Restaurant Review: Gosh! Asian Bistro and Sushi

Gosh is a local favorite in our town, however, their offerings did not really quite meet my expectations. Let's chalk it up to the itamae (sushi chef) having a bad day.

Hubby ordered pork dim sum, and true to the meaning of the name dim sum which is little heart, they were on the small side. It is supposed to be an appetizer though, so it did its job - to whet our appetites. It has a good flavor - it didn't "wow" us, but it wasn't bad either.

The sashimi plate has 3 kinds of fish on it -
white fish, tuna and salmon. It looked pretty - like roses on a bed of garnish. However, the white fish tasted very fishy. Maybe it was a bad catch, maybe it wasn't that fresh. But it wasn't pleasant. The rule is if you are eating raw food, make sure it is high quality.

The tuna (or maguro) was good, it was grainy and soft. It was very mild, though. The soy sauce made it perfect.

The salmon was the best, and I am being a bit biased here since salmon is my favorite fish. It had a nice marbling of fat, an
d a good aftertaste.

Sashimi usually comes in small thick squares. Gosh's sashimi was long albeit a bit thinner. The long shape was not bad, but it made it harder to eat and dip in the sauce since it was hanging off the chop sticks.

Their rolls have American names, which tends to be more trendy than traditional. Since none of the rolls in their menu appealed to
my senses, I decided to try a different one. It was called Crispy-Crunchy Roll. It has salmon, smelt roe, crabstick, asparagus, scallions, cream cheese, panko breadcrumbs with tonkatsu sauce and is deep fried. Typically, I like tonkatsu sauce, but the way it was put in the sushi made it taste a bit off. For me, it didn't quite blend well with the ingredients of the roll.

Their service was quite fast, we didn't have to wait a long time for our food, which is good (or is it?). They also served one dish at a time, like a good Japanese restaurant which lets you enjoy and savor every course before bringing on the next plate.

These are all my opinions, and it might make sense to some, but sound Greek to others. This was not the first time we ate at Gosh!, but I don't think we'll be in a hurry to come back. The price wasn't outrageous, but I was not quite sure I got my money's worth. They have a little bit of this and that, which is why they are a Bistro and not just a Sushi Bar. Over all, I would give Gosh a 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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