100 Very Best Restaurants 2017: Sushi Sono

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Photo by Scott Suchman.

Elaborate sushi rolls are often vehicles for subpar fish. Not so at this lakeside Japanese gem, where maki are thoughtfully composed to highlight flavor and texture—and halt conversation, as when a shrimp-tempura roll, crispy head and all, arrives wrapped in a whole lobster tail. Presentation is exquisite across the board, including more traditional dishes such as fans of fluke sashimi dressed in soy and scallions or dobin-mushi, a teapot filled with delicate seafood broth, shellfish, and ginkgo nuts. Mind the specials board above the sushi bar for seasonal fish, such as fatty black-snapper nigiri dabbed with spicy vinegar. Friendly servers in crisp blue kimonos are happy to translate—or recommend drinks, including hard-to-find Japanese rice lagers. Expensive.

Also great: Ohitashi (cold spinach) with bonito flakes; crunchy soft-shell-crab appetizer; Hurricane Roll (spicy tuna with crab and puffed brown rice); aji (mackerel) three ways.

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