I love a new sushi restaurant, especially when it's in my neighbourhood. Ocean West is a great improvement on the spotty yet cleverly names "Chow" the asian fusion restaurant that once shared this location. Japanese food is a great art, and the talented chef that has designed Ocean West's menu is certainly a talented artist, and most likely will enjoy the company of many food lovers at this conveniently located south Granville restaurant.
The actual graphic design of the menu, however, leaves much to be desired. As a professionally trained graphic designer myself, I would need much more real estate to describe the problems with the photograph-smothered offense that was presented to me when I sat down at our table with my lovely guest. Personally, a menu should not have photographs, unless it's the menu from your local Denny's where the patrons are so blind drunk that they need pictures to see what they're ordering. Technically, if images are used, they should at least be print resolution. The 72 dpi smeary excuses for food representation was at best confusing, and at worst an insult to the delicious cuisine that arrived to our table. Typographically, the zapf chancery typeface should not be used, ever, and ideally should be erased from all computers and printed record in a typographic holocaust that would ultimately make the world a better place. Unfortunately, the designer of the menu does not share my views on this issue, yet she did feel perfectly justified in giving credit to herself at the back of the menu. An interesting decision, not unlike the decision to publicly defecate in one's trousers and then promptly announce to all within earshot that you just did it.
But I digress.
The food is fantastic, of good value, and the chef did the dining room the courtesy of escaping the kitchen to greet each table, making sure we were all enjoying our meals. I can assure you, chef, that my breathtakingly beautiful date and I certainly did enjoy ourselves and your delicious food, and we will be back, en masse. On our next visit, I will also bring an old dog-eared graphic design textbook for the benefit of your menu designer.