We made reservations for two at Kihachi about two weeks in advance. The gentleman that took the reservation was very pleasant and quickly pointed out that Kihachi is neither a sushi bar nor steakhouse. I said that we expected neither and he was glad we knew what to expect from the experience. He offered a table or counter seats. I initially chose a table, but after reading many other reviews, decided to switch to the counter seats as my husband and I wanted to watch the cooks work their magic. This decision to switch required a second call, at which point I spoke to a thickly accented Japanese woman. She was difficult to understand, but was extremely pleasant and patient with my numerous requests for her to repeat herself. She cheerfully made the changes to the reservation. We arrived for our reservation and were promptly and pleasantly greeted by several people, both servers and kitchen staff, and we were escorted to our seats. Our server greeted us once we were seated comfortably, gave us hot towels and took our sake order. He brought those to us within minutes. Then, he went over the specials which are written in Japanese. He was patient with his delivery, taking time to answer all of our questions and make suggestions. We decided that we would eat small plates from the specials menu, as there were many delicious choices and this way we could sample more flavors. We didn't even bother to look at the dinner menu. For our first round of small plates, we selected a dish with a panko fried sandwich of lotus root, whitefish and shrimp pate served with peppers. Next was fried, whole Hawaiian blue prawn--which is eaten whole. Then, pork cheek. My husband and I were absolutely blown away by these items--delicious. For round 2, we had braised duck with tamari, skip jack--which is a mackerel-like fish topped with greens and fried elephant garlic, then we had some vegetable tempura. Again, all items were delicious and beautifully presented. Our final round was a dish of home made strawberry ice cream, suggested by the Chef. It was very fresh tasting and refreshing. Our service was impeccable from start to finish. The dishes we ordered came to us within 15 minutes of ordering. They were handed to us by the Chef, or other cooks that were working on the line, as they were completed, which gave us time to enjoy each one before moving on to the next--which was nice. The dishes were so delicious, beautiful and different that each one deserved our undivided attention--which we were happy to give. Also, as we were handed the dishes, the staff described how each item should be eaten. Such as, the prawn can be eaten from "head to tail", the skip jack with greens and garlic should be enjoyed in "one bite". This was helpful, as these items were all completely new to us. Our server was quick to clear our plates, offer drinks and bring us a menu when we wanted to order more. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The atmosphere was elegant and simple. The staff is warm, friendly, professional and very attentive. Words can barely express the quality of the food we ate. It is clear that great attention is given to the freshness of the menu items as seafood this fresh is usually only found in coastal regions. It was a truly memorable meal. It should be noted that in order to fully enjoy one's experience at Kihachi, 1.5 to 2 hours should be allowed. We ordered a little at a time and ate one dish at a time--the server never missed a beat.