This restaurant was "raved" about, and being a lover of sashimi and other japanese food, we thought we'd give it a go. Bottom line - it's "OK", but caters heavily to an American palate. It's like Amer-Italian food (tastes OK, but nothing like real Italian).
The decor was reasonable. The wait staff seemed over-eager to enquire how everything was - to me, that's not a sign of a "healthy" restaurant. On a Saturday eve, in peak Summer, it was half-empty - also not a good sign.
I ordered a beer, and was given the wrong one (not a big deal, but....). Miso soup was a little light - could have done with a bit more miso in it for my taste. My partner ordered a tempura soft-shell crab as a starter, and got a soft-shell crab that had been panko-crumbed and deep-fried. No tempura batter to be seen anywhere near this shellfish!
Her main was a chefs' special roll - nicely presented, with some soy-sauce art decorating the bulk of the platter, but the roll itself ("Love Ocean") she said was "OK". I had sashimi deluxe. Advertized as having 16 pieces, came with 15. Oh well. 5 different fish (part of my assessment of sashimi in US restaurants is the variety of fish included in a sashimi platter) - a good thing. But all were very mild in flavor, somewhat lacking in the taste characteristics that distinguish one species from another. Maybe it was just the cuts that they got in that day/week?
Lots of "non-traditional" items on the menu, including some Thai dishes - again, a sacrilege in a true Japanese restaurant.
I have definitely had better. Was it bad? No. Was it great? No.
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