Not sure why other reviewers have not all given this establishment five dots!
I walked in with a booking and was promptly shown to my seat. As I was following the waitperson in, I heard this subtle murmur of greeting from the chefs and supervisors who are visible once you walk around the funky and extensive wine collection. I looked at them all and thought to myself, who are they talking to? and then I realised they were acknowledging me! Very cool.
My drink order was taken and delivered promptly and I had the menu in hand.
What happened next amazed me. I said to the waitperson that there were things I liked and things I didn't Japanese. Fully aware of my somewhat very painful and demanding ways I pressed on explaining I don't like raw beef or sashimi but do like mushrooms, feel like salad and love seafood. My digression from might be the norm was in no way met with any form of derision whatsoever visibly. The menu was so extensive it simply daunted me and admittedly don't have a lot of experience with Japanese. I told him to surprise me, and he immediately said he would relay my wishes to the chef. At this point I was feeling a little nervous about what was to come but I remained positive.
This meal has to be one of the most sensational I have experienced.
The standout dishes were the foie gras goose liver and a delectable main of salad, mushrooms and tepinyaki seafood. There were too many other dishes presented to mention and they were all delicious and interesting.
To my shame and unrequitable loss, I could not consume all of the dishes presented.
But be damn sure I'll give it a better shot in three days time.
The end of a perfect night for me was when I had signed the chit and commenced walking out I heard from a distance "goodnight maam". I stopped dead in my tracks, turned slowly, and saw a wonderfully upstanding, professional man looking me straight in the eyes wishing me a very good night. I replied in same with a stupid grin on my face and a wave.
Some people might find the entrance in and exit a little confronting. To me it was the exact opposite. It was a subtle, unconditional personal declaration of acknowledgement to the world of welcome and one of farewell where they hope to see you again. It felt very comfortable. I have never experienced this before and I cannot wait to go back, it was unashamed naturalness with no room for pretension, which is a good thing.
The service was exceptional, and the food was totally amazing. Do not miss out on this one. They are only too happy to help if you are not sure where to start... or where to finish.
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