My wife and I had a blast at umenohana last night. They had a special kaisike dinner for july 7th ( a japanese holiday) that was 7 courses of mixed enjoyment. Firstly, the decor and feng shui of this restaurant is awesome. You can read in other threads the pluses and minuses of the large space, but it was still striking and romantic. We sat at a half round with pillows and a special magnetic cooktop table. Each course came out rather quickly. Youmight tell the server to slow down the courses if you are not in a hurry. Nonetheless, our dinner took 3 hours, and if not for the baby at home with sitter, we'd have stayed longer.
Memorable dishes: The cooked Yuba,done tablesideis a blast. Alittle bland, but fun and totally original. The shrimp and chicken/tofu siumai was otherworldly. Kobe beef tataki was exquisite and the pana cotta was so amazing I almost lost it ( and I lived in Italy with a nonna who made real northern italian panna cotta). The sushi platter (course 5) was horrible. So strange for dishes to be so elegant and perfect and then one course to missthe mark so wildly. Oh well! By that point of the meal we just laughed it off and ate more Yuba with sesame seeds.
I highly reccommend this spot off North Canon with simple public $2 parking by the way. We will go back often and with much anticipation. Total price for two people: 2 kaisike menus, bottle of Chalone 2002 viogner, evian, tip of 20%, $260
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