My companion and I tried this restaurant a week before Christmas. We had gone for lunch, but it was too crowded and very noisy. We stopped back for dinner and ordered a jumbo shrimp dinner and a chicken dinner. The menu said they came with miso soup, a salad and a fortune cookie.
The soup was tasty, however the serving bowls were so tiny, the waiter spilled the soup on the table and did not wipe it up. He left it to us to do so. I was left wanting more soup. The salad was lettuce and a slice of onion served in a tiny bowl. The dressing was not offered, but when asked, we were told we could use the white dressing on the table (in a squeeze bottle – unlabeled) or ginger dressing. We ordered the ginger on the side. We were brought one bowl of ginger. I asked what the white dressing was and was told it was sort of a mayonnaise based dressing that everyone liked. I tried it and it was Thousand Island. The dinner came and it contained mostly rice. I found no jumbo shrimp but several small shrimp which were overcooked. We were not offered a variety of sauces as is the norm with most good Japanese restaurants. The food was tasteless. I noticed a bottle of soy sauce on the table and doused my food with that and ginger and asked for terriyaki sauce. The woman brought out a tiny bowl of a yellow terriyaki sauce which was not to my liking, but I threw that on the rice too. I needed flavor or something to make the meal taste other than bland hospital food. We were hungry so we ate what we could and took the rest home to doctor up with other sauces. We realized we had no chopsticks but didn’t receive them until we asked and the meal was over. We took them home to eat with. I guess they assume we don’t know how to use them.
We were told they did not have any fortune cookies and that was an old menu. This restaurant just opened, so how could this be the old menu?
The owner came in with a take out of hot wings and sat at the small sushi bar and began to eat. He asked if everything was okay and I was honest and told him no, it had no taste. He said his restaurant was better than the two others and proceeded to tell me their names and locations! First rule of thumb, do not knock the competition. Rule 2, do not eat take out from another restaurant in your own restaurant, especially in front of customers. He wanted us to try the sushi bar but said we had to pay. He asked if we would return and I hesitated and said maybe. I won’t go back.
There were only 6 customers for dinner. A mother, father and two small children and my companion and myself.
All in all, I’d give this a one star rating – would have given less, except there are no negative stars. I could have gotten better Japanese food from the grocery store shelves.