Hi, I went to Imadake last night, and want to share my experience with you.
The moment we entered the restaurant, the staff warmly greeted us in Japanese. The decor is minimalist (black chalkboard, wooden stools, modern lighting), and the waiters and waitresses interestingly wear Japanese school uniforms(?).
As appetizers, we tried the beef tataki, takoyaki, chicken karaage and okonomikayi. The beef tataki with yuzu sauce was kind of dry, we thought it'd be like a carpaccio but instead it was grilled, perhaps a bit too overcooked. The takoyaki was just okay, not amazing, it was deep fried instead of grilled in the takoyaki mold. The chicken karaage was the best, it was deep fried yet it wasn't oily at all. The okonomikayi was a let down. We ordered the pork belly one, but they brought us the seafood one. They put some kind of vegetables ( i believe daikon carrots) which were not cooked fully, made the okonomikayi very crunchy. I don't know if this could happen, but the texture overtook the flavors.
As main course, we had the "cha siu" pork belly ramen, the spicy chicken ramen, the "raw steak" ramen, and the black cod miso ramen. You could have it with either miso broth or soya broth.
We all chose the miso broth, and were happy with this choice. The broth was richly flavored, a tad salty, but since everything else in the noodle weren't, it balanced out. The raw steak one had the same beef as the beef tataki. Had we known this, we would have ordered something else.
Overall, the food was good, but not fabulous. With 4 appetizers, 4 ramens, 1 beer and 3 teas, the bill came to 120$ tax and tip included (for what we had, i found this a bit steep, considering I spent the same amount at Kazu and walked out mesmerized). I suppose the expectations were too high. Would I go back? probably not for now. There is a somewhat amature-like feeling to the restaurant which I cannot pinpoint why, perhaps the service, perhaps the flavors.
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