|Address:||686 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14607, USA|
|Working:||11:30AM–10PM 11:30AM–10PM 11:30AM–10PM 11:30AM–10PM 11:30AM–10:30PM 11:30AM–10:30PM 4:30–10PM|
The Plum House brings Sushi to Monroe Ave. in a unique way with a variety of Sushi rolls you cant find anywhere else. The problem I run into with this place is the Sushi here is Americanized. Now what do I mean by this? This means in most of the menu you will find Sushi Rolls/Combinations that contain plenty of cream cheese, mayo, and fo fo toppings/garnishes. Looking throughout the menu, I had an extremely hard time of finding sushi that stuck to its original roots of highlighting the fish. So the combinations werent appealing if you like it simple and raw. I see sections and cuts in the menu that where overly dedicated to having Sushi done in some sort of tempura style, thats like getting Fried Shrimp at Red Lobster. I also did not like the style of just blasting the Sushi rolls with a ton of toppings, and garnishes. I had to ask myself, Im I trying the Sushi or the Sauce? The overall quality of the fish was just ok, and how can you tell with all the toppings? Try out the Sashimi/Sushi Combo, as this will give you an amazing starting point to the quality of fish served. The dining environment inside is very dim to create that intimate atmosphere, and the Sushi Bar was elegant to sit at. However, my Sushi Chef was not personal, and should have asked me what kind of rolls I preferred in my Sushi/Sashimi Combo. Knowing that he did not do that meant he was going to cheap out, and sure enough he did. While not bad, the Sushi wasnt a wow I want to come back real fast either, just wasnt my style. MISO SOUP/GINGER SALAD: some of the BEST Miso Soup and Ginger Salad I have tasted throughout many Asian Restaurants!! This Miso Soup had a perfectly swirled broth, that wasnt too thin or thick in texture. It included ample amounts of fresh tofu pieces, and kale uplifting the flavors of the broth. The Ginger Salad was HUGE, as I liked the bigger bowl with more greens. This was my favorite Ginger Dressing I have tried to date, as it was thick with the eggs blending in well with the honey. The pronounced flavors of the honey made you want to eat this dressing in spoonfuls. APPETIZER: Tuna Tartar- this is my favorite here, as it combined simple ingredients masterfully. The plating was beautiful, as it had towering layers of tuna with a quail egg on top. It even took it a step further by placing salmon roe eggs around the tower, combined together creating a flavorful and fresh taste on your pallet. SUSHI and SASHIMI COMBO: I had a HUGE issue with this entrée, for the fact that the Sashimi pieces came out too COLD or almost FROZEN. I swear I couldnt taste any flavors of the Tuna, Snapper, or Salmon, just this icy exterior that blocked the internal flavors. The Sushi rolls where simple, but the quality of the yellow-fin, tuna, and crab where mediocre at best. The squid piece was way too chewy, almost clogging my throat with a tentacle. No fo fo toppings in this dish, no flavor for that matter either. The reviews carry the same pattern of behavior about this combo. North Pole Roll- This was closest I could find on the entire menu that combined decent ingredients together, and kept true to the fish. I enjoyed the taste of the salmon mixed in with the green onions, and tobika inside. I always loved the fact that they wrapped the entire roll in Salmon. Eel California Roll- It was devastating for me NOT to find a decent eel roll on this menu. To use a California Roll as your base with sautéed eel on top is so American, and laughable. To then charge people 10.95 for it, is equally a rip-off. This place combines basic vegetable ingredients, but gives you very little fish sushi combinations. Do I even need to review this entrée? I dont think so. Dragon Roll- Great a Sushi roll I found WITHOUT cream cheese, and mayo. This was the better of the 2 eel rolls, but not by that much. Again, its not original to combine eel with both avocado and cucumbers. They know that, which is why this roll is plastered with garnishes, and eel sauce.
I cant believe how many positive reviews this place has, I went there for lunch the other day and will never return. Its not that the food made me sick, its that there are so many better options for sushi in this town. The restaurant is a hole in the wall, dingy, dirty and just didnt feel clean. That isnt confidence inspiring when youre going to eat raw fish. The food was meh - the salad dressing was horrible. Not sure what they used but it wasnt the traditional orange ginger dressing youll find at most sushi houses. It tasted like mayo. Gross. The sushi, well, was there. Wasnt anything spectacular. I guess if I didnt know any better it would have been OK, but I do know better, and thats why Im giving Plum House a 1 star review. If youre seeking really good sushi, head over to Nikkos on South Ave ext.
Came here for my birthday, what a mistake. I almost never walk out of a restaurant saying "never again", but I have to say it for this place. I had sushi here and the fish tasted like it had been frozen. Against my better judgement I had the salad which tasted off and not clean. 24 hours later I was sick with food poisoning, though objectively it could have been unrelated. Finally, our food took a little longer than expected. When I asked about it I was told it would be right out but it was at least another 15 minutes.
A Private User
Their menu is extensive with lots of sushi selections plus the regular tempura and noodle dishes most places have. My husband and I went for the sushi, but ordered edamame and a noodle dish for the kids which they all loved (even the one-year-old). The waitresses were great to the kids, and the sushi arrived quickly and was delicious. Seaweed salad was yummy too. The bill was extremely reasonable... weve paid double for worse sushi at California Rollin. Highly recommend this place, and we will be back.
A Private User
Nothing Special, Service was not very good. I had to actually get out of my chair and go get the server. This was after she ignored three attempts to flag her down.The Sashimi was good but overpriced for the portions. The other Kitchen Dinners were very good. Server charged for extra soup and forgot one salad. She fixed that error by deducting 2 soups. I would not write off the Plum House however if you are looking for good Sashimi/Sushi this might not be the place.
Waiting for take-out, could see into the tiny kitchen. It did not look very clean and the cook had butt crack showing. Hardly what one should expect in any business, never mind one that serves food. I asked if they had two very basic items, one to Japanese cooking, dashi; the other very basic sushi rice roll called nori maki. They did not have a clue what I was talking about. I doubt if even one person working there had any knowledge of Japanese cuisine.
The negative reviews on here are ridiculous, this place is the best sushi in Rochester. Knock yourself out and try them all, but I have yet to find one as consistently tasty and high quality as Plum House. I recommend getting the lunch special first, its very reasonably priced and a good introduction to some of their rolls. The hakkaido roll and Waikiki are two of our favorites. The Yaki Udon noodles are also great.