Submitted Tuesday, January 16, 2007 - 1:43am [Dine in]
So my gf made reservations here because this place had a cool concept of having alcohol in every dish which sounded interesting. We got there at about 7 and it was fairly empty but a few more tables arrived a bit more later into the evening.
The service was good, our waitress was very friendly. Ambiance was soothing and looks like a great place to relax for a drink. The cocktails we had were of the norm.
Then it landslides from there .. the food and drink menu does not offer too many choices but that's not important if the selective few are good, but every dish (I am not joking) was extremely salty. I don't know if it was their intentional strategy to get patrons to drink more or their salt shaker holes are way too big but I took 2 bites of my burger and I was done. My head was spinning from all the salt, not the alcohol which btw I couldn't taste any of, except a hint in a couple of the sauces. The fries were bland except they came with 3 sauces, chipotle mayo, ketchup and this other cheesy one. The beef tenderloin was very tender but once again very, very salty. Teriyako Chicken bowl, salty, isn't teriyaki suppose to be sweet? Maybe they mixed it up with soya sauce. Calamari was soggy. Well you get the point.
I will not be returning for even a snack as I don't think my blood level can handle it but if I'm ever in the neighborhood and thirsty then I would drop by for a drink and enjoy the atmosphere.
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Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 1:49am [Dine in]
About the only thing going for them here is the great selection of beers on tap, and all for some pretty low prices! Then that was about it ... I've been here many times.. ordered many different appy's .. none of them were good .. some were edible at best .. the entree's were ok, the steaks and fish .. but that's all you get, the entree, the sides you have to order, you actually have to ORDER some kind of veggies on the side of your steak .. and then the bill stacks up!
Service was subpar, given it was quite busy the night that I went, it's no excuse to have my beer glass empty for 5-10 minutes after EVERY glass. When I tried to flag down another server... even when I was waving my arms frantically 2 feet in front of them they just pretended I was invisible. Most likely because it's not their section. The least they could do is acknowledge that I exist and tell me they are going to get my server.. but nope.. just blew by me like I was a lamp post!
Ambiance was alright for a sports bar. The music was a tad too loud though, had to repeat myself many times to my friends before I got my message through and vice versa.
Final verdict is that I will return every now and then after dinner for some cheap drinks, but nothing more.
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Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 1:14am [Dine in]
So my girlfriend and I went to this place after the constant raving from my friend about their Lobster Pasta, and boy was he right!
We started off with the baked prawns which were not great but not bad either. I've just had better at places that charge even less.
The lobster was great! The spaghetti itself a was a tad too undercooked for my liking but I've heard many others prefer it that style so I guess that's just me. My gf had their pasta special of the day, seafood pasta with baked cream oysters, the oysters were quite creamy, my gf loved the cheese they used! After all that we had no room left for dessert, although all the previous reviews is making my regret not ordering any!
The service was impeccable, our server was quite knowledgeable and had a friendly hearty laugh! Our wine and water glasses were also always promptly filled.
The ambiance was very soft and warm. I guess it was a Monday night as well so it wasn't very busy either, so made the place feel very .. bland ..
Overall a very nice place but it is quite pricey!
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Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2005 - 8:16am [Dine in]
They really live up to their name in Charcoal grill! It was very hard to find parking, but that is normal around that area. When I walked in there was a very youthful buzzing ambiance but the scene as a whole was too hectic for my preference. Maybe because it was really busy at that moment. When I was finally seated after a short wait I quickly wanted to order a drink because I knew it was busy but the server told me she would be right back, which turned out to be over 5 minutes, but when she came back she was really nice. The menu had a big variety of skewers to choose from, they even had a combo set where I could choose a bunch of different skewers for a set price which was neat. I ordered the Special Yakitori-don which also came with an egg which the regular Yakitoridon didn't have an egg, and it was very delicious! The prices are not expensive at all either! Overall it's a good place to be with a bunch of friends to have some drinks and grab some grilled snack foods.
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Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2005 - 7:40am [Dine in]
A couple months ago me and my friend went to what was then known as Kamei Royale to eat dinner but realized that they closed for renovation. So yesterday we went back and found that they changed their name to Kamakura. The moment I stepped inside I was taken by surprise, the interior has all been revamped, the huge sushi bar was painted a very modern black, they had some very unique looking mini-houses. Once seated I felt that I had my own private room which was quite a new experience. I was worried that in these enclosed houses I wouldn't be able to see any servers let alone wave to them if I needed anything but that was not a problem. The servers were always prompt to check up on us. I first noticed on the menu that they actually had a variety of fresh oysters to choose from which is quite rare in a japanese restaurant. I ordered half a dozen Golden Mantle and Pacific Rims. The Pacific Rims were small but very sweet and delicious. Next we ordered a sockeye salmon and Toro sashimi. The sashimi came 7 pieces each on a bed of ice, very well presented. I expected the sashimi to be too cold but it was just right, and very fresh! Then we tried the BBQ scallops and grilled beef tongue. The scallops came on top of a fancy burning fire and the smell of it was mouth-watering! The beef was very, very tender and juicy! Lastly I got the Kobe beef don and my friend got the Kimchi fried rice. I didn't try the fried rice but my kobe don was really flavourful! Afterwards I was too stuffed for dessert but my friend ordered a Mango crepe and when it came I was surprised to see how big it was, it also looked really nice. When the bill came I was expecting to be paying a lot considering the quality and detailed presentation of the delicious food we ate but it was very reasonable. All in all I would have to say it was a very pleasant experience and I will be going back again in the very near future, probably with more people so I can order a larger variety of dishes and enjoy them all!
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