12 Dec 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower
My partner and I dropped in for dinner after having gone over the menu at the entrance- the selections looked interesting enough.
We had 2 sticks each of the pork belly, basil chicken, wagyu tongue and scallop skewers, sea urchin sushi, and a glass of plum wine on ice. Unordered but provided as part of the 'cover charge' (more on this later) were 2 servings of potato salad, and a bowl of raw cabbage with a large spoonful of miso that you mix in to your liking.
The skewers were tasty, if on the salty side (but not unpleasantly so). The wagyu tongue was not bad, but unremarkable for the price. The scallops were good, and I enjoyed the doneness though my partner found them on the tough side. The rest of the skewers were pretty much as you'd expect; cooked well and tasty, but nothing exceptional. The sea urchin sushi was very good indeed, tasting fresh and flavourful.
Pricing seems oddly unbalanced- certain items like the pork belly skewers came in at roughly under 4 dollars per skewer, but items like the scallop, wagyu skewers and sea urchin sushi ran into approximately 12-13 dollars per skewer/piece. Serving sizes were average, with 3 scallops per skewer, a rather skimpy serving of wagyu tongue per stick, and 3-4 small pieces of sea urchin per sushi piece. The scallops were large and plump, so that's a mitigating factor. Also, most items on the menu can only be ordered in pairs... so the tally quickly runs up; you'll be paying ~25 dollars for those 2 skewers of tongue! One might think that a place with these prices wouldn't need to nickle and dime customers- but you'll be greeted with a 5 dollar 'cover charge' per person when the bill arrives, presumably to pay for those salads and hot towels you were presented with earlier. A cheap cover charge for a club, but unwarranted for an already pricey restaurant.
Service was below average. The older waiter taking our orders reeked of cigarette smoke, and was matter-of-factly going through the motions of order-taking. He didn't accurately convey the amount of plum wine that actually gets served per order, first stating it was a "small bottle", but shortly afterwards (and after the order had been placed) mentioned this was in fact a single glass. Attempts to pass him back the menu were met with a pen pointing at the other half of our table, accompanied by a 'suggestion' that we leave the menus there. I get it: you think we might want to order more at a later time, but there are ways to say that without seeming like you're just too lazy to do your job.
Our order of sushi was forgotten, and did not arrive till after my partner reminded a waitress. This was made up for somewhat by the very apologetic waitress/manager who hurried over and apologised, followed by two complimentary cups of hot tea (not amounting to much in value, but a nice gesture nonetheless).
All in, an unremarkable experience at much too high a price.