After multiple failed attempts @ arriving here for b4 the line stretches out the door, I've finally succeeded ~6:30pm. The wait thereafter was only ~5-10 min. The first round of evening diners are just clearing out. By 7pm, the wait becomes longer.
W/such glowing reviews, I really was looking forward to tasting all they had to offer & was making plans on the next meal even b4 getting seated. W/such a crowd daily, it must be exceptional! Or so I thought.
Fish is fresh. Cuts are generous. However, the current special white tuna's the only highlight. More fatty & creamy than the regular stuff. It did look like it's from a part of the belly, but the toro's extremely lacking in flavour & texture. The saba's bland but ikura's good.
Rolls are huge. It tasted like I had nothing but rice though evidently, there were plenty of content. The papaya crab roll had bare visible traces of papaya, while the lightly battered stick of artificial crabmeat's very visible & plentiful. At least the tempura batter made this tolerable. The spicy tuna tempura roll is a definite avoid. The tuna tempura's too dry. The nice spicy sweet sauce topping the roll couldn't even help to make it less so.
The tempura batter is light & crispy. The dry & seemingly recooked/overcooked shrimp tempura tasted of Chinese deep fried shrimp. The other tempura items were great.
Udon is perfect in taste & texture. Gyoza, however, can afford to be pan fried a little longer. Skin's nice & thin, but one side was nearly undercooked, while the flat side was only lightly browned but still too soft.
You can be filled for relatively little $ spent. The highest marked nigiri is @$1.80 though uni is "current priced" if avail.
Service is fine & relatively speedy. Small, so recommended in parties of 1-4 at most. [email protected], while it's metres in front.
Overall, not worth a revisit on my part for the rush & then the possible wait time--though fish is fresh, it still left me dissatisfied.