My wife took me to Ooka for my birthday this past Saturday (9/22). First on my list, can I say parking? We had a prime time reservation for a Saturday night (7:30), and there was absolutely no where to park. We felt like deviants as we tried to find a closed store nearby with an empty space to park in while worrying whether we were going to receive a parking summons. Upon entering the restaurant, the decor is great, lighting perfect for a romantic dinner, and you can feel the energy of the other patrons who seem to be having a nice meal. Was a tad on the loud side, but I think that's from all the excitement at the hibachi tables. We sat in the dining room section. Server was very nice, but very busy and probably too busy. It took probably 20-25 minutes from getting our menus before we received our 1st drink, and he returned to take our order. Tables near us were placing orders for portions of their meal (i.e. dessert) and got their dessert before he came back to tend to my wife and I. The server could not understand english very well as we had to point at the menu to place our entire order. Food was ok. I had ordered an appetizer (special soup), seaweed salad, three sushi rolls for my entree. My wife ordered an appetizer (shrimp tempura) and sesame chicken for her entree. My seaweed salad came out with my wife's appetizer, but then my sushi rolls (again my entree) came out to me before my soup appetizer. My soup appetizer ended up coming out with my wife's entree. Against our better judgement, we ordered dessert since it was a special evening. I ordered red bean ice cream and requested a coffee. Our server told us the restaurant ran out of coffee....Really, out of coffee on a Saturday night??? My wife ordered the fried bananas with a green tea. Instead, she received fried bananas with green tea ice cream. To top this portion of the meal off, my wife snuck away before dessert arrived and asked if a candle could be placed in my dessert to celebrate my birthday. Well, no candle, and we kind of laughed it off because it was just something else wrong with the evening. But then it got even more comical, when 5 minutes later, a different server brought dessert to the table next to us with a candle in it, and the patrons asked what the candle was for....obviously it was the candle intended for my dessert. To wrap up the evening, I thought I'd use the rest room. First, the men's room is about as big as a coffin, which heh, us guys typically don't need a lot of room to use the facilities, but I did have some leftover sushi in a bag that I had no where to rest while using the restroom (I ended up sitting the bag in the sink). Now you might ask, why not just place it on the floor by the sink or something....well, that's because the restroom floor, walls and toilet to be polite, looked like a horse stall. Not sure if that was from some drunk's mouth or some poor soul's rear-end, but it was disgusting.
Ooka is not cheap, not rediculously expensive, but not cheap. When my wife and I spend over ~$140, I would expect the evening to be much better than what Ooka presented. There should rarely be any mishaps when you're spending that much on your meal. So many good reviews pointed us to Ooka, but we will never return.
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