When Paul Xiao talks about his restaurant, Ginza Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, he's understated.
"The prices are really fair, and the decoration is modern and simple," he says. I think he's selling himself short.
Ginza (which is named after a large city in Japan) is one of very few sushi restaurants in the area. It's located in the One Mayfair Place shopping mall, which is across Mayfair Road from the northwest corner of Mayfair mall.
Since it opened in May of 2010, Ginza has been doing great business. A recent Groupon offering completely sold out and keeps the restaurant relatively full on most nights.
There are so many offerings on the menu that it's really difficult to choose just a few to feature, but these are some of the more popular rolls: Golden Dream - shrimp tempura ans avocado topped with sliced mango ($11); Scorpion King - soft-shell crab, avocado and cucumber, and caviar ($11); and the Wauwatosa Tempura - shrimp and avocado inside, topped with spicy lobster, served with chef's special sauce ($12.)
What is most amazing about Ginza is that the food is very reasonably priced, especially considering the quantity. Overall, it's an excellent value.
In addition to dining in their contemporary and attractive dining room, you can also elect to carry out your order or, if you live within three miles, you can have your food delivered.
All in all, Ginza makes a nice addition to the Wauwatosa dining scene, and Xiao (who spoke to us through interpreter/employee Hong (Karen) Chen) makes a good point about the location: "We're very near Mayfair mall, which makes it good for when you're tired after shopping."
That's an excellent idea, indeed.
NAME: Ginza Japanese Restaurant
ADDRESS: 2727A N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa
PHONE: (414) 771-3333
FARE: Japanese food/sushi
HOURS: Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
PRICE RANGE: $3 to $48 (approximate)
HANDICAP ACCESS: yes
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: no
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