brooklyn, you don’t serve yourself. Rather, you order as many sushi rolls as you want and the waiters bring them to you. Brooklyn restaurants are also cheaper, so the downside is that the chefs purposely bring less than you order. But that’s okay, because we have no shame (or at least I don’t) and called the servers back several times to order more… hehe!
Despite the stinginess of the restaurant, the sushi itself was decent quality. I loved the eel as usual bathed in sweet nitsume sauce. The tempura rolls were good too, although I would have preferred if they were crispier. I actually really enjoyed the sweet potato roll too, which came covered in some tempura. In addition, we got some sashimi with ikura (salmon eggs), flying roe, salmon, eel, and smoked salmon. Oishii-desu!!
Overall, it was a pretty good deal for $20, although I would wait until the manager forgets what we look like before coming back!