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Canada: the restaurants rate from REALLY BAD to EXCELLENT (almost better than 5 Star J Restaurant) depending on who runs it and the quality of product ( fish , for example, )

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Not great! But probably improving...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

No complaints, but there are usually run be Chinese or Koreans.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

There are some 300+ "Japanese" Restaurants in New York City, There are a handful of excellent expensive ones, Japanese owned and run, offering airflown in neta that is on a par with sushi I've had in Ginza. But the vast majority of the lower priced restaurants are Chinese and Korean owned and run.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Some very good ones in Singapore and Hong Kong. South Africa getting a bit better but generally awful. UK some excellent ones.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Not so good at all !

0 ( +0 / -0 )

There's a Korean-run sushi place in San Diego called Dokdo Sushi. I keep wanting to visit next time I'm home but have never had the courage to try it.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Pretty lame. Most of the "sushi" is just sushi rolls, not the real thing.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

In Sydney there's a very wide range, with the cheap end usually quite terrible while the top places are definitely on par with the top places here in Tokyo.

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Dokdo sushi?? Surely should be called Takeshims sushi?

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I have no idea how the Japanese restaurants are in my home country - when I go home I want to eat anything other than Japanese.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Strangerland, yeah, totally. A non-Japanese who lives in Japan would probably eat anything but Japanese food during a two-week annual break back home. Going to a Japanese restaurant in London if you live in Tokyo is the equivalent of a Brit going to Italy and chasing down a fish and chip shop. Only people who live overseas and have visited Japan will have much idea. My hometown doesn't have a Japanese restaurant as far as I know, but has at least 25 curry houses that are mainly miles better than the ones in Tokyo.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Depends on where you go. The US is a huge country, but coming from California, it depends, we have some very, very classy and great restaurants, almost every ethnic and our own California Cuisine, but we also have some dives depending on what you want to eat.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

There is a place in Christchurch NZ called Kinji. I swear it is the best Japanese I have ever ate. They do these double crumbed scallops that are divine. Raw fish, top chicken dishes, everything is just A1. And towards the end of the evening the chef comes out and goes table to table asking if everything was OK. It is a BYO place so works out for a good night at about $40 a head. According to some web sites it is now rated NZ #2 restaurant.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Most of the ones in Glasgow are fusion types - there's even one with Polish staff and Indonesian chefs serving Japanese meals. Those that are just Japanese food run from okay to pretty good.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

London - not good at all. Even the ones that are officially accredited by the Japanese government, and run by Japanese are not great. Or very expensive, and mainly focused on sushi and sashimi. My Japanese friends living in London recommend taking the Eurostar to Paris for good Japanese food. I haven't tried that myself.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Depends on the individual restaurant. I went to one in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, and was very disappointed.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The "Osaka" restaurant in my hometown closed after 2 or 3 years, but I went there once and had unagi, served by Chinese staff who didn't know what sansho was and didn't have any, but it was good even without the sansho.

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In NYC area including suburbs the non-Japanese run restaurants all have names of places like Tokyo,Kyoto,Osaka or the universal "Hana". There's a Korean place name "Ichiro" LOL.

Peter PayneAug. 25, 2014 - 10:23AM JST There's a Korean-run sushi place in San Diego called Dokdo Sushi.

Now THAT'S funny.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

In any country, you'll find good and bad. Here in the U.S., it will vary by state and city. I live in the major city of eastern Tennessee, which means there's little to be had besides "hibachi" steak or chicken. There are a couple of sushi places that aren't too bad, but we're almost 1,000 km from the ocean. That's not the geography I would choose if I were looking for a great sushi restaurant.

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Some very good authentic Japanese restaurants in Japantown, SF. Some really great izakaya and an awesome yakitori too in NYC. Otherwise the majority are Chinese or Korean-owned and are pretty awful. In France, in Paris near the Opera, quite a few authentic Japanese restaurants and one ramen shop where I could see a line every time I drove by.

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There is a range from very good and not so hot to a few awful ones in Metro Vancouver and Victoria, Canada. The ones most hyped are not necessarily the ones with the best food. Fusion style food and rolls slathered with too much gunk (chili mayo hides a lot of flaws) are very popular and chefs do like to push the envelope (they're creative people).

However, there are also a few that quietly (some for 4+ decades) do excellent, traditional cuisine without all kinds of gimmicks or fanfare. That's where I prefer to go. I sometimes tell the chefs that I don't have enough for a ticket to Tokyo today. "Please," I say, "take my mouth to Japan." They know exactly what I mean, and are always happy to oblige.

We're also very lucky to get high quality local seafood--uni is amazing--as well as catches directly from Japan.

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"Dokdo Sushi"


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My home town, not a large place, has just one. I've never been inside and I probably never will, because:

The prices are insane; not in a good way.

They serve everything: sushi, tempura, yakiniku, ramen. Never a good sign.

The menu in the window is in English and Chinese.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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