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Best Japanese Food in Cleveland.
Shinano has no competitors when it comes to authentic tasting Japanese food in Cleveland. I wouldn't want to be caught at the other ones. We try other Japanese restaurants when we hear one has opened, but always return to Shinano.
We always order the Volcano Roll (crabstick and avocado topped with scallop, octopus, tobiko & mayonnaise -- heavenly!) and a random maki that we happen to be in the mood for. My husband loves their sukiyaki and never deviates. I love their salmon teriyaki teishoku, tendon, unajyu, tanuki udon, I could go on... The bean sprout side and salad dressing are wonderful, too!
Another great thing about this place is that you can order Japanese food that is not on the menu. I've gone to a few "Japanese" restaurants where I was unable to order something as simple as gyudon because the kitchen didn't know what it was.
Overpriced Lunch Sushi Not Fresh. We received very small portions, 4 pieces of Nigiri, sushi was not fresh, and two pieces of stale california role 6 pieces all together for $8.95. Waitress did not specify only 6 pieces, and no salad. My lunch mate's chicken teriyaki was awful. Worst Japanese lunch ever! We left hungry and in shock, could not believe we spent $27 for NOTHING! Been eating Japanese Food since 1987.
Always a great experience. We have been coming here for years. This is the best traditional Japanese restaurant in the Cleveland area. The sushi is great, but the noodle dishes are wonderful. Always friendly service, quiet atomosphere and great food. Never had a problem. Can't ask for much else.
Very comfortable and serene. Friendly down to earth atmosphere. Good sushi and sashimi and great appetizers. Loved the ika maruyaki, the tempura squid legs, and the oysters(fried or on half shell). Authentic Japanese noodles are excellent. The curry special with tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) was awesome!
I tried to visit this place recently; I found they had closed. I was kinda upset. But, GREAT news... I heard they are reopening in the Shops of North Solon in the Fall (2008).
Edit: Yes, they have reopened and the food and service are still great. A few minor changes to the menu but basically the same (99.9%). Steak Shinano...SUPER!! And the grilled squid is still one of the best items offered on ANY menu at ANY restaurant.
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very low key and relaxing. great sashimi and sushi. authentic Japanese noodles also very good. their grilled squid app is fantastic. wish they had a better selection of cold sake. try some (cold sake) with salmon or smelt roe or some uni...awesome. if you like a loud, bustling, 'cosmopolitan,' atmoshere,(with rude patrons) then this is not for you. if you like good japanese cuisine in a down to earth atmoshere you will love this place.
Addition: 7/29/08, I heard they closed and was really bummed, but found out recently that they are (re) opening soon in Solon, Ohio. Yeah!!!!
6/15/09- They have opened (about 61/2 months) and they didn't miss a beat. The quality of the food is still awesome..if any change it is probably better. The fried mussels and the pan sauteed shiitake mushrooms were simply fantastic. Better wine selection now.
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