Both the outdoor seating (heating elements keep it comfortable in the winter) and dining room are very nicely appointed. The new wave music was at a reasonable volume so that one could have a conversation. The wait staff was all female and they have all been (obviously) selected for their friendly demeanor and what seemed like a genuine interest in making sure the customers were well cared for. I had just arrived in Scottsdale from the East Coast so it was mid-afternoon but still dinner time for me. I think I sat down at about 4:15 pm but by the time I finished my meal an hour later the place was packed. Happy Hour runs from 4p-7p and there are a couple dozen items (including the fancy adult beverages) at half price. So this was an INEXPENSIVE meal. All the special alcoholic beverages looked great, and mine was excellent. The seaweed salad was good, there were scallions in salad which is not how it is typically prepared. The typical dressing had another ingredient, maybe lemon juice or a vinegar --- it did not taste bad, only different. The sushi chef seems to favor deep fried rolls and the use of eel sauce. The spicy tuna and spicy yellowtail rolls used chopped fish, which was mixed with the spicy sauce -- this method of preparing the roll to deliver more fish in a method to cover up imperfect fish and is a common practice, but it did taste good. We had several other items on the happy hour menu and they were all very good. I did not try the sashimi, which is of course the true test of any fine sushi dining. Regardless, during happy hour (happy 3 hours) you can have a great drink and 3 rolls for about $20. I would come back, even if it was not happy hour. The wait staff (and the person hiring and training them) all deserve an A+.
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