Went with the family for Mother's Day. Upon arrival, we saw a note on the door turning people who did not have reservations away because they were fully booked for the night. We walked in and were surprised there was only one table occupied inside. In fact, the entire night there were at most 5 tables of people. If that's fully booked why do they have so many tables available?
The ambiance is nice, but for a 'fine dining' experience I was surprised to see a stained and wrinkled table cloth. The server was pretty good with tea and water refills, but the food took a long time to come. At least they gave us a tiny hors doeuvre to start...one tortilla chip with several slivers of candied squid on top. It was as tasty as one bite of food can be.
We started with some gyoza. They were shaped like ninja stars, which is nice because you know they didn't come out of a package. I wasn't blown away by the taste though, it tasted...well, like a gyoza.
I tried to order the chirashi but they were out. Should've known from other reviewers' comments, they don't seem to stock well on sushi type items. Ordered chicken jyu instead. Others ordered halibut with miso, that pork cutlet with fried rice in egg, and chicken meuniere. Can't say the mother was impressed when her fish arrived...and that's all there was - just a small piece of fish on a fancy plate. For $17 you'd think they could include a miso soup or a bowl of rice? The fish did taste good though. I liked the miso soup, it had pieces of onion and tasty kelp in it, much better than the usual stuff you get at other places. The tuna sashimi that came with the meal was melt in your mouth. My chicken jyu and the chicken meuniere were way too oily. We were also given 'complimentary' dessert of fruit, coffee, or green tea jello. I had the coffee jello, which didn't taste too much like coffee. I tried to taste the husband's green tea jello, but he said there wasn't enough even for him to taste, the portion being so small.
I applaud the chef for trying something different. However, it didn't quite meet the standard of fine dining for me, and is too expensive to be considered for regular Japanese food. Sorry, but this Japanese fusion didn't quite work for me.