I had a friend came to town for a short visit. I TOTALLY regret about bringing her there for the only dinner we had in town. I heard my colleague mentioned she used to go to this place a lot and loves it. And I asked my friend if she would want to give it a try.
Then, ok, once I stepped into the restaurant, I knew I might got into a wrong place. The decoration.... It's like the classic "fansy Japanese bar" in a 80's Hollywood movie. And then the waitress came to greet us. OH, a white girl with an Asian dress. OK, the whole place gave me a feeling that I am inside a 80's movie setting of a Japanese place that ninja are everywhere and all Japanese men are samurai. COM'ON. It's 2008!!
Ok, let's forget about the deco for a sec. If the food is good, then I can live with it.
Food, pricy for the quality. The taste is very westernize.... it's not Japanese food (I've eaten Teppanyaki in Japanese before). Everything was on the salty side. Nothing special. I can grill and stir fly the same quality of food at home, seriously.
Ok, while they cook, the chefs would give a show of throwing knifes. playing the pepper mill like bruce lee, etc, but they have no facial expression AT ALL. If the "show" is the selling point of the restaurant, they totally fail it. I felt like I was watching a circus show, but the preformers (the chefs) gave me the look that they want to get off work sooner. And I am not kidding, my chef ran away with light speed after he finished cooking. And the service wasn't great either. The chefs only cook, they don't take the order. The person serve the food also wouldn't take order. And then the person who can take my extra order came, but sorry, she doesn't take the order of the drink. Then you need to get the person who can take the order of a drink. I thought human can be multi-task, but not the staff in Kobe.
I regret because there are so many nice places in downtown, but I brought my friend to this crappy so-called Japanese restaurant. After dinner, I told her there are many good food in Vancouver, but I just brought her to a wrong place.
This place could be cool for kids and people who barely meet Asian in their life. Otherwise, it's totally not cool. I won't go back again.