Between the care that goes into preparing the fish and the light jazz in the background, going to Sushi Jin is kind of like watching modern dance (and eating it too). Like Sushi Ishikawa and Tanoshi Sushi, Sushi Jin serves several high-end tasting options for around $100. The one that costs $95 comes with 12 pieces (including an uni handroll) as well as soup, dessert, and green tea. All 12 pieces come out at once, delicately layed out like a valuable collection of baseball cards. It’d be easy to eat the whole plate in about two minutes, but we suggest taking your time with it. Each piece - like sea eel from the Tokyo Bay, cherry sea bream, or seared Japanese barracuda - is thoughtfully dressed with dabs of sauce, yuzu zest, or tiny flakes of hard-boiled egg yolk.
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