Dec 6, 2009

Sensei Sushi, Merida

The CRC, on a neverending quest for decent sushi in the formerly white Merida, had a go at Sensei Sushi, yet another Japanese restaurant to recently open its' doors to Meridas' undemanding sushi fans. If it's got cream cheese in it, it must be good, seems to be the motto.

The cantankerous Critic, along with the Better Half, had a quick lunch there two days ago.

The room is much nicer than what the Critic had come to expect after putting up with the faltering Campay, tolerating Shaolin and surviving the ghastly Konsushi. Quality furnishings in an airy, bright, well put together design that evokes a sense of purpose; as opposed to the amateurish and the frankly chaotic of the other restaurants mentioned above.

The Better Half had ordered 3 rolls off the table card and so the Critic is not sure what their names were, but all three were better than expected. A salmon nigiri ordered for dessert (a Casual Restaurant Critic sushi tradition) was perfect; the salmon cut thick and ice cold, served on a perfect portion of rice with a light brush of wasabi.

Sensei made a good first impression, with of course the usual exception typical of all Merida restaurants:* the service sucked. Slow, inattentive and sloppy, it was embarassing.

It is decent enough as a sushi option in Merida if you aren't particular about the service end of eating out.

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*Two Merida restaurants come to mind if good service is important to you: La Recova and La Susana. The rest, and I'm sorry my dear Yucas, all suck to some degree.








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9 comments:

Tom and Debi said...

Hola CRC, ¿qué onda? ¿and just where is this Sensei of which you speak? Location please.
gracias
Debi

William Lawson said...

Hola Debi - Sensei in on the Avenida that runs between Montejo and the Altabrisa area. Can you find Boxito Kalia? Just after that, on your right, coming from Montejo, heading towards Altabrisa, on your right is yet another plaza with Sensei on the corner. Let me know if you find it!

Anonymous said...

Dear CRC,

I agree with you regarding the superior quality, ambiance, and taste of Sensei over many other "sushi" places in Merida.
However, I disagree on your comment about the service. I have been there many times and the waiting staff has always been friendly and greets us with smiling faces. Maybe you didn't give them a chance or maybe it was a bad day or maybe they were not the perky co-eds with lots of "flair" that you can see at US-based chains. And I do not think all Yuca servers suck. Seriously disagree with that generalization.

Anyway, now I am going to be a Casual Grammar Critic (you can call me CGC) and mention that in your little blurb about Sensei you have a sentence with two very bad apostrophe-related errors. You wrote: "... open its' doors to Meridas' undemanding sushi fans." and it should be "...open its doors to Merida's undemanding..."
In your words, those errors could and should be labeled as both "ghastly" and "embarrassing."

Kuha said...

I would agree with this critic months ago... Now Sensei sushi is probably the most disgusting japanese food you would find in Merida.

In the last months:

My boyfriend and his dad got served the green part of the salmon. A part you must never serve neither eat.

My cousins and sister went there to dinner and the next day they were horribly sick... Idiots went back some weeks after with the same result.

I ordered it for home two time for me and my sisters, one would think quality is lower in this service but how worst it can get from a restaurant that is ALMOST NEXT TO MY HOUSE? The sushi was horrible, made in pieces like if they shaked the box so the wasabi was all over covering the sushi, the ingredients felt "old" and like if they had been more than 10 hours outside a fridge (it was salmon), this happened both times and I won't ask sushi from them this way. No other restaurant gave me this crappy service, not even the oens that are far from my house.

And also, they now (in an attempt to save ingredients I guess) overuse cream cheese with disgusting results.

A message for them: I already sent Teruko Japanese illustrator whose drawings got badly trace and pasted all over the restaurant) the photographies and scans of the marketing and and unfortunately she doesn't have enough money for a lawsuit... As soon as the restaurant opened I tried to contact them in the issue but they made it impossible, I tried to expose the issue in a blog of someone who claimed to be the brother of the owner but he deleted my comments LOL.

I tried to forget that mess and kept going there to eat... But for things mentioned before (the green salmon, the cheese cream, my family getting sick, the bad service) I felt like writing this.

Kuha said...

I would agree with this critic months ago... Now Sensei sushi is probably the most disgusting japanese food you would find in Merida.

