After moving to the suburbs from Hoboken, my husband and I lamented the lack of an exceptional sushi restaurant. In Hoboken, it’s hard to walk down the street without passing at least one sushi spot, and while they aren’t extraordinary, most surpass what we tried in the suburbs. Our Hoboken favorite was Robongi. Once Mizu Sushi opened in Cranford, though, we were able to claim a new favorite sushi spot.
Nestled in Cranford’s downtown, Mizu Sushi is a place where care is taken not only with the food served, but with the service provided. On one visit, the waitress saw we had brought sake and gave us sliced cucumber to put in our sake glasses, which brought a smoothness to the sake we hadn’t tasted before. We visit often enough that the waiters can now recite our orders as soon as we sit down. That may make us predictable, but it also shows Mizu’s attention to detail.
The restaurant offers a number of standard hot entrees, including udon soup (perfect for warming up on cold winter nights), chicken teriyaki, and pineapple fried rice. The entrees are solid, but the main attraction is the sushi. An order of sushi and sashimi for two delivers a platter piled high with pieces of sushi and sashimi, as well as rolls. The variety of fish can change but yellowtail, tuna, and salmon are always included. All of the sushi is flavorful and fresh, but the salmon is the standout. It nearly melts in your mouth, and without fail I always save it for last. Mizu was where I first discovered my love for white tuna, and now I’ll fight my husband to make sure I get the last piece.
Mizu also offers dishes you might be hard pressed to find at other New Jersey sushi restaurants, like sweet shrimp (ama ebi) – sweet, tender, shrimp that can be eaten in one bite. For sushi non-purists, the restaurant has special rolls with names like “Hot Sexy Roll” (yellowtail, jalapeno, and seared spicy scallop), “Strawberry Heaven Roll” (spicy crab with strawberry outside), and “Sweet Lady Roll” (shrimp tempura and mango with spicy tuna). And did I mention it’s BYO? So bring a bottle of sake or wine and enjoy some of the best sushi the suburbs have to offer.
103 N. Union Avenue