Went to Riingo last night and had an enjoyable meal. The place had been opened for 16 days so i would say any judgement would be premature. The space itself is suprisingly small. However i think the make good use of the space. Most impressive part of the space is its huge cielings and pretty wood work.
The staff was very eager, knowledgable and helpfull. In fact i think it worked out to be a one to one ratio between customers and staff. We started out with drinks. I had a sake margarita and she had a cucumber sake drink which she enjoyed and i disliked. I also thought the margarita was too tart, so we switched to sake and beer. The menu is divided into several different parts, and its pretty similar to the one that is on menu pages.
Before you order you are given a bamboo bread holder that has a few pieces of sour dough bread, and some flattened rice sheets with either wasabi or red pepper in it that adds a little bite. There is also a chick pea, edamame, olive oil dip that accompanies it. (Very good). She had the miso soup with oysters and clams in it. It was a simple light broth that was really good. I ordered the tuna ceasar salad with sea urchin dressing. It was very interesting and the sea urchin provided the fishy taste that the anchovy normaly does. The only problem was it was a little underdressed. (Glad i tried it wouldnt get it again)
We then ordered the kobe carpaccio with eel and mushrooms, as well as seared mackeral with nori wrapped fois gras and seared water melon. The carpaccio was nothing special. The nori wrapped fois gras was deep fried. The seared mackeral and water mellon was to be eaten together. And was refreshing after eating the piece of fois gras. All in all it was pretty good ,but was more inventive then satisfying. It was served on a wave shaped plate that had a little cut out square on the far left that held one of the pieces of mackeral and watermelon.
We then had a sushi omakase which they screwed up. We were supposed to get a sashimi omakase each, but once the sushi chef came out to present and explain all the pieces, i felt bad sending it back so we ate it anyway. There was toro, and sardine, tuna eel rolls, squid, horse mackeral, fried sardine spine, sable.. All very good, but nothing spectacular.
By the end of dinner we didnt feel like getting dessert.
All in all i would say that the restaurant has promise. (Glad i went, am not going back for awhile)I would suggest to anyone going to get more of the cooked food, liked to try the braised ribs, i would suggest the mackeral with melon. I wanted to try the whole snapper for two. Which seems to be presented like the fish at morimotos. Where the meat is taken off the bones and then the bones are deep fried twice so you can eat them.
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