Omakase (kitchen + sushi bar) | If you don't already know what Omakase means, it's just Japanese for the tasting menu. (there is a more accurate translation but I'll have to consult my Japanese friend) I've been to this restaurant about 6 times and the kitchen dishes were never the same. It's usually a 4, sometimes 5 course dinner...I think it depends on the season and the market. They always starts us off with a soup (usually sometype of Japanese broth but they're always a little different), then a cold appetizer (this could be a salad or sashimi or some exotic seafood that I can't identify), a warm appetizer/entree (this could be anything seafood, meat, noodles, they're very creative there, think IronChef), and it always ends with sushi (about 8 - 10 pieces of sushi chosen by the chef). Since I've only had Omakase, I never really read the menu and I don't know what's the name of the cooked dishes I've had. The Japanese waiters/waitresses couldn't tell us what we were eating in English either....that's why I'm lacking vocabulary with the food.|
Their dessert is nothing special but they do have an Omakase for it too. Other than green tea and red bean ice-cream (sometimes they have Japanese pudding), everything else is just regular western desserts (ie. Chocolate cake, creamy burley, cheesecake etc). They have both chilled and warm saki/sake around $13 for a small bottle.
There is an a la carte menu but it looks just like any other Japanese restaurant. The price of Omakase varies, I'm not sure about the Omakase for just the sushi bar but the "kitchen + sushi bar" is between $60-$75/person (market price). So, after tax and tips it'll be around $100 or over if you order drinks and dessert.
Conclusion: The food quality is superb and the presentation is like artwork. This is my favourite Japanese restaurant in town. It's very casual and no dresscode. One very important detail*** They will only serve Omakase if everyone at the table orders it. I only suggest this place to the Japanese food lovers who enjoy authenticity and appreciate food as an art (or ppl who loves IronChef). You might not even get a piece of salmon (or whatever fav. sashimi of yours), the taste is very different from regular Japanese restaurant and the portions are small. You always need a reservation and if you can, try and sit at the sushi bar and befriend the owner/chef, Hiro San...you might get some extra sushi!
Angie's out of 5.0
Renee's out of 5.0