Shimogamo

★★★★★
  • 2051 W Warner Rd 14

    Chandler, AZ 85224

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  • 480-899-7191

About Shimogamo

Hours
Sat: 5pm-10pm, Sun-Thu: 5pm-9:30pm, Fri: 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm

Food

Food
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I frequent many sushi bars in the area and I would not recommend this place at all. My usual meal at every sushi restaurant is a chirashi bowl and a spicy tuna roll. A chirashi bowl is a bowl of mixed sashimi on a bed of rice. For me it is

3
★★★★★

I frequent many sushi bars in the area and I would not recommend this place at all. My usual meal at every sushi restaurant is a chirashi bowl and a spicy tuna roll. A chirashi bowl is a bowl of mixed sashimi on a bed of rice. For me it is

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I just want to say a couple things quickly about Shimogamo the place is delicious. And the staff is really friendly. But more importantly I want to know what competitor restaurant the guy who wrote the ten page review works at? Seriously I wonder if he went to the same restaurant as me. What an ass-hole, he lives in Arizona and is upset about the Mexicans working at an establishment? I hope you choke on your overpriced las Vegas roll from whatever sushi place you work for. Tool

5
★★★★★

I just want to say a couple things quickly about Shimogamo the place is delicious. And the staff is really friendly. But more importantly I want to know what competitor restaurant the guy who wrote the ten page review works at? Seriously I wonder if he went to the same restaurant as me. What an ass-hole, he lives in Arizona and is upset about the Mexicans working at an establishment? I hope you choke on your overpriced las Vegas roll from whatever sushi place you work for. Tool

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First and foremost we would like to quickly introduce ourselves. We have been enjoying Japanese cuisine for a long time, and have been to a great number of Sushi bars and Japanese Restaurants in the Valley of the Sun. Being the Japanese food lovers that we are, we have ventured into as many a Sushi-ya as we could find. We might not be professional connoisseurs, but we know what great Sushi tastes like.

Here's our humble opinion on Chandler??s so-called Hole-in-the-wall treasure, gem of the city sushi-ya, called Shimogamo Sushi. This is such a less than average Sushi-ya, we are inclined to think some of the other reviews you can find for this restaurant come from Shimogamo's staff and owners, or inexperienced Americans who have never tasted real traditional Sushi.

The service:

The staff and owners might have been Japanese once upon a time in the distant past, we don't know and can't be sure, for the only two Itamae, or sushi chefs, were Mexican-American, not Japanese as some reviewers claim, and out of the three waiters we saw, only one of them was Asian. The claim that this place is owned and operated predominantly by Japanese is simply untrue and inaccurate. We could hear Spanish being spoken in the kitchens too, not Japanese. We know Japanese, we speak Japanese, and no-one spoke a single Japanese word while we were there.

The first disappointment was the Mexican-American Itamae's "Hello" when we walked through the front door. Some reviewers have claimed that you are greeted with the Japanese "irasshaimase," which means "welcome to our business" when you enter. This is a lie. This might have been a traditional Sushi-ya at some point in the past, but it's certainly not anymore. It seems to us that they've gone out of their way to Americanize it completely. Our Itamae was very rude, and snappy. He seemed to realize we weren't impressed with his attitude because he adjusted a bit towards the end.

The food:

Bring your microscope. You are going to need it in order to find the food on your plate. Theirs were the smallest Sushi rolls we have seen in the Valley. We were still charged the average price you expect to pay at a better, more traditional Sushi-ya for a comparable roll. We don't mind paying what good Sushi costs. It's not about the price, it never is, and forgive us but this micro sushi is not worth what they are charging for it. And for this reason we are not very keen to come back even after they gave us a small discount on our bill, and a 10% off coupon on our next visit for being first time customers. If I owned this Sushi-ya I would put my effort on making quality sushi and food that will make customers keep coming for more. I would certainly not try to bribe them with a 10% discount.

The physical appeal of the Maki Sushi was unappealing. A good, seasoned Itamae will prepare and present your Sushi in such a beautiful way, that you will not be sure whether to eat it, or to take it home, encase it in glass, and protect it from harm for the rest of your life. This was obviously not the case at Shimogamo. A 12 year old could have prepared the rolls better than the ones we were served.

The only good point that this Sushi-ya has, is that they serve special Sushi on the weekends in both rolls and nigiri presentation, and we were able to taste some of it. They had baby yellow tail which was delicious, although they never came back to us when we asked how much the Toro, or fatty tuna special sushi, was so we could have some of it.

