I really want to adore this restaurant because it is so close to home. After dining there over 6 times, I just don't love it. At each visit my party has eaten at the tiny sushi bar at the back, which I think seats 7.
The good: The restaurant is clean and the rest room is almost "swanky" in it's modern feel and very clean, too. Their wine is reasonably priced. The gratis small roasted fish salad that each person receives is good, althought super-heavy on the fish flakes (?) or some type of flake on top. I'm sure I could ask for those to be removed, but why look a gift horse in the mouth? The following appetizers (as noted on the extensive menu) "From Kitchen" are good: Gyoza (pan fried pork dumplings); the beef appetizer, and the miso soup. The sushi and the sashimi are good. The sushi chefs keep really busy and are very likeable.
The not-as-good: There is a large staff for the amount of business they do, and many of the servers/hostesses are just standing around, when it would be more prudent to see how they could be of use to the patrons. The Crispy Salad **always** comes absolutely swimming in Ginger dressing. I mean it is literally soup-like. There always seems to be something missing for at least one person in our party (i.e., a sushi order sheet, a pencil, a menu, or the server when we would like a refill). The hibachi tables are generally pretty full and can be a bit noisy, but, hey, folks are having fun! Nothing like catching a flying shrimp in your mouth!!!! My "greet time" at the bar this week was 5+ minutes, while there were two servers behind the bar and only one other patron at the bar. To their credit though, I think they have just hired a bartender (although he was not dedicated solely to bartending this night), and are perhaps having growing pains.
I do hope this restaurant makes it, because, there are not many good places to dine in this part of town. Try Dollar Sushi Tuesday, it looks like they offer 10 sushi selections for $1 each. I'd love to hear how you like it!
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