Some neighborhood sushi spots play great music, others are fun scenes, and some just have fairly solid sushi, but Saru Sushi Bar is in a league of its own. All of the fish here is high quality and decently priced, but we especially like the kelp-cured halibut nigiri, anything with scallops, and the fatty tuna tartare tasting spoon. This place is pretty small, but it’s perfect for a nicer weeknight date.
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