Honestly, after hearing and reading such rave reviews, we arrived with high expectations. Sadly, it fell very short of our expectations
We ordered quite a few things. First off, the oysters on half shell. Nothing spectacular... the sauces it came with were creative but we found that it didn't really go with oysters.
Next up were the ebi fritters and beef carpaccio. The Ebi fritters were ok. Nothing spectacular and certainly not worth the $14 we paid for. We felt the ebi mayo at Guu Garlic or at Itadakimasu are of the same quality and taste much better and they only cost half the price. The beef carpaccio was only average. It has a good beef taste but the horseradish creme was quite bland and didn't add to the dish at all.
Next, we get to the much hyped salmon oshii. It's certainly good but as we've never had it at another place before, it's hard to make comparisons. The rice practically falls apart as we're trying to pick it up but the salmon melts in your mouth. Probably the only thing out of our whole meal that we thought was worth the price tag (although we noticed that a lot of their stuff (including the oshii) is pre-made... just sitting there in the kitchen, waiting for someone to order it).
We also ordered the crunchy scallop roll, pacific roll, and the negitoro roll. The scallop roll was like a chopped scallop roll you can order at any Japanese place except they added asparagus in there and sprinkled some crunchy tempura bits on top. I would've like it a lot more if the asparagus wasn't in there as it added an unnecessary texture in the roll. The negitoro roll was also average. The fish was fresh and the roll was nicely wrapped, but that's about it. Hubby and I both agreed the pacific roll was the worst choice out of all the rolls. The avocado sauce on top was bland and the shiso leaf overpowered the flavours of the fish. Best to avoid it.
I think the worst part about this was that about 3, 4 hours after dinner, I started to feel unwell and became very sick. It abated after about half an hour but I felt some lingering nausea for the remainder of the weekend.
When we first arrived, one of the managers was trying to rectify a snafu with a group's reservation (apparently, they put down the wrong date for the group). We waited a few minutes and then were seated. We perused the menu for a good 5 minutes but our server never showed up to take our drink order. In the meantime, the group that had the reservation snafu was seated next to us and as soon as they sat down, their server came and gave them a round of water to start. Another 15 minutes go by and we've decided on what we wanted to order but still no server in sight for us. We closed our menus to signal that we're ready to order and still, nothing. All the while, the table next to us had a server and one of the managers fawning all over them. So finally after 25 minutes of being ignored, I finally flagged down the manager and asked him to find our server for us. He instead suggested that he could take the order down for us and so we ordered with him instead. A few minutes later, I got the tea I ordered but hubby's beer was still a no show. About five minutes after I got my tea, a server (who I later found out was our server) walked by with another tea. When she realized I already got my tea, she kept walking and about another 5 minutes later, she finally showed up with the beer for my hubby. After this, I would say our service was decent. She came by to check on us after each dish was delivered to our table but she was never the one that delivered the dishes and she was never the one that cleared the empty plates off our table.
Honestly, the food here was no fresher than some of the other Japanese prices that I've been to but it's much more expensive.
When you first step in and look around, you can see that they're trying to go for the more fine dining/intimate feel but then you realize the music they're playing is bass heavy, which means when you're trying to speak to the person sitting next to you, you really have to raise your voice to be heard.
Overall, would not be visiting again. Didn't get what all the hype was about. Yes, there was a nice view and all the candles on the table and the dim lighting gave it that romantic feeling but then you get the loud talking everyone is reduced to because of the music and the mood is ruined. Food was only average (and makes you think twice about eating anything raw when you realize a lot of the stuff is pre-made and left sitting out in the open until someone orders it) and service is not on par with the fine dining they're trying to sell here.