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It's true, they're heavy on the salmon- it's always what they give away as a promotion or special (there were free salmon appetizers when they opened their new place last year). They buy a huge amount of it everyday at Makro (I saw the chef at the Mae Hia branch one day picking up his order), and I suppose it's their main profit dish. I order everything a la carte, so it would be at least half salmon either way as it's my preferred sashimi.

I find their maguro a bit lacking in comparison, though I wouldn't say it's bad.

My main dislike of the place is the Thai chili sauce they use in some of their rolls, so I tend to avoid them, but their other dishes are the best I've had locally. My wife and I can leave stuffed for less than 1K (we don't drink alcohol, so that helps) and that's ordering their more 'expensive' (which is actually on the cheap side in comparison to other places) stuff.

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Not a sushi pro by any means but I didn't think it was a traditional Japanese fish

I'll try it but it will be hard to beat my CM fav sushi place where they go to the sea and get their fish every week

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Not a sushi pro by any means but I didn't think it was a traditional Japanese fish

I'll try it but it will be hard to beat my CM fav sushi place where they go to the sea and get their fish every week

I agree... That little shop on the north side of the moat, owned and operated by the guy who goes deep sea fishing every week to bring back his own fish for sushi can't be beat! But his shop has a limited menu. Fresh and delicious, but limited. There is a LOT more to Japanese cuisine than just sushi and sashimi. And that's where 'Ai Sushi' shines. Its menu is extensive, and covers the spectrum of Japanese cooking. The only thing I do NOT remember seeing on it is Chanko Nabe, but I doubt Thailand's weather would make anyone really look for a Nabe dish except for a week or two in early February.

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Not a sushi pro by any means but I didn't think it was a traditional Japanese fish

I'll try it but it will be hard to beat my CM fav sushi place where they go to the sea and get their fish every week

I agree... That little shop on the north side of the moat, owned and operated by the guy who goes deep sea fishing every week to bring back his own fish for sushi can't be beat! But his shop has a limited menu. Fresh and delicious, but limited. There is a LOT more to Japanese cuisine than just sushi and sashimi. And that's where 'Ai Sushi' shines. Its menu is extensive, and covers the spectrum of Japanese cooking. The only thing I do NOT remember seeing on it is Chanko Nabe, but I doubt Thailand's weather would make anyone really look for a Nabe dish except for a week or two in early February.

I'm also not very well versed in Japanese food in general, would love a tutorial dinner date :)

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Not a sushi pro by any means but I didn't think it was a traditional Japanese fish

I'll try it but it will be hard to beat my CM fav sushi place where they go to the sea and get their fish every week

I agree... That little shop on the north side of the moat, owned and operated by the guy who goes deep sea fishing every week to bring back his own fish for sushi can't be beat! But his shop has a limited menu. Fresh and delicious, but limited. There is a LOT more to Japanese cuisine than just sushi and sashimi. And that's where 'Ai Sushi' shines. Its menu is extensive, and covers the spectrum of Japanese cooking. The only thing I do NOT remember seeing on it is Chanko Nabe, but I doubt Thailand's weather would make anyone really look for a Nabe dish except for a week or two in early February.

I'm also not very well versed in Japanese food in general, would love a tutorial dinner date smile.png

It could happen... so long as I don't have to put out afterwards... cheesy.gif

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^^^ you boys are aware of the private message function aren't you?

Still jealous I didn't ask you to the prom?

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This seems to be the most recent topic on the subject of sushi, and the final post is over a year old. 

 

Anything new on this restaurant, or sushi in general?  I'm in the mood for sushi, not supermarket sushi and not elegant Japanese dining, just a place with good sushi, wasabe and ginger for a reasonable price, with beer to wash it down.  Something like the old Sushi Box would work.

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3 hours ago, heybruce said:

This seems to be the most recent topic on the subject of sushi, and the final post is over a year old. 

