El Esposo and I were Christmas shopping, and by evening we were hungry, so we stumbled upon this little gem of a restaurant. We opted for a table across from the sushi bar, because 2 people going for Hibachi would mean we're stuck seated with 4 strangers, which could go either way depending on the temperament of your fellow guests. Besides--we love to people watch, especially on a first-time to a restaurant.
We were seated quickly and had a friendly and helpful young waiter (Jacob). We were a bit surprised they had Tom Yum on the menu for a soup appetizer, since that's a Thai soup we enjoy. It was one of the better Tom Yum soups I've had, and since it's a soup I not only make at home, but try at every Thai place we go to.
They had a mix of possible options--the sushi menu is one of the largest I've ever seen! We opted for two different rolls. They were beautifully presented, fresh beyond words and the salmon was melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
One of the funny things we noticed is that a local remodeling contractor (who is quasi-famous in Syracuse since he is featured in his own television advertisements) was "holding court" at the sushi bar, handing out the Christmas gifts to his employees and meeting with drywall subcontractors, moving off periodically to an open table and looking at plans. After the crew left, he and his major domo and their significant others settled down for their meals at the sushi bar. It became quite apparent as we watched him, and many of the customers that the clientele at Sake Bomb are repeat customers that management has come to know. Many stopped to say "hello" to the staff and were greeted by their first names. There were also quite a few families with well-behaved little ones in tow. Both those aspects give the place a homey-feel that is lacking in a lot of the restaurants in the 'Cuse area.
If we lived closer (we're about an hour to the south) I can see us going there at least twice a week! As it is, this has just jumped to "Our Favorite Sushi Restaurant" spot, and we'll be backs as often as possible!
Oh--btw, do go check out the bathrooms. They're REALLY nice. Whoever designed and built these did a great job in getting an upscale, high-end look. Who knows, maybe it was that local contractor? His business is right across the street....
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