Great food, but inconsistent service. They are always very busy. The dinner portions are massive, but I went for lunch and was surprised at the difference. The chicken teryaki is so delicious though! If they had better service, i'd rate them a lot higher.
So I ended up stopping at In&Out after I went here...we checked out another review website & it had 4 stars overall with alot of 5 star ratings. We tried the Sozo roll & the red dragon roll. The Sozo roll was their special, there was tuna inside with salmon & mango on top with a mango sauce & a different sauce....IT WAS VERY CHEWY! The other sauce ??? was sticky spicy & did not taste good, didnt like the roll at all. The red dragon roll was a good concept, tempura shrimp inside with spicy tuna & a the orange mayo kind of suace on top, did not taste good either but better than the other roll. What's gross was the spicy tuna was kinda chunky and as my boyfriend was scraping it off, one of the pieces had the skin/fat or whatever they are suppose to cut off was still on it (SEE PIC I ADDED, bottom left in pic) GROSS!!! I think we each tried one peice of the Sozo & then we kind of picked at the other roll in the front. I currently have a stomach ache & will not be going back.
I went here to pick up lunch after looking at the website and all the great prices. First the menu on their website is outdated, so the great deal I thought I was getting wasn't that great. I ordered a bento w/ Chicken Teriyaki (okay, a little too sweet), 2 pieces nigiri (yummy!!), salad (okay, nothing extraordinary), rice and tempura. Stay away from the tempura!!!! The oil wasn't hot enough so it was slightly soggy/oily, not crispy at all. Who has heard of tempura being chewy?? It makes my stomach turn just to think about it. I don't forsee myself going back.
The food here is very fresh and very large portions. The Bento Special is $2 more than the other bentos and is 2x the aamount of food...sushi, rolls, and a bento box! We split it between 2 of us. Tonight we ordered the Gold Sashimi Platter..$50 for a special treat! It was enough for 4 people with lots of sashimi...maguro, super white tuna, hamachi and more that I had never seen.
It is always busy and worth the wait!
Sozo is the place where you want to get to know your chefs. They work hard and enjoy being rewarded.
The Nigiri pieces are wide and heavy, making for a somewhat two-bites per piece. While not always preferred, the fish was very fresh and very enjoyable. The rolls were also very well prepared.
Sitting at the Sushi Bar, I was able to share a round of Saki with the chefs. But not before we got to know each other. What a great dinner time experience.
A great evening out and a small strip-mall Sushi house.
I have eaten at Sozo a number of times and found only one thing to be always good - the Nigiri Saki. The Caterpillar roll sometimes comes looking as if it fell of the plate and was put back on and other times looking great with small Octopus rings for eyes, etc. The problem is too many times it does not come complete as if no effort was put in. I ordered a number of drinks (various Snapple flavors) from the menu and they were out of all of them?? The Teriyaki sauce has a little burnt flavor that I do not like compared to sweeter sauces. Udon is average and so is the Kontasu.