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TAKAMI - disappointment


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TAKAMI - disappointment

Mr. Cookie | | Oct 16, 2007 01:19 PM

Mrs. Cookie and I went to Takami Sushi Bar and Robata for the first time recently. I had high hopes we would find a sophisticated new Japanese restaurant downtown.

First impressions: Nice view, friendly staff.

Lasting impressions: Amazingly mediocre food.

The tuna in the sashimi salad was tasteless, and the rest of the fish was just OK. Plus, the salad came with florets of an unidentified paste/garnish in three different colors. We had to ask our waiter about them -- he explained they consisted of mashed potatoes mixed with different ingredients to flavor them. Not a bad idea, but why didn't he explain this to us when he brought the salad?

The robata (grilled skewers) were disappointing. One, eggplant, came with three pieces, two of which were undercooked. The chicken "meatball" was overly salty, but OK. The asparagus was OK. The duck breast was fatty AND chewy, virtually inedible.

The Pop Art Crab, one of the restaurant's specialty dishes, was forgettable -- dull flavors.

So much for my high hopes. Nice view, though -- next time I'll limit myself to enjoying it over a drink.

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