Had a small bite here after a movie at the Paramount. Handsome place inside, faux painted walls, sleek wood, a small tatami-like area in the front and a bigger regular seating area in the back. Hardwood floors, so the noise level is at the *exciting* level. heh.
The SO had some of the kushiyaki (grilled skewers) and I had a bowl of the soba noodle soup w/tempura. (I didn't want to eat too much as i had a platter of leftover fried chicken at home i had made the night before and i don't what is better: fresh hot fried chicken or leftover room temp fried chicken, hehe). The SO overall liked the skewers, ordering most of them with a teriyaki-style glaze (fish, chicken livers, chicken skin, pork belly w/onion) and shio-yaki squid (salt-grilled). I make my own soba noodle soup and found this one lacking the smokey sweet flavor of katsuo (dried bonito) in the sauce/soup, i mean it must have been there, i could taste the mirin and the sugar and maybe even the kelp, but katsuo should be front and center. anyhow, it was satisfying and even though there was just one shrimp and fish serving, there was also mushroom, potato, broccoli and green pepper, so plenty of food. The kushiyaki was around $3-5nz per skewer and the soup was $11nz.