Ani Sushi opened in November, a block away from me. On the second floor of a building on Montague, I'd noticed several times that the place looked full. It seemed popular. So the other night, after Elizabeth and I had gone to Target and returned to our neighborhood very hungry, we were craving sushi. I suggested we try Ani; it was 8:30 and I hoped it wouldn't be too busy.
It turned out only one other table was occupied.
the Fire Snow at B.A.D. Sushi that I wrote about last month, but it was still one of the three best sushi rolls I have had in the last year.
The waitress came to check up on us and saw that we had finished everything. "Wow, you ate that fast," she said with a look of astonishment on her face.
I definitely enjoyed my meal at Ani Sushi. But if not for that tempura lobster roll, I would not return. Within three blocks of me are Iron Chef House, which I love, Nanatori, which I really like, Tenda, which was good, and Ozu, which I did not really like. And there is still another place I have not yet tried. (And this is just within three blocks; if I expand the radius to ten blocks, there are at least a dozen more places I have yet to try.)
I could see myself returning to Ani, but I could also see myself never stepping foot in there again. I loved the tempura lobster roll but I merely liked everything else.