Price: Usually cheap but not too cheap ($20-40 pp)/ on this occasion came in at "OK" ($40 pp)
Good reinvention of an old favourite.
Most of the old favourites are there but the range has expanded giving some much needed variety (after 10-15 years it's good to shake things up). Some of the sauces (e.g. on the tofu and seaweed salad) were a little too sweet but overall still tasty and worth revisiting. A normal couple could get away with a set (e.g. tempura set) and another smaller dish.
Wagyu skewers were ok but not super soft. We'd query the cut used or if there was a marble score on this wagyu.
Seaweed salad updated and good. Dressing was maybe a little sweet.
Sushimi entree felt a bit pricy at $15.80 for 9 pieces but decent quality and on reflection it seems to be around the standard price point.
Tempura set - for $26 this is really good value. 3 pieces of sashimi, mini udon, bowl of rice, soup, 4 pieces of mini Sushi, 8 pieces of tempura (including 2 pawn, 2 fish) and a scoop of ice cream (vanilla or green tea - we picked green tea)
Earl Grey Crème brulee was good, a little more Earl Grey flavour would really hit home but it had enough to be acceptable. Much better than last time, much smoother.
Green Tea Ice Cream - usually good here and continued to be. Better than another fancier place that we'll write about soon.
Sushi Samurai was one of our regular places and we hadn't been back since May 2013 opting for the quick/cheap eat style Tamagetaya which is next door and part of the same group.
We were invited to eat here as guests of the owners but to avoid any special treatment we went 2 months late and incognito.
Some have commented that the owners have changed since the makeover. We noted that the name on the credit card slip has changed so either the new owners bought the entire group or the old owners have changed business structure. Plus look around and you see it's all the same people.