Submitted Saturday, May 12, 2007 - 1:57am [Dine in]
Fantastic sushi prepared with fresh ingredients. The moderne open kitchen adds something to the ambiance that traditional open sushi kitchens lack. Combining traditional japanese flavours + a little west coast makes for an enjoyable dining experience. The oysters which were on special were some of the freshest tasting I've had in a while. The prices for what you get are extremely reasonable to my mind. The chef was extremely friendly and keen to explain the flavours of all the dishes we sampled, all in all a wonderful evening.
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From the moment we entered the restaurant we were greeted warmly both by the friendly and acquiescent staff as well as the decor. Me and my friends decided, having heard a number of comments from a friend of ours about the place that it was at last time to try Room Eighteen. We werent disappointed in the least. Their drink menu is broad and varied offering something for everyone though perhaps lacking a little focus. The charming waitress informed us that with the onset of summer both the menu and drink list will be changing to reflect the season... definitely something to look forward to. My friends and I sampled some of the tapas there, I had the lamb (fantastic flavours) and my friend had a chicken burger. For the price and quality I'd say the portions are fairly generous, not overwhelmingly large but enough that you dont leave starving. All in all Room Eighteen does what a local hangout should, invite you in and make you want to stay the evening. Definitely a place I'll be returning to.
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 1:48am [Dine in]
Unfortunately, I came to Fuel with great expectations, as all restaurants must be approached for the first time. A charming concept, open kitchen dining experience, but that's as far as the charm will take you. The dining area tries so hard for a minimalist approach that it comes off as almost unfinished. The waitress, though pleasant was borderline unattentive and could definitely be spared the ritual of a six minute presentation of each dish. If it's on the menu I don't need to hear it again. The food was, in general, nicely presented (apart from the abomination that is the veal breast) though lacking in the flavour department. The dishes lacked a focus with too much emphasis on contrast and forced simplicity instead of letting the ingredients speak for themselves. The desserts were a step up, though, still some odd combinations. Different but not in the exciting way. All in all, a valiant attempt at new age dining without the goods to back it up.
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