Posted on | April 7, 2010 | by Jason Casséus | 1 Comment
With the weather warming up, I decided to head to Jin Restaurant with a few friends for their awesome Happy Hour Special. There’s a vast selection of items (beer, sake, rolls, dumplings, along with cooked items such as yakitori, etc.) are all just $3 during the pre-dinner rush, every day of the week. With so few good sushi restaurants open for lunch & the weather being so nice, it made complete sense to take a stroll in search of some extremely well priced food & booze. The decor of the place is nice, with a lot of bamboo accents on the walls. There are 2 bars in the restaurant (1 sushi bar & the other for drinking). Open outer doors & the lack of a busy lunch crowd gave the place an airy feel.
After ordering some beer (Sapporo) & house Sake we were looking through the Happy Hour menu & decided to start with the Shrimp Shumai (6 pieces) which were simply steamed, served with a dipping sauce and shredded carrot & greens (more garnish than anything else). The shumai was far less dense than some inferior-quality shumai that I’ve had before. Instead of being a ‘lump’ of shrimp (or paste for that matter) wrapped in wonton, you could really taste the shrimp & its texture.
We also ordered the Avocado Salad which was served with mixed greens and a carrot & ginger dressing. Unfortunately, the dressing was slightly on the salty side & the mixed greens really didn’t do much. The avocado was fresh, a really simple, but tasty start.
Our sushi rolls finally arrived & just in time! We ended up ordering 6 rolls for a total of 36 pieces. 2 Eel Avocado Rolls, 1 Spicy Tuna w/Crunch Roll, 1 Tuna Roll, 1 Salmon & Avocado Roll and finally 1 White Tuna & Avocado Roll. All of the rolls were good & very fresh (in particular the salmon), but I’ll admit that nothing really blew me away. We were all full after eating the rolls however & for a total of $18 no less (plus our drinks & appetizers). The service was good & all in all, Jin is a great choice for a tasty bargain lunch. If you’re hungry in the Lower East Side, check them out!
Jin Restaurant: 252 Broome Street btwn Ludlow & Orchard St.