 

Anything new on this restaurant, or sushi in general?  I'm in the mood for sushi, not supermarket sushi and not elegant Japanese dining, just a place with good sushi, wasabe and ginger for a reasonable price, with beer to wash it down.  Something like the old Sushi Box would work.

 

Ai Sushi, on Huay Kaew Rd, just next to the Shell station, is as good as any small neighborhood sushi shop in Japan, although their sashimi selection is limited. The menu is quite varied, but very authentically Japanese, with the addition of quite a few 'fusion' creations too. The set menu is well laid out, and presented exactly as you'd get it in Japan, and the prices are a good value.  I lived in Kyoto for 15 years before moving to Chiang Mai, and going into Ai Sushi is a stroll down memory lane. I wish the sashimi selection was bigger, to include a variety of shell fish and other hard-fleshed fish, but this is Chiang Mai. I'll take what I can get.

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On 8/5/2017 at 5:41 AM, FolkGuitar said:

 

Ai Sushi, on Huay Kaew Rd, just next to the Shell station, is as good as any small neighborhood sushi shop in Japan, although their sashimi selection is limited. The menu is quite varied, but very authentically Japanese, with the addition of quite a few 'fusion' creations too. The set menu is well laid out, and presented exactly as you'd get it in Japan, and the prices are a good value.  I lived in Kyoto for 15 years before moving to Chiang Mai, and going into Ai Sushi is a stroll down memory lane. I wish the sashimi selection was bigger, to include a variety of shell fish and other hard-fleshed fish, but this is Chiang Mai. I'll take what I can get.

I will check it out.  Thank you.

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On 4/23/2016 at 5:50 PM, FolkGuitar said:

When it comes to Japanese restaurants, the one next to the Shell Station on Huay Kaew Rd has some of the more 'authentic' tastes in town. Certainly better than any of the shopping mall Japanese restaurants!

It has a rather large menu selection, and everything is served Japanese style, and at prices that aren't too bad.

Having lived and worked in Japan for more than 15 years before coming to Thailand, I was surprised to find a place that 'felt' like a Japanese restaurant here in Chiang Mai. While the service isn't up to Japanese standards, it's not really too bad, and definitely better than what we find in most Thai restaurants . The food is fresh and presented in a Japanese manner, even on the same plates and bowls you'll fined in any family-style restaurant in Japan. The foods all taste the way you'd expect them to as well; good... but not something to write home about.

I do have one complaint, though, and that is the selection of sushi in their 'sushi set' leaves a lot to be desired, so when I order that, I just add a few 'a la cart' plates along side. Problem solved, and a pleasant Japanese meal in comfortable surroundings close to home.

Um, CM is a long way from the ocean. Do you expect fresh seafood in Chiang Mai?

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15 hours ago, Ruffian Dick said:

Um, CM is a long way from the ocean. Do you expect fresh seafood in Chiang Mai?

 

No but one day they might invent a flying machine :saai:

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2 hours ago, junglechef said:

 

No but one day they might invent a flying machine :saai:

 

If man were meant to fly, God would have given us First Class seats...

 

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On 8/5/2017 at 5:41 AM, FolkGuitar said:

 

Ai Sushi, on Huay Kaew Rd, just next to the Shell station, is as good as any small neighborhood sushi shop in Japan, although their sashimi selection is limited. The menu is quite varied, but very authentically Japanese, with the addition of quite a few 'fusion' creations too. The set menu is well laid out, and presented exactly as you'd get it in Japan, and the prices are a good value.  I lived in Kyoto for 15 years before moving to Chiang Mai, and going into Ai Sushi is a stroll down memory lane. I wish the sashimi selection was bigger, to include a variety of shell fish and other hard-fleshed fish, but this is Chiang Mai. I'll take what I can get.

I tried Ai Sushi on Friday.  The service could have been better, it took me a few minutes to catch the eye of a waiter and order another beer.  Also, a sushi place should have one or two Japanese beers available.

 

That being said, the food was excellent and the prices reasonable.  I will definitely go back.

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