The sushi at Shinto is okay, but nothing extraordinary. I can dig on sushi, but I refuse to pay that much money for mediocre sushi. Shinto is a bit overpriced for what you get. I’m not going to mark off too much for the sushi, but instead, I’ll be marking off for what I ordered recently. I ordered the shrimp yakisoba. I’ve had this before, at a few place before including Shinto, but this was sad. I feel confident that they used spaghetti noodles for this dish. It not only didn’t have the same color as it has before, it just didn’t feel or feel right. I was disappointed. The shrimp was overcooked and the flavor was boring. To top it off, the miso soup had something stuck to the bottom of the bowl. It looked gross. I was not satisfied.
The location isn’t bad, but I don’t find the interior to be too interesting. The decor is nice enough and looks cultural. The giant big screen TVs don’t help. There’s plenty of natural light that comes in during the day, which helps a lot. The places seems clean. The hibachi grills are cleaned after each use, and the floors are usually free of dirt. It’s not a terrible place to be, but it’s also not the best. I’m indifferent about it.
I cannot stand it whenever meals come out at different times. I don’t care whether or not you’re a sushi place, a fried chicken joint, or a chain place. ALL ENTREES AT THE SAME TIME. It was especially bad at Shinto. My friends ordered sushi, while I ordered yakisoba and a small side of fried rice. The fried rice came out lukewarm first. Before anything else. Then my noodles, still before everyone else’s sushi, then finally the sushi. I was almost done with my yakisoba before my friends got their sushi. I cannot stand that. Get it together Shinto.
Our server was friendly and kept our drinks filled. That’s usually what I look out for. If you read my reviews often, you’ll know that it’s a huge pet peeve of mine when a server doesn’t introduce themselves. The server at Shinto failed to do so. I can’t being waited on by a person and not know their name. It’s different at a service counter or something like that, but waiting on someone is a pretty personal thing… well, if they want to make more money. Either way, the service was okay, but there are flaws.
I’ll be honest. I’ve gone to Shinto a few times in the past and had decent experiences. Something has changed, but this latest experience was dreadful. I mean it. It was boring, the food wasn’t good, and the service was mediocre. I can’t recommend this place when there are so many other options of the same cuisine in Lafayette. Try another place.