Sushi isn’t meant to be only a ceremonial, fetishistic, pristine adventure. It can be, but often the meal is more about sustenance. It’s dinner. Thanks to PinKU, we can all enjoy a little more sushi, a little more often, and it doesn’t have to be the mystery fish at some all-you-can-eat joint. This is the real deal, presented in an immaculate counter-service package that doesn’t leave authenticity in the dust. Co-owner John Sugimura is part Japanese, regularly returns to his homeland to “check” himself, and reports that his grandmother would be proud of PinkU. He serves all of the greatest hits he perfected in a past career as a personal chef: spicy tuna on crispy rice, seared salmon fat rolls, jumbo crispy shrimp over radish noodles, all served at a fair price in a mod, gleaming package, replete with silver cafeteria trays. Local and Japanese beer and good wine round out the experience. Fair prices, superior service, and unique surrounds make this not only our best sushi spot of the moment, but one of our favorite places, period.
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