My first visit to Sushi Garden was accompanied with two of my friends who have had experienced the restaurant before and recommended. We entered through the back door from the parking lot, the space was tight and cleanliness was not apparent. As we waited to be seated, two waitresses tried to seat us at different tables (without so much of a greeting), lacking total communication. The chefs behind the bar did not greet us either and only stared as we made our entrance.
The restaurant is small, and the owner decided it would be a great idea to pack in as many tables as possible without any slight consideration for guests. Definitely not recommended for anyone that seeks an intimate experience. The only favorable point to note was the beautiful painted walls.
Once settled, tea was served and menus were presented. One waitress came to our table within a minute expecting us to order already. When we told her that we needed a few more minutes, she never came back afterwards. A male waiter came by instead, and he was the most friendliest person in the entire place, always seen smiling. Props to him.
The rolls ARE delicious and fresh. We ordered the Chicken Teriyaki Roll, the Island Roll, the Hawaiian Beef Roll, the Negitoro Roll, and a serving of Toro Sashimi -- all of which I would recommend. The portions were generous and everything appeared and tasted great. Delish!
As we paid for our bill at the cashier, not even a word of gratitude was uttered. I tried to generate some sort of response from the earlier two waitresses by saying thank you and bidding them goodbye. They did not even pay the slightest attention to me.
As a hospitality management student and someone who works in the industry, this was an absolute disappointment. The next time I'm heading back to Sushi Garden, it's for take-out only.