Shumi Japanese Cuisine
A bit to rushed for my taste
The sushi here is expertly prepared and the quality and variety of fish is truly exemplary (at least compared to anywhere outside of Tokyo). We did the top level Omakase and were wonderfully sated by the end of our meal...bordering on stuffed!
My only nit, and this is pretty minor, is that the majority of the fish for sushi had been precut and was rather small. I would have preferred that the Chefs be allowed to cut the fish to order and that the size of the pieces was a bit larger. Don't get me wrong, the balance of fish to rice was spot on...just a little on the small size given the pricing here.
We liked it enough that we made our next reservation as we were leaving and just in the way of background, I have been eating sushi since 1978 and have been to Tokyo multiple times and eaten at some of the finest sushi bars there...
The decor is rather spartan and the sound track is right off of my 20-year-old daughter's playlist, but overall this is a really got spot for sushi if you live anywhere near Ridgewood and blows away everything we have here in Montclair (where for some reason there is not a single decent sushi bar).
Today we had the pleasure of seeing the owner and head chefs at the counter for Omakase. Always a welcoming atmosphere and I love that the food quality is equivalent or better than the famous and expensive NYC sushi places for like 3rd of the cost, and close to home. Always an amazing Omakase experience and will continue to visit again and again and again!!
Amazing food and a great ambiance. The only minor flaw the place has is that I believe there need to be more servers because we got through half of our meal before someone brought over the soy sauce we requested when our food first came.
Exceptional service and delicious food. I recommend the Shumi Roll.
We were seated at the sushi counter and it took more than 15 minutes to have our order taken. One of the items ordered as sushi came as sashimi but it was quickly fixed when pointed out. The fluke appetizer, while good, is usually much better. Usually the fluke melts in your mouth but this was rather chewy. My husband also thought the tako on his sashimi platter was not particularly fresh. Overall it was fine but we were disappointed because Shumi is usually quite good.
My date and I sat at the counter, and really enjoyed the ambiance of the space, and being able to see sushi being crafted in front of us. We are both people who are fairly experienced sushi lovers, and this was both of our first times being there.
We ordered the shumai to start, and I ordered a rainbow roll and my date ordered the Bluefin roll.
The sushi entrees were smaller than other places I’ve been to, but delicious and never felt that I was hungry for more.
When our bill came, we realized the shumai appetizer never came. Though my stomach was satisfied and didn’t want any more food, it was odd that we never received what we ordered, even though it appeared on our bill. For a sushi night out, prices were similar to a nice sushi place in the city, nothing abhorrently expensive.
All in all, a great dinner, very good atmosphere with a wide range of menu options. Excellent location to bars in Ridgewood for nightcaps or to keep the night going. Also excellent that we were able to BYOB and save money in that regard.
Advice to people coming here, be mindful of how much food you want (and be prepared to order more if you think a smaller sushi entree won’t be enough) and make sure to keep track of what you order in case it doesn’t arrive like my appetizer.
One of the best Chirashi bowls I’ve ever had. Great variety of fish. Not run of the mill. Will return often.
The AC was broken
Best and most innovative and unique sushi in the area. Excellent food and the atmoshphere is sophisticated and inviting.
Shuni is a ‘scene’ type restaurant! I adore great sushi but must say that although Shumi’s dishes were well-prepared, the fish as of great quality the soft crab salad dressing too spicy and there wasn’t enough crab (so I thought) in the salad. However, the crab was very tasty and our lavender green tea & dragon roll were very good!
The blue fin tuna roll was mediocre in taste, chunky & not neatly made either! I have had phenom tuna (maguro, yellow fin, etc.), at several 4 & 5 star sushi restaurants in the past and wouldn't order it again. In addition, our table for two was located in back of Shumi’s beautiful, and very crowded sushi bar (‘a scene’), which meant that servers were squeezing behind me. The restaurant’s interior is upscale, narrow with pleasing decor, however, on a summer Friday night when a party of 4 couples were seated next to us after we began eating, the noise level became unacceptable! Since reservations are taken on ‘Open Table’, etc., Shumi could put parties of 8 or more people in a different area of the restaurant perhaps! If you order the chef’s entree selections (ie.Omakasa), perhaps Shumi would be terrific for the prices being charged. I think that for the value, Shumi is overpriced!
Unbelievably delicious food!!
