Submitted Friday, July 11, 2008 - 5:31pm [Dine in]
It's sort of a thing for me to try out all the hainanese chicken whenever it's on the menu and this place certainly serves an almost outstanding dish. It is one of two places (Banana Leaf) that is on my picklist if I have a craving for such. However, the chicken itself is only adequate and half of the merit is given on the serving style (it's all cut up into mouth-size pieces and set around a blob of chicken broth rice like a sunflower.)
Despite what other reviewers say, I find the service good for a cafe/bistro, and the atmosphere is comfortable, again for this genure of establishment.
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Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 6:52pm [Dine in]
This restaurant replaces a popular jazz and live music joint with high-end Japanese dining, but live entertainment still happens late night. We saw frequent peeks from outside but few would walk in. The sushi was fresh and properly sized, and the kitchen food was traditional yet innovative. Sides had to be ordered separately and I didn't like this arrangement, although it probably gives the entrees a more special presentation. Dishes was also on the small side and with sushi and entrees it could easily cost more than $30 per person. In contrast, the plates were oversized; so much so that the table was too small, although the dinerware looked great. Overall, the food rivals other high-end Japanese places around town. Our server tried her hardest to please but didn't know what she was doing. In fact she seemed like she never had authentic Japanese food before. Granted the restaurant is brand new and this is probably just a teething problem. The decor is in the same line as Hapa, and the stepped arrangement is decidedly funky. I would consider this again when looking for this type of food, if not for the odd paring of such food in Commercial.
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