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Japon Sushi Bar:

Since it's opening years, Japon Sushi Bar has been on my radar and has been one of my go to sushi spots.  One lazy Sunday night as I was deciding what to have for dinner, it dawned on me that I hadn't paid Japon Sushi Bar a visit in a very long time.  To be honest I couldn't remember the last time I had been there so I quickly called in a take-out order headed over to pick it up.

Japon's atmosphere is calm and relaxing, a real zen-like feel.  Their servers are all very polite and well versed in the menu.  They know what to suggest, even for the pickiest of palates, and always make sure that you are satisfied with their suggestions.  This Sunday I decided against any of their tempting Chef's specials and stuck with a few favourites; tuna Kamikaze, spicy tuna, California and the spider roll.  

As I devoured my sushi I kept thinking to myself that even though the sushi was good, it used to be so much better.  The spicy sauce on the spicy tuna used to have more flavour and spice, the California roll was good but I remember it being better the last time I had it and the Kamikaze could have used more tempura flakes and found the tuna to be a little dry.  I was still satisfied with my choices though.  Another thing I noticed while devouring my sushi was the lack of consistency from piece to piece and the messiness of the end pieces.  I always liked Japon as I found their pieces to be consistent and uniformly cut, this time around they were very inconsistent; some larger pieces, some smaller cut pieces and some really messy ones too.  
To top it all off, I ordered the spider roll, soft shell crab, and for the second time in two weeks at two different sushi spots, I was disappointed with the freshness of the crab.  Maybe it's me, but the soft shell crab was a bit on the fishy side and lacked in flavour - a little disappointing.

I enjoyed my meal but felt as though it could have been better especially since the restaurant was very quiet when I picked up.  I feel as though my order was rushed and the chef didn't take his time preparing the sushi.  I would understand a little more if the restaurant was super busy and the consistency wasn't perfect, but on a quiet night there really should be no excuse.  I used to always recommend Japon, now I might think twice before I do which is a total shame as I know Japon can do way better. 

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