Not only was it a sushi bar, it was — and is today — a really good sushi bar, and we’ve eaten lots of sushi in a lot of different places, including many in Japan.
I was, frankly, shocked to see Tokyo come in third in this year’s ”Best of OKC.” Sushi Neko usually gets No. 1 and, to be fair, I can understand its appeal. I will admit and even applaud the fact that Neko serves good sushi, but I find flashy atmosphere a detraction from the sacred sushi experience. But In the Raw Sushi? It is a chain, for heaven’s sake!
Tokyo lacks the flash of the other two places. It is just a great family-style restaurant that flies under the radar. The important factor is that it has employed the same chef for the last 25 years. In sushi, this kind of thing really matters. The guy is an artist who pays close attention to his craft. I’ve watched him work.
Sushi eaters of OKC, get a grip and go to Tokyo.
—Mack Paul, Norman
Editor’s note: In the Raw Sushi is an Oklahoma-based chain and, therefore. was eligible for Oklahoma Gazette’s “Best of OKC.”