Expert presentation with fresh, select quality, melt-in-your-mouth sushi at a great price. We had the chirashi, Rainbow Roll and Philadelphia Roll with Nigori Saki—all superb. Best bet is take-out or lunch-in. Skip dinner, the vibe needs work.
Pushy, over eager, newbie wait staff. It’s hard to believe I just wrote that with the slothy, tardy service we experience most everywhere else. This could have been because we had a table by the ‘kitchen’ where all the wait staff congregated. Service was hurried from ordering and through the meal and unnerving at times with disruptive, high frequency table visits. Once staff settles down and becomes more intuitive, it will be more relaxing. Thankfully there is only table service here, but there’s a bit of a cafeteria vibe with pictorial menus, large flat screen food presentation and loud room acoustics. Luckily the pictures on the flat screen matched the plates we ordered but best use of the TV might be to the window for passersby. Food preparation is a form of entertainment and I was missing the fact that this place had no sushi bar. The tall sushi prep area was separatist and contrary to the open vibe where chefs and guests can co-mingle. The Soy sauce was very salty and low quality. Lighting for dinner was too bright due in part because of the street lights glaring in from outside.
The smarmy music track was distracting and in complete conflict with the Asian culture and cuisine that also clashed with the want-a-be-vibe. Imagine popular eighties and nineties Rock artists covered by say, Bing Crosby types. Can it get any worse? Try Putamayo World Music-Asian Lounge.
This place needs some tweaking and refinements, but the main ingredients are spot-on. The chefs, the food and the prices! Personally I won’t sit through this sound track again, so I will likely do take out next time.