Coming from the Midwest, it is a rare refreshment to enter a Japanese restaurant run by and employing Japanese people. Even rarer still is when the staff is full of YOUNG Japanese people. There is a certain element of attachment, familiarity, and even relief when the people serving a particular cuisine has more than just an academic or intellectual connection.
Unlike the Midwest, nigiri pieces come two per order whereas most orders in Middle America charge per piece. We were, of course, stunned when an enormous boatload of sushi arrived at our table. This explained why our order took so long; it was our fault for ordering so much!
The yakisoba (pan fried noodles with a veggies and vegetable-based barbecue sauce) and was more "soba" (noodles) and not as much "yaki" (fried). Gyoza (fried/steamed pork dumplings) had good texture and flavor, but prepared without oil based on the searing pattern, which still resulted in a flavorful finished product but presentation was lacking in that regard.
The small restaurant seems to fill up quickly at meal times so even if a reservation is called in, there may be a wait for tables. Otherwise, a pleasant experience on par with a full-service Japanese restaurant with the Japanese social attitude.
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