My husband and I have been dying to try this restaurant since we missed out last time we were in Aspen. Our reservation was easily made by a very friendly person over the phone however that was as far as the friendliness got. On arrival, we were passed to a hostess by the name Patricia who did not even acknowledge us, led us to our table via the kitchen where the chefs call out their Japanese greeting and "dumped" the menus on our table and kept walking. NOT a very nice welcome for a very popular restaurant. Shocked as we were, it seemed that this was the order of the day as we noted it was done to just about everyone. Not even a smile. I might add, our waiter was not much better. It was all an effort that night. The "water" man who would fill our glasses and clear our plates was the loveliest and most polite of the evening. However, having said all that, the food was spectacular. The endamame were perfectly cooked with the right amount of "crisp" to them and the right amount of salt. The lobster tacos were the perfect ration of lobster to taco in them to make them tasty as they were. The lobster spring rolls, although we felt were slightly overcooked were still quite tasty. The broiled black cod with the miso was superb. It just melted in your mouth. For dessert, we had the banana, coconut spring roll. If you really like coconut, then go for it as the coconut taste took over from the banana. Still, an experience. Where the service was lacking, the food more than made up for it. It is not a dressy restaurant. I would say casual and also noisy. The decor is nothing special but again, the food was worth it.
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