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Being "Taken Care of" vs having food placed in front of you...

Bashful3 | Sep 1, 201108:54 AM

Tuesday I ran one errand after another, ending up starving at my inexpensive dry cleaners, near Cottman and Rising Sun. Knew I was having sushi at Matt Ito's Fuji the next day, but I had
to eat, so I dropped in to Makimann sushi without reparking my car. I knew that their sushi was
supposed to be pretty good, and was looking forward to a quick lunch.

It was very reasonable: $10.95 for miso soup, a California Roll, plus 8 interesting looking pieces of sushi. The fish was fine; nothing wrong, but nothing exciting. Admitedly I am spoiled rotten
by eating at Fuji in Haddonfield; I didn't expect excitement at Makimann. It was all in my head,
but I was vaguely uneasy, and I can't say that I was able to enjoy the sushi even though the fish
tasted fine (but not sparkling, if you know what I mean)

I couldn't refrain from mentioned this to Matt Ito the next day. He took it as a compliment, not
an insult, but true artist, he said that when you come to Fuji, we take care of you. When you
eat at many other restaurants, they place food in front of you!

I got it, and felt that was true.

Now my question is, where else can one go to eat, and 'be taken care of', as opposed to
just ordering off the menu, and having the food placed in front of you? Full disclosure: my sushi friend and I never order. We simply sit down at the sushi bar, and let Mat decide what to
serve us. So, yes, we are spoiled. My question does not go to Japanese restaurants, its a question inquiring about other restaurants that give one that special feeling of 'being taken care of'

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