A mid-week visit to Kobe seemed like a pretty good way to avoid large crowds and have a nice - and entertaining - meal.
Lets start with the positive. The chef put on a reasonable show, did the expected tricks (including an onion volcano at my wife's request), and was friendly with the people around the table. I caught a shrimp that was flung my way, and my wife elected not to try and wasn't pressured into it.
The food is of average quality, it's pretty salty, quite unhealthy, and comes in a large enough portion that there's plenty for lunch the next day. It's also quite reasonably priced. We got two dishes, the chicken and the shrimp, but split them both so that we finished the shrimp and took about 2/3 of the chicken home. It worked out fine.
The waitress service was poor. The restaurant screwed a bunch of things up, which included not putting the grill on properly resulting in a ~30 minute delay of our dinner. The best the server could come up with was offering a free drink each, but since it was mid-week we weren't drinking. Our water glasses sat unfilled several times, and each time we had to ask for a top up. It took another 30 minutes after we'd finished to pay. There was only one other table that had people on it, so I'm not sure why they were so slow.
I'd probably break the score down as 3.5 for the chef, 3 for the food, 1 for the service. I expect we were just unlucky with the service; hopefully you, reader, have a better experience!
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