Monday, July 29, 2013

Sass & Sushi: EDO Sushi

TL;DR: ★☆☆☆☆

Possibly the worst customer service ever. Incredibly sassy and rude staff, mediocre food and bland/boring interior. This is pretty much a reminder for me to never go there again.

Food: ★★☆☆☆
Ambiance: ★★☆☆☆
Staff: ☆☆☆☆☆ (I would give this negative stars if I could)

Price: $-$$
Number of visits: 3

17th St. & Broadway

Have a craving for some waitress sass? Then, you're in luck because the people at EDO Sushi think it goes great with sushi, and they give it to you for FREE!

In all seriousness, though, I have never been given so much sass from such rude employees in my life. EDO Sushi has got to have the worst — although pretty quick, I'll give them that — service. Not only are the waitresses rude and sassy, but also, there is a language barrier with all of them (which, of course, is not their fault and not a part of my conclusion that the service is horrible), so asking questions about the menu can be pretty difficult as their answers are super sassy too.

Putting sass aside, the servers are also incredibly inattentive; I probably had to ask for more water at least a couple times every time I've been here. And waving them down is next to impossible — they almost never notice you (or maybe they just ignore you), and when they do, they acknowledge that they saw you but don't come to your table for a good while. (It's like they're saying, "I SEE YOU, SO CALM YOUR TITS" until they feel like doing their job again.) And of course, I understand that they have other tables to wait on and whatnot — I wouldn't be complaining if the level of inattentiveness and negligence wasn't extraordinarily high.

Meh, I guess at least they got an A rating ...

When it comes to their food, everything is pretty mediocre — just your standard sushi place, nothing special. I tried two of their lunch specials, the two-roll special and chicken teriyaki bento. The two-roll special is a decent deal: You can choose two of their basic rolls — they give you a lot of options, too — for $9.75; they also have the three-roll special for around $12, I believe.

Last time I was here, I had the eel and avocado (EEL <3) and spicy tuna crunch, and while both were pretty good, there was no wow factor for either. The eel wasn't as meaty as I would've liked, but the avocado was ripe and thick enough to compensate for it. And the spicy tuna, which was a mashup of tuna, spicy mayo and "crunch" (I assume it was kampyo *EDIT: not kampyo; confirmed by a Vietnamese princess (legit)* or tempura bits), was decent — the fish was soft, there was a good amount of spiciness, and the crunch was a nice addition for overall texture.

As for the bento special, you get a couple pieces of gyoza, a small California roll (which can be substituted with salmon for $1.50 more), rice and veggies. The chicken teriyaki I had was mediocre at best — it was drier than I would've liked, and the teriyaki tasted like it came from a store-bought bottle. Same goes for the gyoza — they tasted like frozen dumplings that were thawed out and drenched with some kind of sauce to pass as gyoza. Overall, the bento's a pretty good deal for $9.50, I guess, but I'd rather spend that money elsewhere (like Cafe Medina just downstairs).

Apologies for the lack of food pictures! I was never wowed by the presentation of the food, so taking photos didn't seem warranted (this was, of course, before I started blogging). 

The interior and ambiance is also nothing noteworthy. Everything is very simple — if I remember correctly, there was one of those traditional Chinese cat dolls that wave you down toward the entrance (which is a little tacky and cliched, IMO). They have a few random drums/tambourines on the wall to your left, which seem kind of out of place and boring. And they have a decent number of seats, but I don't know if this would be a good place for a big group (I wouldn't go with more than 6 ... but then again, I probably won't ever go again).

Again, overall, not worth your money. Maybe if I have an immense hankering for a sushi lunch while I'm at work, I'll give this place one more chance, but otherwise, I'll take my business elsewhere.


  1. Notes about the "crunch" found in modern sushi:

    I can confirm that they are usually "tempura bits" which are leftover/scooped from the deep fryer. Also, kampyo is the brownish gourd you sometimes see used in sushi. I think the word you're looking for is panko?

    Source: Working (slaving) at a sushi restaurant.

    And agreed, the service at this place was the worst!! It's clear that the customer is not their priority.

    1. Oops, you're probably right (see edited version above ;D). And that's nasty about the tempura bits. Although, I guess I'm not surprised ...

    2. Hahaha Vietnamese Princess???

      Don't you mean Reigning Queen Monarch?