We have done both a lot of traveling and a lot of dining, and this place, like few others, belongs in that very top tier of great restaurants.
Not that it is fancy. While it is bright, attractive and interesting, the decor is not the draw. Rather, it is the service, and most especially, the food.
Our server was helpful in many ways. For example, he asked if it was our first time there; when we said it was, he suggested we go either ala carte or do the 6 course tasting menu, drawn from the restaurant's time tested cold and hot specialties, rather than the more adventurous 10 course tasting menu. We were grad we chose the 6 course menu. He also thought both our picks of wine were good, but suggested the Gruner Veltliner over the Viognier. Again, a great choice.
We started with cold sashimi, each more inspired than the last. The flavors are already there in the fish and accompanying flavors--no soy sauce or wasabi was needed at all. Three of the cold plates, then one hot with wonderful fish, rice, egg and seasonings (in a wild sense, like the most flavorful fried rice dish in the world), then a second with silky pork belly, peppers, pickled radish and more--incredible.
This was followed by our choice of one of four desserts. My wife chose the lemon gelato, with pistachios and white balsamic. Heavenly but very light.
This is the kind of food and presentation that makes your whole body, not just your taste buds, glow. The best Japanese/sushi we have ever had. Just a wonderful experience. Go.
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