Welcome and Service:
Please note reservation is necessary. We were greeted at the door, relieved of outdoor coats and shown to our table. Courteous, gracious and welcoming. The young staff who served us were pleasant, helpful, attentive but unintrusive. I particularly enjoyed the saki 'serving 'ceremony' ......
Minimalist and very clean. Wall decorations of different materials mounted and framed. Most tables seat four. Tables are well-spaced and yet most conversations from nearby tables were audible.
There is an impressive menu offering cold appetizers (£3.20 - 9.00), salads ( £4.20 - !10.50), hot appetizers (£3.90 - £18.00), tempura (£5.50 - £10.00), shushi, (£14.00 - £25.00), sashimi ( £18.00 - £42.00), rolls, main courses (from £13.00), soups (£3.00 - £4.00), rice and noodles. The restaurant also offers a five course menu at £38.00 per person.
Our dining experience was varied and perhaps it is because we had too many appetizers which did not necessarily go together to leave a memorable palette experience.
The saki was served ceremoniously as was the soup (dobin mishu) which arrived in a dinky teapot and a little bowl. Very light soup with a soupcon of chicken, prawns and mushrooms - tasty and most warming on a bitterly cold November evening.
Appetizers that followed included: carpaccio of octopus served with seaweed and cucumber ( bland and chewy), grilled aubergine topped with soya bean paste (delicious), pan fried dumplings (sparse with the filling), buttered scallops and asparagus ( memorable), deep fried oysters, mixed tempura (most bland), shushi (a treat!), rice in plum sauce (an acquired taste? somewhate lemony and fishy). Main course failed to impress. The deep fried escalope was chewy and bland, the grilled sea bass in teriyaki sauce was equally dull. However, the deep fried crab was more enjoyable - succulent and served with a good sauce. The mixed fruit plate for dessert was a welcome.
All the dishes are well-presented and there is ample choice for vegetarians. Portions are fair.
The restaurant is wheel chair friendly. However, the bathrooms are on the lower level (staircase).
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