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The Westside: City >
Posted by boots on 06/05/2010
Very authentic and quite typical atmosphere. Chef very kind and attentive. Might have helped that daughter had been a few times and ordered very Japanese food, like gristle! Definitely will go back. The rice dish with egg etc. on top delicious and new to me.
Posted by Jane D. on 03/09/2009
Got sat at the counter in front of the grill. We waited over 10 minutes to place a drink order, then when the waitress finally gets around to take our food order, she gets interrupted by another customer directly to our right to order more food (in Japanese, she was Japanese as well, I'm not Japanese). That's sorta rude, but the worst of it is that she actually started taking their order, instead of telling them to wait and made us wait. I could feel my anger beginning to boil, but tried to calm down because I really had a feenin' for skewers and I have heard so many good things. Finally, she comes back and starts taking our order, again and as we're finishing up she does a quick tally of the amount of things we've requested and tells us "you must order at least 4 skewer each" in broken English. I was incredulous, because we had ordered 6 skewers and 3 other side dishes with the full intention of ordering more food on the next go-round, along with sake and beer. I nearly choked on my own laughter and asked if she was serious, and she said she was. Nice of her to tell me this after I had gone through the entire ordering process, and it was not printed anywhere in the menu, nor was it written on the walls anywhere in plain sight (at least in a language I can read). I mentioned this very loudly and the employee's blank faces told me all I needed to know. Grabbed my wife and got the hell out of there. I've been to Japanese restaurants all over the West Coast, it's a particular hobby/passion of mine, and it's the only place I've ever been to that made me feel like I didn't belong there. Food might be great, but I'll never know because I don't take kindly to the service.