Initially thought my trip here would be a disaster and the 5 star yelp review might have just been another el paso black pearl. The restaurant is located on small street in a part of town that definitely seemed a bit sketchy at first glance. After convincing my wife that our new baby prius would probably be safe in the parking lot, we approached the door only to see a sign stating "no sushi tonight". This was odd for several reasons, first was that it was a Friday night and almost all the reviews here touted their sushi. While we did find it strange that this japanese restaurant wasn't serving sushi on a weekend night, this didn't deter us since we have a policy of trying not to order anything uncooked in EP anyways. We were mostly interested in trying out the izakaya type items here since we heard the restaurant was run by actual Japanese people. Then the polite older Japanese waitress who served us gave us an early warning that it might take a while for any food to come out since they were very short staffed that night. She was right, it took about 40 min for our order to come out. As you can imagine, our expectations were getting lower and lower as the night went on. But despite the early hiccups the food was actually delicious. The katsu curry dish I ordered was wonderfully prepared, the katsu was perfectly breaded and the pork extremely tender. My wife's ankake ramen was also prepared wonderfully with a nice savory broth. If you're set on having sushi, I'd definitely call ahead to make sure they're serving it that night otherwise just be prepared to wait a bit for some delicious home style Japanese cooking and you won't be disappointed.
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