I used to love this restaurant and have recommended it in the past - but last week, popping in there as a single woman for a quick lunch, I can no longer say that. The waiting staff are always lovely, and this was no different, but the chirashi sushi bowl was shockingly poor quality. The menu promised 'a fine selection of sashimi' on a bed of rice - well the bed of rice was there, but a few tiny - and I do mean tiny - cubes of toro offcuts, amidst a messily chopped selection of greasy salmon, a teaspoon of ikura, and then - aargh - shredded crabsticks. There were bits of omelette (since when did that count as sashimi, fine or otherwise?) and some - could it have even been mango? I think it was. When I questioned it, the waitress said there was sea bass in there. I asked her to find it. She then rushed back to the counter, the chef glowered, and she brought it back unchanged, telling me it was 'a fine selection.' I was nice with her, because it wasn't her fault, but asked her if the kitchen would like to add anything. She asked, and I got a look from the chef. She came back and said no they would not, that was how it was. So I paid and left, but I was disappointed at what seemed like a cheap move from an otherwise wonderful restaurant. So often it is the case that a single woman gets put at a bad table, and fobbed off with a sub-standard experience. I do hope Kyoto see this, and take note, because I have had wonderful meals there in the past, and would like to keep them on my lunch list. But most definitely, Could Do Better.
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