We love Japanese food--especially Tempura and yakitori. This place failed on both counts; only two of the four dishes we ordered would qualify as "good".
For starters, there was actually a sign on the entrance door announcing that (paraphrased) "This is a fragrance-free restaurant; please refrain from wearing cologne or perfume". What the heck were we supposed to do? Go back to our hotel and take a shower? The gall / the absurdity!
We ordered their signature dishes of shrimp and vegetable tempura. The batter on the shrimp was just too thick--not at all like real Japanese tempura. And the vegetables were horrible! They were grossly under cooked; they should have been al dente, but were hard, almost uncooked, and very difficult to distinguish. The batter, again, was just too thick--more like pancake batter than the delicate batter used by real tempura chefs.
We ordered mushrooms; they were good. We ordered yakitori chicken; it, too, was slightly under cooked, and the flavor was just OK.
We were told that the "chef" was closing his restaurant and moving it to Seattle. Good luck on that. As poor as this place was, he'll never, ever make it in a town known for its Asian food. There are at least two other tempura restaurants in Santa Fe, and we wish we'd found them. They'd HAVE to be better than this place!
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