"SUBLIME" would be a gross understatement.
I had qualms after reading all the superlatives heaped on this establishment. Fully expecting to be let down, I wasn't. I was blown away.
First, the room is magnificent in a simple, understated Japanese way.
The servers and their presentation are equally so. But the food! It's beyond any Japanese dining experience you are likely to have ever had.
Why there isn't a year-long waiting list to get in, I can't imagine. It's that good. But a word of warning. If you're looking for decent sushi, sashimi, tempura -- conventional and acceptable Japanese fare -- this ain't your place. This is a place on a higher plane. Let's start with just the rice. My sushi rice has a following. When I tasted the rice here I felt as though mine was as corduroy to their silk.
It's all about the subtleties. If you are not a true aficionado of Japanese cuisine, you won't appreciate the subtle transition from good or great to extraordinary.
The first few tastes of sashimi are wonderful. Then comes the hamachi sushi and your first encounter with true brilliance. The rice. This is like no sushi I've ever seen or tasted.
They serve small diced yellowtail with an herb and finely chopped sun-dried tomato mixed in with that rice, smaller grain, more moist and silky than any I've ever tasted. After, there's the dollop of crab and vegetable floating in a sauce so exquisite I wouldn't let them take it away, feeling I must protect and save it for use on something else.
Then come 9 or 12 tempura-like concoctions, eggplant, taro, broccoli, a deep-fried burger of beef and pork, followed by skewers of lobster, shrimp, fish. Then more of that amazing rice now swimming in a broth of green tea, herb and seaweed.
I've kept much of this most memorable experience out, so you can experience it new and fresh on your own.
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