Upon entering the restaurant for dinner, we were immediately greeted by a waiter who was cheerful and welcoming. But the atmosphere in the restaurant was disappointing: the restaurant looks like a cafeteria, the lighting has been dimmed but not enough to create a cozy atmosphere. There is no background music , so all we hear is the noise from the open air kitchen.
My spouse and I shared a Kiju salad as appetizer - it was probably the first time that we had to return food! The salad was unedible as it was soaked in vinegar. The waiter quickly returned with a new plate of salad, with dressing on the side. The second plate was nothing like the first one: the lettuce was fresh and crisp, and the vegetables were nicely displayed in a star pattern. One has to wonder why they didn't serve the first salad this way???
We then shared a full rack of baby-back ribs. The best way to describe it is this: go to your friendly neighborhood grocery store, buy a rack of baby-back ribs in the frozen section, and cook them...voila! Same as at Kiju's...unimpressive. Luckily, it was served with a generous portion of home fries, and some vegetables.
The service was very good, the waiter was attentive and friendly - I didn't get the waiter's name and he didn't have a name tag...
At the end of the meal, it came.... The distinctive odour that brought back memory from almost 40 years ago when I was at summer camp and our crew was up for washing duty...the humid smell of the commercial dishwasher!!! Because the kitchen is open, not only did we have all the noise from the kitchen, but the odours of the dishwasher! There has to be a way to avoid this! I like the concept of being able to see the cleanliness of the kitchen from the dining room, but without the noise and odours!
Overall, an ordinary experience, and at $27.99, the ribs seem overpriced. Luckily, the staff saved the rating to "poor" instead of "terrible".
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