We went to Kamakura for a special occasion as we had read wonderful things about it, however had mixed reviews from friends. I will start with the good things about the restaurant. The staff were friendly and spoke good English and were well informed about the food. The house ice cream I had for dessert was lovely, 3 balls, green tea, black sesame and red bean, the synthetic Chantilly cream squirted all over it was not so lovely. The sashimi was good, but only good.
Now for the bits I didn't think were great. Traditional is one thing, but slightly tatty is another. The decor is just a bit chipped, the plates a bit scratched, spoons for dessert the painting was coming off them. I was expecting polished, but got shabby. You might not notice this if the lighting was not so bright. We had a little started of chicken, omelette and what I think was deep fried whitebait. Luckily they were all very small, the whitebait was so bad I could not eat it, and I eat anything! It was cold, it tasted like it was cooked last week, really not nice. My main course was very average. Tuna and mushrooms, sort of wok fried like a student would eat, however, there was a lemon and soy sauce dip andI had never realised that the 2 together tasted so good, but I'd hardly call it exceptional cooking. My husband had kobe beef, again with a wok fry veg side, very average.
I can see why people love this 'traditional' Japanese restaurant, because they think that just because the staff are Japanese it must be great. If this restaurant was in London, it would be a cafe that people would walk past.
Having said all that, it is fine as long as you don't expect great things, if you're going for just a casual dinner with friends and you don't want to experience tastes sensations.
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