In the last months:

My boyfriend and his dad got served the green part of the salmon. A part you must never serve neither eat.

My cousins and sister went there to dinner and the next day they were horribly sick... Idiots went back some weeks after with the same result.

I ordered it for home two time for me and my sisters, one would think quality is lower in this service but how worst it can get from a restaurant that is ALMOST NEXT TO MY HOUSE? The sushi was horrible, made in pieces like if they shaked the box so the wasabi was all over covering the sushi, the ingredients felt "old" and like if they had been more than 10 hours outside a fridge (it was salmon), this happened both times and I won't ask sushi from them this way. No other restaurant gave me this crappy service, not even the oens that are far from my house.

And also, they now (in an attempt to save ingredients I guess) overuse cream cheese with disgusting results.

Kuha said...

BTW, you should try Miyabi. Words aren't enough to explain how delicious the food there is. I used to say "all salmon and tuna in every japanese restaurant tastes almost the same"... No with Miyabi, there the ingredient quality is simply dreamy. The ambient is very calm with soft japanese music at the background. Decorated with cherry blossom stickers and I love all the little details around you: They give porcelain soy sauce containers: blue for men and pink for women, the hashi comes in an origami hashi holder made with pink paper with flower patterns...

They server sweet bean and green tea ice creams which are delicious... You should go there, it's in the same plaza as the big two floor Segafredo, next to Wok to Walk.

Miyabi and Campay are my favorite japanese restaurants :P

FRED_CEO said...

HAHA, seems like KUHA owns miyabi, and tries to make a really bad impression for some good restaurants in Merida. SHAME ON YOU!!!.
Ive been to campay, konsushi, sensei, miyabi, and other little sushis (im a sushi fan), and my favorites are Campay and Sensei BY FAR. In service, delivery, (Presentation of Delivery with the boxes, envelopes, please EVEN in the states I havent seen that kind of detail) , FOOD, the food is excellent in both places. PLEASE CRC, if here we can post critics, dont allow that PPL such as Kuha do such kind of comments. If you are unhappy with some service, GO TO THE MANAGER, CALL, WRITE IN THE COMMENT LITTLE PAPER THAT THEY GIVE YOU WITH THE CHECK, OR SIMPLE DONT PAY YOUR FOOD, WHY YOU KEEP GOING?? HAHAHA !!! Campay Rules, Miyabi ok just a plus that they have a japanese girl as hostess and SENSEI ROCKS, its the only one thats always full, Thank You.

William Lawson said...

Well here you go Fred - your comment is up!

And I think everyone can comment; usually the comments speak for themselves, wouldn't you agree?

I haven't been back to Sensei by the way, but I admit I DO like Miyabi, a lot.

Also, have you been to Yamamoto in Cancun? Good stuff.

Anonymous said...

Dear CRC,

Your friend the Casual Grammar Critic here again. Last December I went back to Merida and had a chance to visit Sensei again. This time I went to the new one in Francisco de Montejo because the original Sensei was closed due to maintenance or something like that. I have to be honest and tell you I still loved the food, service and particularly mood/ambience of the restaurant.
As a fanatic of Japanese food and culture (including manga and anime) who is not a naive 20 year old anymore (well... if 40 is the new 20 indeed, then I am in great shape), I was pretty shocked to see kuha/karem/k-zumi's comment about the food and, above all things, design of Sensei. By looking at her comment and her profile (including her drawings of sex toys, but hey... you do what you can), I can tell she is closer to the naive 20-something "otaku" crowd, and I really can't see how the drawings from Sensei's walls were "badly trace (sic) and pasted" from the illustrator she cites, who apparently does amateur manga images of girls with panties as hats. Once you move out of the naive 20-year old zone, well... you can see that many manga products look similar in Japan and many other countries.
So, recommendations for kuha/karem/k-zumi: 1) If the food at Sensei is "disgusting," then a) don't go and/or b) complain to the managers in the restaurant. 2) If you really know that the drawings are not original, then talk to the restaurant managers and/or show the evidence. Badmouthing a fine, popular restaurant while she still eats there (apparently she is a regular from what she says).
Dear CRC... go back to Sensei and write and updated review to really give an expert opinion.