Open Hours: Lunch: M-F 10a-2p; Dinner: Daily 5p-10p
This is an oasis for the traveling sushi sophisticate. Exceptionally fresh fish is crafted into a dazzling array of traditional and speciality sushi ... More
This is an oasis for the traveling sushi sophisticate. Exceptionally fresh fish is crafted into a dazzling array of traditional and speciality sushi and sashimi. Tempura, teriyaki and udon round out the menu, and edamame (green soybeans) and nasu (eggplant with sweet sauce) should start off every meal. A wide selection of sake is available, as well. The decor is as slick, urban, and contemporary as any in Los Angeles, but the service is competent and gracious in the most traditional Japanese manner.
Lunch portions were a poor value. Overall tase of food was not bad. Host/owner/manager was dismissive and treated us as though we had the plague when we walked in for lunch with our 3 year old son. He gave us the rudest look, as though we didn't belong in his restaurant. Food servers were inattentive, dismissive, although not rude. We will not be visiting this restaurant again. The hunt for a decent japanese restaurant in Monterey continues...
My wife and I ate here five years ago on our last trip to Monterey and had a very good experience- we liked the sushi, the service, the sushi chef and the contemporary interior design. Well, somethings have changed for the worst. The staff was very cold and uninviting. My wife and I had the impression that tourists are ignored until it's time to pay the bill. The selection was o.k. but a bit limited, however this is not surprising for a small sushi bar in a small town. The quality was ... good, but I would not visit it again if it was located in a big city with lots of choices. My wife is Japanese and she was offended by the way the sushi chef answered a simple request. In Japanese, there is usally more defference given to a customer, even if a request can't be met. I agree with an earlier reviewer who suggests that the emphasis is on the hip interior and atmosphere but not on service or food quality.
I shouldn't have wasted my time and money on this less-than-mediocre sushi bar. The food (sushi) was not worth the wait: not fresh at all. Maybe I walked in on a bad supply day or something.
The service was disappointing, but not too bad. The place entices first-time tourists with a hip-young-professional, sports-bar like ambience.
KOTO SUSHI right around the corner (400 Tyler St.) was much better.
I'm definitely recommending KOTO, **not** Jugem to my friends and business colleagues who visit Monterey.
VERY RUDE...AND MESSED WITH OUR FOOD. THEY PLACE THE ORDER WRONG, WE HAD TO WAIT A LONG TIME...THE COMBINED THE FOOD ON A PLATE, AFTER 10 MINUTE, FIGURED IT WAS WRONG. TOOK THE PLATE AFTER WE BEGAN EATTING. NO APPOLOGIE, OWNER WAS OFFENSIVE WHEN WE APPROACHED HIM. THEN GAVE THE FOOD OFF OUR PLATE AND SERVED TO SOMEONE WLES.