Since I started this silly game of guessing how many stars Greg Cox would give a restaurant, I’ve pretty much been on the money. I’ve been spot on for the last three reviews, I missed by half a star for Mambo Italiano, and Mr. Cox surprised us all when he gave 618 Bistro a single, sad star.
This week, Cox is reviewing a sushi bar — Sansui. In suburban Durham. In what appears to be a strip mall (although I’m not sure about that). What I do know is this. I’ve never been to Sansui. I never knew a place named Sansui existed before this morning. I thought Sansui made stereo equipment. So quite honestly, I don’t have a flying flip about this place. But I suspect I still may be able to nail the review.
I also know that sushi bars in the Triangle are pretty much all the same. Yeah, some places are a bit more creative than others, but unless they’re using really bad or old fish, you run across the same old same old in every place. It’s kind of like the Mexican restaurants of the El Rodeo ilk — they almost have identical menus. I mean, is one place’s Dragon Roll superior to another’s? And are the ginger dressing or miso soup any different?
Because of that, I’m guessing, based purely on Sansui’s sushi menu, that it will be a 3 star review. It doesn’t appear to be all that different from your run-of-the-mill sushi restaurant around here. Now if they get a lot more local fish, then that might be different. Or if their Japanese menu were unusual, then I’d also reevaluate. But based on what I see, I’m sticking with my 3 star guess. And if Greg Cox says it’s a 4 star place, then I’ll be the first to head over to try Sansui.
5 stars — 11,111 to 1
4.5 stars –111 to 1
4 stars — 11 to 1
3.5 stars — 3.14159 to 1
3 stars — 2 to 1
2.5 stars — 4 to 1
2 stars — 11 to 1
1 to 1.5 stars — 22 to 1
Who’s been to Sansui? And is it any different from all the other places around here?
Edit — Well, I was off by half a star, as Sansui received 3.5 stars from Greg Cox.