In my never ending yuppie quest, I tried another sushi place this past weekend and I know how you all can't wait to read my review. It was good. Thanks for reading this week.
Obviously I couldn't stop with three "sentences". And you can probably see all the text below.
This trip was with the typical lawyer friend and another lawyer friend. It turns out that sushi is better done with three or four paying people because it seems to spread the cost out. With that in mind, we put all of our beer's on one guys tab and didn't pay him back at the dinner table. Thats another reason to go with others...
I was told this place would probably knock off Piranha as a favorite and I have to say...more below. I learned that teaser idea from the evening news.
Sushi Axiom is behind Central Market and is a giant open room with a bar, tables and teensy little asian women running everywhere. There had to be 100's of them. I felt like Godzilla walking around there.
Anyways, we started off with the fried calamari, which absolutely proves the oft-thought idea that frying makes everything better. Calamari, or the rocky mountain oyster of the sea, is fried and served with jalepeno slices and sauteed onions, along with an indescribable but delicious sauce. By indescribable I mean I ate there over six days ago and don't remember. I don't know how you castrate squids to get calamari (don't tell me thats not what calamari is because whatever you've heard it is, was a lie) but I bet there are some wild ocean cowboys or something. I picture them lassoing baby squid up from the depths, then they flip them out of the water and onto the deck of the boat, where two ocean cowboys pin it down while a third castrates it and tags it. The ocean cowboys wear cowboy hats and chaps just like land cowboys but also lifevests. Remember, safety first kids.
Anyways, this was a delicious dish. You could fry socks and if you served it with gravy it would be good, but this was above the sock and gravy appetizers of yesteryear. Seriously, it was good.
We also ordered some sashimi of yellowtail and salmon. Very fresh and delicious. It paired nicely with the third beer of the night. On a side note, we asked our little asian woman to spread out the food order and to not rush in bringing all the stuff we ordered. Needless to say it all come out within seconds of each other. I would complain more but I was hungry and it was good. So if you want to take your time here, order separately.
We also got some rolls. I can't remember what they were but one was fried, which as discussed above, means it was made of animal reproductive parts... wait, I mean it was good. There were two others that were also good and I get the idea that they're all pretty good except for one which was described as tasting pancakey. I'm not sure how this is bad but the guys that had it were not pleased. If you order the Aunt Jemima roll, I think you know what you're in for...
So the real purpose of this discussion is to compare this place with Piranha. As a sushi bandwagon connoisseur I have decided to pass down my judgment. Sushi Axiom probably has better food (although the rolls were drenched with more sauce than I cared for). But Piranha has the location, atmosphere and attitude. I will definitely go to Sushi Axiom again and get some of their fried calamari, but when I'm in the mood for a little more urban attitude, I'll probably go to Piranha. I think they're both great so I'm going to waffle here (not pancake) and say it depends on what you're looking for. If you don't want to deal with downtown (because you hate the success of Downtown Fort Worth) go to Sushi Axiom. If you hate urban sprawl and the idea that a restaurant could be outside the urban core, go to Piranha. Either way you'll be happy.
The prices are about even, the menus even look identical, so I would say you can't go wrong with Sushi Axiom. Let me know if you think I'm wrong. I'll explain that opinions can't be wrong, they're just different and you should respect my beliefs. Or I'll delete your comment.
I'm going to be out of town for the next week so please hold tight. I'll be back with a review of Lucille's, Angelos and Railhead. Its the BBQ head to head you've all been caring less about.
Note: Since this review was posted, Sushi Axiom has opened a location in Montgomery Plaza, at 2600 W. 7th Street. Check back for a review on that location.