Sushi Kan, San Jose, CA
Was Sushi Zen and now Sushi Kan. Since I had never dined at Sushi Zen before, I cannot tell if they just had a simple name change or is really under new management. Either way, a fresh start is never a bad idea.
This restaurant has a really thick menu. One might be easily overwhelmed by pages and pages of appetizers, entrees, bento combinations, nigiri, sashimi and special rolls. Let’s not forget about the special items on the whiteboard as well.
I was not in the mood for designer rolls and also not quite ready to splurge on fancier fish at a first encounter. A simple middle of the road nigiri combo seemed like a good idea - Gourmet Nigiri - 18 pieces chef’s choice. Not quite sure what to expect but I was happy with the chef’s selection. The platter included 6 different kinds of fish - tai, maguro, sake, toro, hamachi and shimaji. All nigiri were nicely prepared. Sushi rice tasted good. The fish was fresh and of nice quality. Having duplicate pieces make it easier to share too. The Sea Bass Kasuzuke entree was also quite good. The buttery Chilean sea bass was just lightly seasoned but tasty. It was nice having some fresh fruits served on the side too.
Food was not exactly cheap here but I was happy with the quality. Sushi Zen is definitely worthy of a revisit.