One of the few sushi places around that truly feels authentic and not just Americanized rolls to appeal to the kinda sushi eater. It almost felt like dinner and a show because I watched in awe as the sushi chefs elegantly prepared hundreds of pieces of sushi and sashimi. The next time I come, I truly want to try the tasting menu where the chef decides what to bring you.
Another visit to Shumi was excellent as usual. We all had the regular omakase and it was unbelievable. The fish was extremely fresh and the preparation was done by a skilled master. We can't wait to go back.
Appetizers at the better than the main course. Servers are not real well-versed in the ingredients that are pleasant and helpful. Despite stressing shellfish allergy a tempura shrimp was put on my plate but they quickly corrected the mistake. Overall food is very good I’ve been back several times
Had a great 2nd dine in experience overall. With a few minor tweaks this spot would be practically perfect! A few things as constructive feedback: service upon initial sit down could be quicker, they could cork the wine (it’s BYO) and pour the first glass at least. Same for bottled water. I wish they would install a decorative screen, as some at angles you can see into the back kitchen and not in the “cool/designed to be that way” idea. Lastly, I can appreciate keeping the staff hydrated - they work hard! But, perhaps less Starbucks drinks and clutter on the back of the sushi bar? Would be a bit more polished, and know that this place is meant to be an upscale experience. The good quality and Omakase is great, and it’s nice to have NYC level cuisine, without making the trek. Will be back :)
Wanted to love this spot but I think I'll stick to Sakura Bana. Nothing was outstanding and everything fairly overpriced.
Every time we dine at Shumi it’s outstanding!
Food is delicious, but service is not professional.
Great for a fancy night out when you want to dress up with friends! Fun vibe and the food was great
Horrible service. Servers dont know what to do. Meal came out had a plastic wrap on the roll. We had another order request but it got dropped, food did not come out. There were errors in our bill on it too. I honestly can't believe how they operate this restaurant.
By far the best Sushi/Sashimi I have ever had. The service was excellent.
I love to sit at the sushi bar and watch them create delicious works or art. The sushi is consistently fresh. The servers are attentive and friendly. Great neighborhood joint. Love that it’s byob.
I understand that Omakase means Chef's choice, but If you request No Salmon and the waiter does not say otherwise, you would expect salmon not to show up. And if they do mess that part up, you would expect the waiter to take back the salmon and replace with something else. ?? Unfortunately I would not visit again because of this.
Chris is one of the best omakase sushi chefs in NJ. Unfortunately, we were given a proxy for our last one, thus, he wasn't as good. Very nice chef, but he got a few of our requests wrong, i.e. we got uni after requesting none, and we re-ordered a few amazing pieces, i.e. chu toro, aji, etc. but he made them w/ different toppings the second time around. Not sure why as it wasn't as good as the first one. However, Chris stepped in and gave us the last few pieces on the house, which was very nice of him. Overall the regular omakase could use a few more "standard" pieces, i.e. seared salmon, and a bit less "exotic" ones, monk fish liver, etc. Been there several times and will definitely go back.
Consistently a really great place to eat. Food and service always terrific. That aside, this time I felt like place mats were a bit tired, both our menus were splattered with food, and the most annoying was the staff prepping the tables for the next patrons and how noisy and inconsiderate they were to the people sitting next to them. The sound of the chairs and tables scraping along the floor was almost like fingernails on a chalkboard (for those of you old enough to understand that sound). Hopefully that’s not a common experience, and that management updates placemats and puts out fresh menus.
Clean simple space, with a lovely ambiance. Service was excellent, and the food was some of the best Japanese food I have experienced. Very nice selection on the menu.
Absolutely love the shrimp crunch roll.
i hope they have shade for big window. sometime too much sun comes in and it makes my eyes unfonfortable
Excellent excellent excellent. Start to finish simply excellent.
The food was excellent as always. We look forward to returning to Shumi in the near future.
Exceptional sushi. A real find.
it’s always so good! 😬
We sat at the sushi bar for the chefs tasting. It was fabulous from beginning to end. This is not your average sushi restaurant. I highly recommend a visit. You’ll surely want to to go back.
Great as usual.
Delicious! Clean. Great service. Will definitely go again.
we ordered sushi deluxe and sashimi deluxe.
quality was ok, but not worth to travel if it is more than 15 min from home.
sashimi deluxe was served first for my gf and i had to wait another 10+ min for my plate.
Overpriced, under-flavored sushi, and poor service.
The waiter was very nice. Food was generic & average... no deserts on the menu. One of the walls need to be spackled and repainted. All in all, we had a good time, there were some interesting things menu....would we come back.