2051 W Warner Rd #14 | Chandler, AZ | 85224
http://shimogamoaz.com/ | 480.899.7191
Organized by: Jenn
Somehow we have missed this gem of Japanese cuisine that has been sitting right in our backyard for 16 years! Luckily Jenn saved us from ourselves and brought us all to try what Bill said was “the best sushi he has had”.
Now I am not a sushi fan but I can appreciate good quality when I see it. The restaurant was small but comfortable and intimate. The food and service quality was premium and the flavors were wonderful. There is a really nice square table in the back that sat our group of 10 very comfortably. Down side is that there is no restroom but they are working on that.
We arrived during happy hour and took advantage of some of the specials on rolls and the crispy fried Gyoza dumplings. Many have their favorite but I did hear murmurs of delight for all of the options. Jen enjoyed the Crazy Roll because of the soy paper instead of seaweed. The Tsunami roll with no rice was another good option and Bill and Jenn really loved the Big N’ Spicy with a nice jalapeno and sriracha sauce on each bite. Karna enjoyed the Las Vegas roll but the table winner was the Tuna Belly followed by the octopus and eel.
Not being a shellfish or sushi fan, I opted for one of the entrees. The grilled black snapper is not what you would think from an American fish house. This time, I chose to have mine served Panko breaded and lightly fried. The entrees also can come in a bento style with a small salad, miso soup, potato salad, and rice.
We washed the tasty treats down with some sake, beers, and wine and finished up the night with some of the desserts. Jen’s winner was hands down the chocolate pudding with 85% cacao and mascarpone. It was not overly sweet and very creamy. There was also the green tea ice cream, the tempura ice cream which – yes – is lightly friend, and the baked cheese cake.
As always the companionship at the table is the best part of the evening with each dinner club meet up but this place was certainly deemed a winner that is worth a repeat visit!