07 Jul 2008 • 155 reviews • 71 followers
Think I’d better stop be tempted by reviews on the net! Been reading quite a number of good reviews about this place, so being the very kaypoh me came here to see see. Of coz with the best company in the world! :)
Woa! I thought I walked into the wrong restaurant man! These guys are ex-Kuriya team, it’s no wonder the décor looks like Kuriya, place smells like Kuriya, food very Kuriya, people very Kuriya, even their uniforms also like Kuriya!
Set meals here are not exactly cheap. Discounting the weekly special sets which cost $21.60-$28.60, the usual sets range from $32-$40 and the monthly ones $47-$88! (haha I think I much prefer my $15 and $25 chirashi!) I ordered the Rakuichi Bento ($32.60). There’s salad, sashimi, tempura, chawanmushi, grilled cod, miso soup and rice. Sounds like a lot of food on the table lol. But it’s really only a bit of each! I didn’t like the sashimi coz it tasted really insipid! No taste of “fish”. Cod wasn’t oily at all! :( And oh yes! The (only) table next to ours ordered the same bento, but the lady had some fatty salmon belly while I didn’t get any. Well, I.F. if they were regulars then I’m ok with the differential treatment. But they were not! Can tell! Why so I wonder.
Bleah! I tried asking for fresh wasabi the waitress say have to pay! Woa! Hmm…so set lunches don’t warrant such premiums HERE ok fine…BUT I know of many other worthy places which willingly and unconditionally give me fresh wasabi if I request, even if it’s only for my set lunches or grilled fish! Sun…Akashi….Tatsuya….then hor! Aoki, Yoshida and of coz my favoritest Nogawa ONLY serves fresh wasabi. I don’t even have to ask! ‘Nuff said. :X
My favoritest person in the world ate her favoritest unagi donburi. She wanted it coz it came as part of the weekly special lunch sets ($21.60) which also included the same salad and sashimi I had, grilled tai (snapper) fishhead and soba in soup. She absolutely loves any unagi anywhere so I can’t comment on this. Snapper head was quite fresh she said but haha she didn’t like the soba coz it became so soggy!
The nicest part of the whole meal was the black sesame ice cream dessert! It’s really rich and fragrant! I always like Kuriya’s black sesame ice cream and Rakuichi’s black sesame ice cream tastes exactly the same as Kuriya’s black sesame ice cream haha. ‘Nuff said.
I note the service staff here are not friendly at all. They are so nonchalant and detached from their guests. Yes I was there to enjoy a meal with my favoritest person in the world not to get chummy with them. But at least smile one can? Think they all need a group hug.
Hmm…I think I’m happier with my Matsuo’s bento, Akashi's warmth, and Nogawa’s chirashi & everything else thankyouverymuch. :-/