Last night we went to Isuzu, a Japanese old standby for us in Japan Town. When we walked in, we realized it was a different restaurant. Under new owenership, the restaurant had a minor remodel, and now the main dining room is airy and seems much nicer.
Also changed was the addition of Hawaiian food. On the back of the dinner menu was an host of Hawaiian plates. We were in the mood for sushi so we did not order Hawaiian food, but it looks like the rest of the restaurant did. I would say half of the patron (the restaurant was almost full) were there for the Hawaiian food, and it did look quite good and smelled good.
Maybe their Hawaiian food is good, but their Japanese has definitely gone down hill. The beef terriaki was terrible, chewy and lacking of any beef flavor. The two rolls that we ordered (49er roll and tempera shrimp roll) were not made with care, things fell apart too easily. I also think they mistakly given me some other roll becuase as I recalled, the 49er roll should have tobiko, ours didn't. They used to give complementary edamame, now they don't. The services was horrible, slow and bad. Our rice that accompanied the dinner was brought out much later than the entree item. The tempera items brought out even later. No tea were provided until asked. The whole dining experience left a bad taste in our mouth.
I might go there again to try their Hawaii food, but neve again for their Japanese.
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