Stopped by Mikado in Ardmore last night to discover that it has merged with Thai Pepper. They've opened up a passage between the two formerly separate restaurants, left the sushi bar from the former Mikado, and made the kitchen in Thai Pepper partially open.
Prospectively I wasn't too happy with the idea of the change, as the two cuisines seem quite distinct to me, and I was more of a fan of Mikado than of Thai Pepper. Also the new menu seems to offer a lot less by way of Japanese dishes than did the old Mikado menu (or so it seemed to my increasingly unreliable memory, at least as concerns such subjects). That said, our appetizer of crunchy fried calamari with two dipping sauces was excellent, as was my entree of sesame-crusted sushi-grade tuna on wasabi mashed potatoes. And my wife's sushi platter also looked quite good.
The credit-card bill listed only "Thai Pepper" - don't know if that means that they're the governing party in the merger (or if the merger was more like a take-over).
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