We went to the Eatery recently for a birthday party with a group of eight people, all in their mid 30s. I had never been before, but some members of our group had, and warned that service was sometimes so-so on busy nights (we went on a Saturday). I can only speak from my one-time experience, but the service was some of the best I have ever had! Not only was our server (Alicia?) prompt, polite, and helpful with the menus, but she actually made the birthday more enjoyable. One of us had some mint leaves in a glass that we had already poured some beer into; she apologized profusely and brought us another glass and another entire big Sapporo! When it was time to order, she was very helpful with menu suggestions (it's a big menu) and was very accommodating. Food was pretty quick considering how busy it was. She came back for quality check and chatted with us for a while. After dinner though was really special. Didn't even have to be asked, once plates were cleared she brought out a free dessert with a sparkler. Made the whole occasion really enjoyable!
(She was also really pretty, wanted to ask for her number but didn't have the nerve. So maybe I'm a bit biased.)
I had driven by this place many times during the day but never was that interested by the exterior. It's way different on the inside (at night?), with cool neon signs 'Miso Horny', 'Who's Your Sushi Pimp', etc. Funny pictures by the bathrooms too, maybe not that appropriate for little kids/conservative parents. The entire place was a little grungy for a restaurant, had more of a bar feeling to it, but was interesting enough it didn't matter (though I can see how some people would be turned off). The ceilings are covered with crazy sculptures and pop-culture paintings. Like other people have said, it's a little dark inside, and REALLY noisy, but hey it's not aiming for the fine dining experience, and it's great at what it does.
Don't have too much to say about the value. It was more expensive that your average sushi restaurant, but way more fun. Sure you can get the average roll for <$5 at most places, whereas the 'Funky Creations' at the Eatery cost more, but some of the more expensive ones were well worth the money. The drinks were average price, some were clearly aimed at a younger crowd (the Jailbait?) but were overall good value.
Overall, the food was really good. We shared a bunch of appies and then ordered individual rolls/sashimi.
Tuna Tempura - simply delicious! We got one but then ordered three more in total because they were so good. I was expecting regular tempura with tuna instead of veg/prawn but it was very different, don't know how to describe it but it was EXCELLENT!
Fat Elvis - similar to the tuna tempura but with avocado not tuna. Not quite as good as the tuna but still awesome.
Barbeque 'Carubi' - really good.
Nobashi prawns - okay, nothing spectacular.
Gyoza - low point of the meal for me, not as good as other gyoza I've had.
Devil's Tail - fantastic, little bit spicy, favorite roll of the meal.
Volcano - presentation was beautiful, roll was delicious (deep fried) but I didn't like the "bed of spicy crab meat".
Spicy salmon crunch - shaped like a flower, quite simple but absolutely delicious. Better than spicy salmon/tuna/scallop rolls I've had elsewhere.
Tuna/salmon sashimi - very good, very fresh.
For drinks I had mojitas, sake bombs, and beer. The mojitas were really good.
Overall we all had a great time and I will be going back for sure.