I say preliminary because my dining partner, Debbie W, and her husband were with me, and they took photos...I'm sure some we'll show up here sooner or later.
Definitely enjoyed our dinner here. We did have some service issues: we ordered a bunch of dishes to share (its mostly all small plates) and some came out pretty quickly...and then nothing. For quite awhile. Debbie commented that no one in the restaurant was getting anything for awhile. Then the rest of the meal came in a big rush more than 30 minutes later.
I thought maybe it was because a lot of people showed up at once and the restaurant got overwhelmed. Its small (maybe 10 tables?) and it was packed by the time we left. I also realized when I thought about it that the first set of dishes we got were all the cold ones...I wonder if the grill wasn't warmed up enough at first? (We were the first folks to arrive when the restaurant opened right at six...I had requested an early dinner since I was coming straight from work...).
Anyway, the grilled dishes were all standouts when they did come. I can't decide if I liked the butter scallops or the lamb chop better. Might have to go back and taste them both again to decide :-) Also really enjoyed the green tea noodles. They are served cold, with a poached egg on top. I think Debbie is addicted to their sauce.
My personal favorite taste of the night sounded pretty simple on the menu: asparagus tempura. But instead of being coated with tempura batter, the asparagus are coated with crushed rice crackers (you know, the ones with the sweet-salty taste that are a popular Japanese snack...)...and then deep fried. Man, that was good.
Dinner for three was $135 including tax, tip, and a round of Sapporos on tap. Not cheap, but not bad considering the quality and quantity of the food.....Will have to bring my son who is a frequent traveler to Japan here and see what he thinks....
I'm trying to remember what we ate. Here's a preliminary list, Debbie can tell us if I missed anything:
Oysters three ways
Raku pickles (an assortment: cabbage, radish, cucumber, okra, etc. very good!)
grilled "hot" peppers (not all that hot)
a broth with pickle dish ...forget the name.
grilled special mushrooms with bacon
green tea noodles
Am I forgetting anything? Thanks for the good company, Debbie!