I'm about to give away my best-kept restaurant secret, so I might as well spill all the edamame beans at once...
I live within walking distance of this place and consider myself a regular. They have the yummiest sushi anywhere, a lively atmosphere, and decent service - but when they're busy (which is all the time), you've got to play by their two rules to have the best experience possible, so I'll share those with you now:
1. Great sushi is art, and art takes time. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO ORDER THE FIRST TIME YOU MEET YOUR SERVER AND PLACE YOUR ENTIRE MEAL ORDER AT ONCE.
2. Are you here on a date? READ THE MENU AHEAD OF TIME AND FOLLOW RULE #1. You'll impress her/him with your efficiency. (btw, chicks can't stand indecisiveness.)
Now, let's script this, and I'll throw in my favorite items on the menu, to get you started:
Server: "Hi, my name is Luna, and I'll be your server tonight. Can I start you off with some drinks?"
You: "Hi Luna. Sure! We're actually going to place our entire order with you now, because we see you're really busy. So, we'd like to order (insert drinks of choice here), along with your grilled edamame and miso soup to start, the tuna ceviche salad next, and then your spicy crunchy rainbow roll" (plus anything else off the menu you'd like to try - you can't go wrong).
Server: "Great! That's really helpful. I'll get your order in with the kitchen right away so they can get started."
Do not show up here starving and throw a tantrum. It's happened before, and it's pathetic. This place is affordable, fabulous, spirited, and likely to be one of your Bay Area favorites, but you need to leave your entitled diner card at home and work within the framework Amakara has to offer. I promise you won't be disappointed (neither will your date).
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