Restaurant Review Roulette: Sansui

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.


10 Responses to Restaurant Review Roulette: Sansui

  1. Michael says:

    What sushi places do you like in Raleigh? I have not found one that I love.

  2. The Gourmez says:

    I keep meaning to go there but haven’t yet. It’s not in a strip mall, but is off by itself, near a hotel just past the highway 55 and 54 intersection.

  3. moonfood says:

    I think Waraji on Duraleigh just off of GLenwood Ave. in Raleigh has the best Sushi. I have never had a bad experience there, other than the wait which can be long on a weekend night.

  4. MB says:

    Only if it is a 4 star will I try it as well. I’m devoted to Carolina Sushi & Roll. Their ginger dressing, Mary roll and Spring Forest roll are wonderful.

  5. burgeoningfoodie says:

    I’ve heard the Kurama by Sitar in Durham does Sushi good.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Anyone in the mood for pi?

  7. Tom from Raleigh says:

    We drive to Derm from North Raleigh for Kurama’s sushi. They have the freshest fish this side we’ve found in the Triangle and we’ve tried most of the spots.

    I predict that Sansui will get 3.5 stars.

  8. Varmint says:

    It was 3.5 stars. Good call Tom and anonymous!

  9. Leslie says:

    Michael, We usually go eat sushi at Haru located in the Harris Teeter shopping center on the corner of Glenwood and Oberlin (Glenwood Grill and Hereghty’s are also in that shopping center).

  10. Selena says:

    I like hole-in-the-wall Kashin at Crossroads in Cary and Oishii at Timberlyne in Chapel Hill. Yamazushi in Durham is also more authentic than most, but I haven’t tried their menu extensively yet.

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