Went to Douzo (?) at 131 Dartmouth last night. The place was gorgeous. They really dropped a lot of cash on doing the place up. A lot of dark woods and polished metal in a room with very high ceilings. The acoustics were awful because of the ceilings, so the music was just a little too loud which meant that the conversations at the adjoining tables were also too loud. I should mention that there is a restaurant ceiling cam (little black dome towards the back ceiling) which always freaks me out (why do people need to watch me out on closed circuit TV?). I think someone else mentioned how odd it was that there is no coat check in a place like this. The place was maybe 1/4 full when we got there around 8 pm.
Edamame with sea salt and lime was a good starter. I never thought to add lime to my edamame but it was pretty good The scallop chips were really tasty, interesting and beautifully presented. It was slices of scallop in a spicy mayo with tobiko on really delicate crispy waffle chips ($9.50). There are four to an order.
I got the sushi dinner. Two pieces of that white fish I don't like, two pieces of tuna, one salmon, one ebi, one salmon roe, a piece of eel, and a California roll. The girlfriend got the salmon skin roll, futomaki, and ordered a side of yakisoba.
The fish was superior: the tuna was not grisly, the salmon buttery, the ebi was big and crisp, and the eel was huge and tasty. The salmon skin roll was also good but the skin was not as cirsp as I like it.
The yakisoba was odd, it was like the veggie lo mein that you can get at that cafeteria-style place in Chinatown on Kneeland, but was less greasy with better ingredients. The noodles were clearly of a better consistency. I liked it but I am not sure it was worth $3.50 for a small plate.
We wanted to try their creme brulee for dessert, alas, it had been 86'd.
Our waitron was super-nice.
The restaurant still needs to get the kinks out because I ordered a ginger ale and was told five minutes later that I was not going to be getting a carbonated beverage because they had run out of CO2. How does a restaurant run out of CO2? They comped me my green tea.
Our verdict is that the place is doing some inventive things in a gorgeous setting. I don't know if I am driven to go back again for a sit-down dinner, but I would definitely be happy meeting people there for drinks and getting some of their apps since that appears to be where the really interesting things are happening. I definitely want to try their yakitori (although I didn't see the elusive yakitori chicken cartilage I crave).
Price was a shy expensive but not save-up-your-pennies-for-a-special-night-out.
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