My girlfriend and I got together this afternoon for an impromptu lunch and decided to try Noma because she had a http://restaurant.com voucher for this place.
I agree with most of the other reviews ----“Unmemorable” and DEFINITELY “have had better.”
SERVICE: There’s absolutely none at this place.
1) Upon arrival to a nearly empty sushi bar, my girlfriend was made to stand waiting indefinitely because the hostess was no where to be found even though there were two very able bodied sushi chefs standing right in front of her. Hmm, must be some dragon-lady-internal-drama-thing going on. Hmm, kinda ridiculous you know?
2) When the first item was being served over the sushi bar, the guy didn’t properly forewarn my girlfriend who reached for the plate NOT knowing it was saucy. Guess what? Yep, it all went into her lap and onto her beautiful brand new skirt. After a while, there was some mumbling that may have sound like an apology, but sorry, the belated “be careful” once the plate was already tilted and contents were in her lap does NOT exonerate YOU at all. The wait staff finally crouched up with some extra napkins. Then finally the dragon lady showed up with an additional (as in SINGULAR) wet nap. On her return, she showed up with a few small squares of alcohol wipes. Hmm, are we actually thinking of being cost conscious at a time like this when a customer is obviously upset?
3) My girlfriend had asked for water when she ordered her cold sake. No water, and still no water. They did bring me mine though with sufficient ice cubes earlier, but still no water for my girlfriend. I finally had to remind dragon lady when I saw her pass by, and finally a glass, but much smaller glass arrived. WTF?
4) When our orders were done, the sushi chef placed it in front of us with no real announcement. Wait, is that ours? and if so, what is it? lol, and yes, always with a MUCH belated “be careful” even though we both learned our lesson by now.
FOOD: Here’s what we ordered to share:
- Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno sauce. The picture on the menu portrayed slices of yellow tail configured in a wonton like configuration gingerly stuffed with some jalapeno/tomato cerviche confection. Instead, this is what we get (see pic). 5 medium slices of yellow tail laying horizontally on a palm leaf dressed in the slightest sliver of tomato and jalapeno morsels all in a bed of the aforementioned sauce that finished off my girlfriend’s brand new skirt!
It tasted nice, mainly because of the buttery texture of the yellow tail, and the touch of jalapeno was very nice. But, hardly worth the trouble of coming all the way out here to have this. It was good, but standard, nothing to write home about.
- Salmon skin salad. It was just, meh! Standard. It was nice that the salmon skin was still warm, and we wished there would have been more ruffage to go with it. All the dressing was on the bottom and really didn’t affect the food on top. (The salmon skin salad that turn my knees into jelly is the baked salmon skin salad from Rice Things in Redondo! OMG!…but that’s another future review.) So yeah, just meh!
- Bora Bora (see pic) – whoa, we were getting used to the french sized portions of all the dishes so far, so this one really surprised us. So much food! and on ONE plate! We ordered this because we wanted something without alot of rice, and this roll was all about the sashimi! It was tuna wrapped around something wrapped around spicy tuna. At this point, we just really were turned off and didn’t really care anymore. I won’t even get into the VERY difficult discussion of wanting to order/alter a sushi roll with cucumber wrap instead of rice…sigh!
We may have ordered one additional dish, but we truly just didn’t care anymore.
Lol, here’s the kicker. The bill came out to $45ish AFTER the $25 http://restaurant.com voucher. Hmm…I’m too frazzled to actually perform any math here. There was nothing really avant garde about the presentation of this sushi, etc to warrant these prices. But then again, sushi bars are not for the frugal.
No, neither of us will be coming back here again.