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First Restaurant Review: Sushi Deli 1

 I didn’t manage to make it out for a run yesterday, so sad!  When I woke up from my usual siesta, my stomach was not my friend!  Today is another day and I’ll do the workout that I had scheduled for yesterday.  I took the opportunity to catch up with a friend.  I don’t know what I’m so bad at calling people, but I’m just not typically a good talk on the phone kind of person.  I need to work on that!  I’m giving myself homework this weekend: call two friends I haven’t talked to in awhile.

In other news, I am announcing a new weekly installment on Gader Girl:  Restaurant Reviews!  Mad Scientist and I LOVE to eat out, but being newlyweds and new grads, we are on a tight budget.  As a compromise, we eat out only one time per week, alternating who gets to choose the restaurant.  I’ve written my first review below, look out for more to come!

Sushi Deli 1 in Hillcrest is a tiny hole in the wall restaurant with tables crammed together to maximize the space.  I’ve heard its a very popular spot, and boy was that the case!  There were lots of people were standing outside waiting to be seated.  They have an interesting system worked out without a main hostess.  You sign yourself up on the waiting list and wait for the very busy waitress/hostess/bus girl/super woman to seat you.  There was a sake bar inside for those waiting for a table, but when we went to sit down it was packed!  The wait wasn’t long, however, tables seemed to turn over pretty quickly.  People definitely don’t talk about this place for the ambiance!  It was very loud and service felt very rushed.  The menu was pretty extensive, but I was disappointed with the lack of raw fish options.  It seemed like everything was fried or baked.  Whatever happened to sushi being RAW?!  The few rolls that were raw only came spicy, which to me seemed to suggest that the fish itself might not be of the highest quality.  When we ordered I tried to make a substitution, but I was quickly told that, “We don’t do that kind of thing here.”  Hmm, this was disappointing since so many rolls contained my nemesis in the form of cream cheese.  Oh well, I ordered 2 rolls (I can’t remember the name of them, sorry!  I’ll do better next time!)  and Michael ordered 4 rolls.  They came out surprisingly quickly for that amount of sushi.  They were ok, definitely not the best sushi I’ve ever eaten.  But it was really inexpensive, so I guess you get what you pay for.  Would I go back to Sushi Deli?  Probably not, I’d rather spend a little bit more and have higher quality sushi. It’s all about quality versus quantity for me.  But if you’re looking for fast cheap sushi, Sushi Deli 1 might be the place for you.

Have you ever been to Sushi Deli?  What was your experience?  Are there any restaurants you would like to see me do a review of?  I would love suggestions!  Next time I promise more specific detail and pictures, but I am doing this review a week after eating there and I didn’t initially plan on doing a review.

We have fun plans for Saturday!  I guess you’ll just have to tune in tomorrow to find out what it is 😉