Overall, this is not the place you'd want to go if what you are looking for is a traditional atmosphere or quality Sushi. We left with an unpleasant feeling of dissatisfaction and a half ways empty stomach after spending a considerable amount that should have left us happy in any other adequate Sushi-ya. This might be a good place if you are looking for special Sushi and you don't have transportation or the desire to drive down to Phoenix or Goodyear to get the same special sushi but at a better, more traditional Sushi-ya.

Henna-Gaijin futari desu.

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★★☆☆☆

First and foremost we would like to quickly introduce ourselves. We have been enjoying Japanese cuisine for a long time, and have been to a great number of Sushi bars and Japanese Restaurants in the Valley of the Sun. Being the Japanese food lovers that we are, we have ventured into as many a Sushi-ya as we could find. We might not be professional connoisseurs, but we know what great Sushi tastes like.

Here's our humble opinion on Chandler??s so-called Hole-in-the-wall treasure, gem of the city sushi-ya, called Shimogamo Sushi. This is such a less than average Sushi-ya, we are inclined to think some of the other reviews you can find for this restaurant come from Shimogamo's staff and owners, or inexperienced Americans who have never tasted real traditional Sushi.

The service:

The staff and owners might have been Japanese once upon a time in the distant past, we don't know and can't be sure, for the only two Itamae, or sushi chefs, were Mexican-American, not Japanese as some reviewers claim, and out of the three waiters we saw, only one of them was Asian. The claim that this place is owned and operated predominantly by Japanese is simply untrue and inaccurate. We could hear Spanish being spoken in the kitchens too, not Japanese. We know Japanese, we speak Japanese, and no-one spoke a single Japanese word while we were there.

The first disappointment was the Mexican-American Itamae's "Hello" when we walked through the front door. Some reviewers have claimed that you are greeted with the Japanese "irasshaimase," which means "welcome to our business" when you enter. This is a lie. This might have been a traditional Sushi-ya at some point in the past, but it's certainly not anymore. It seems to us that they've gone out of their way to Americanize it completely. Our Itamae was very rude, and snappy. He seemed to realize we weren't impressed with his attitude because he adjusted a bit towards the end.

The food:

Bring your microscope. You are going to need it in order to find the food on your plate. Theirs were the smallest Sushi rolls we have seen in the Valley. We were still charged the average price you expect to pay at a better, more traditional Sushi-ya for a comparable roll. We don't mind paying what good Sushi costs. It's not about the price, it never is, and forgive us but this micro sushi is not worth what they are charging for it. And for this reason we are not very keen to come back even after they gave us a small discount on our bill, and a 10% off coupon on our next visit for being first time customers. If I owned this Sushi-ya I would put my effort on making quality sushi and food that will make customers keep coming for more. I would certainly not try to bribe them with a 10% discount.

The physical appeal of the Maki Sushi was unappealing. A good, seasoned Itamae will prepare and present your Sushi in such a beautiful way, that you will not be sure whether to eat it, or to take it home, encase it in glass, and protect it from harm for the rest of your life. This was obviously not the case at Shimogamo. A 12 year old could have prepared the rolls better than the ones we were served.

The only good point that this Sushi-ya has, is that they serve special Sushi on the weekends in both rolls and nigiri presentation, and we were able to taste some of it. They had baby yellow tail which was delicious, although they never came back to us when we asked how much the Toro, or fatty tuna special sushi, was so we could have some of it.

Overall, this is not the place you'd want to go if what you are looking for is a traditional atmosphere or quality Sushi. We left with an unpleasant feeling of dissatisfaction and a half ways empty stomach after spending a considerable amount that should have left us happy in any other adequate Sushi-ya. This might be a good place if you are looking for special Sushi and you don't have transportation or the desire to drive down to Phoenix or Goodyear to get the same special sushi but at a better, more traditional Sushi-ya.

Henna-Gaijin futari desu.

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Shimogamo offers the best and freshest sushi in a relaxing atmosphere. The Sushi chefs are freindly and entertaining, and will delight your tastebuds with creative dishes. Shimogamo also offers delicious cooked entrees.

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Shimogamo offers the best and freshest sushi in a relaxing atmosphere. The Sushi chefs are freindly and entertaining, and will delight your tastebuds with creative dishes. Shimogamo also offers delicious cooked entrees.

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