There are so many wonderful places to eat in Austin that are far less pretentious and less expensive. If you want laidback Austin ambience, this is not the place. The sushi--selection and quality--are superb, that must be said for the place. But when I go out with friends, especially guests from out of town, I want to enjoy not only the food but their company and the eating experience. I was so stressed out at one point during the meal that I nearly got up and walked out. the waitperson was constantly at our table describing everything in detail, good on the one hand if you don't know the different types of fish, but constituting constant interruption and one was forced to focus on the menu again and again instead of the company. The place has horrible accoustics, so it would have been difficult to carry on a conversation anyhow. It seemed that all we did was focus on what was put in front of us, what there was to select from the menu, and then talk about the quality of it and whether we liked it or not. In keeping with Japanese living there is very little space, the tables are squeezed in the place --it is crowded. At one point we had a manager (I guess, for all we knew, it could have been a valet) standing at the head of our table looking up the toward the ceiling, not telling us what he was doing or why he was standing there. Finally he told us he was keeping his eye on a wasp...so much for privacy, and thank goodness the creature was kind enough to move on, because the guy wasn't going anywhere. In all fairness, our waitress was sweet, the food quality marvelous. Nonetheless, been there now, done that. I'd rather pay less for sushi and enjoy the dining experience. If you're going to shell out much more than the happy hour deal prices, then really both food and dining experience should be equally excellent.
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