Wow, this place is gonna be off the hook within weeks or a month at the most.
They have been open for a day or two and service is still definitely being worked out -- we went for lunch and everybody got served the wrong stuff.
But they said they're "limiting reservations" at night -- presumably to get the right crowd (i.e., young). They're aiming for a Morimoto effect.
HUGE space on San Vicente where a bunch of things have been, including El Dorado. The first thing you think when you enter is "Eurochow moved," but despite lots of white this ain't Eurochow. In addition to every possible configuration of tables, there are lots of comically-soft couches/booths/banquettes, including a huge booth that seems to snake into the wall, then around, and back out. We didn't really even get a look at the second room off to the right that further heightens the cavernous perception.
Check out the men's room and you'll definitely see the Morimoto thing happening. You put soap on your hands, then start the water flowing over the large block and rinse your hands in it. They're going for a young crowd, the kind that goes from one S. Starr restaurant to the next in Philly. I predict this will be one of the most happening places on the (true) Westside. Either that, or a huge bomb.
There's a robata bar, sushi, some traditional Japanese stuff like teriyaki and tempura combo plates, lots of rolls, and some of the Katsuya specials that are the real point in going. Yes, they had the spicy tuna w/crispy rice at lunch; no, they didn't have the seared albacore w/fried onions -- that's dinner only.
The place is designed to separate you from your money. I had a shrimp tempura roll. Dad had one order of albacore sushi, a chicken teriyaki lunch, and we split the spicy tuna on crispy rice and a bottle of Voss sparkling water. With tip we were out $70 at lunch.
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