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Hanami- Wont be back Ever!


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Hanami- Wont be back Ever!

michelep | | Dec 19, 2009 04:20 AM

Well it was time for the owners to reinvent the wheel on this restaurant that they have owned for a few years .now. Unforttunately for them I will not be back!
The first nght of this new name, new menu and 3 new chefs were last night, a Friday no less. Who opens a new or in this case a "reinvented" restaurant on a Friday. I did ask the owner that and she said she had thought she had it all together! Apparently not as she apologized that it took way to long for our food to come to the table.
Amd now for the food part of the review! The 3 chefs come from NYC establishments such as Nobu, Megu and Mr. Chow. There is a different chef for the Sushi, Japanese, and Chinese part of the menus.
We sit down and 2 of us ordered the won ton soup, different but good. Then we look at the menu and we each pick a dish to share, and almost always we have leftovers anywhere that we go, Tonight was a much different story. We ordered a Grilled Chicken dish with Teryaki and Vegetables, a Grilled Shrimp dish and a noodle dish-mei fun w/ veggies. I must the presentation was very pretty. The food however was finished in 3 bites! The grilled shrimp dish for 22 dollars consisted of 4 shrimp. Yes I said "4" The chicken dish had roughly 3 ounces of chicken along with some veggies, and the noodle dish was a little bigger but not very big. We also received 2 bowls of rice, I mean small bowls which was actually ok.
Gone is the hot tea (maybe you need to ask). There is however a fancy tea menu-cold tea drinks. Gone are noodles and duck sauce, and also gone are the fortune cookies. We were however offered a mint on the way out.
I am not sure how a restaurant like this can survive? My friends wont believe me that I left a little hungry. I am the one that usually has a "doggie" bag . Desserts were not offered to us, but I later looked at the menu given to us on the way out to take home, and there were 3 choices that were about 10 bucks each. I could only imagine that I could take 2 bites and this too would be gone.
So dinner for 3 w/o tip is 60 dollars-2 soups, 3 main entrees, 1 iced tea drink- Wont be back