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Ace Wasabi Redux

irascible chef | Jan 18, 2009 01:53 PM

Ace Wasabi Reux

--iChef Returns to Ace...

As a follow up to my Ace Wasabi: How Important is the Waiter post I needed to check up on an old San Francisco treat--Ace Wasabi Rock and Roll Sushi.

This needed to be a secret--like I was anyone off the street a regular customer (like I have been since 1994.) After all, I recommend this restaurant to my friends and family, I have a reputation!

So How did Ace Wasabi Rock and Roll Sushi do on Thursday 1/8/09?

Let me set the table if you will...

We were sat right away way in the back.

I asked the hostess in this coy, but obvious manner, "We won't get lost back here, will we?"

"Oh, no," she said, matter-of-factly.

And then we proceeded to be left alone. Not in a good way. Alone, to the point of craning neck signaling--something is a miss here, need some help please. I finally asked a busboy but that didn't appear to help. No drinks, no nibbles, no food being prepared, blah blah, blah.

Oh, no Ken Lowe, please say it aint so!

I was catching up with a past colleague and friend, so that part was good, but I brought that part with me to the restaurant with my shoes for example. I wasn't expecting the restaurant to provide that part, versus the food, drinks, and helpful and friendly service smile--I did expect that.

Let's just say that when our waiter did report for duty,

Micheal B (as it said on the bottom of the check) was FANTASTIC! Helpful, friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable, attentive--what I expect!

The food that night, which has never been an issue, was as it always is--Fan-*Bleepin*-da-be-dosey--Tastic!

* Hot sake was hot--the right kind of hot, not the hot that shreds my rooftop or scorches my palette.
* Albacore Tataki--still the best I've ever had anywhere!
* Individual orders of sushi--salmon my favorite--couldn't be fresher or more delicious!
* Salmon Tartar--Old School-style (and you have t ask for that because it's not on the menu)
* Spider Roll--oh the spider roll... Mmm mm good!
* The Ozzy Roll--tuna and Jalapenos never tasted do good!
* The Steiner Roll--shrimp tempura, eel, and cukes--unbeatable combination!

My guest and I left very satisfied!

Recommendation to the diner: Get yourself to Ace Wasabi Rock and Roll Sushi!

Recommendation to management of Ace: I still say there needs to be a strong visible management presence that can see problems (act versus react) as they are happening so you can minimize the issue for the people paying the bills--let's face it this is the restaurant business there are going to be problems--the nature of the beast!

--it's how how big you let those fires get and how you put those fires out--that will keep the people coming back!

--I'll be back!

I might even introduce myself the next time... We'll see!
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