So, this was a big, big disappointment. Took my sig. other to Kuma in on Tuesday night for a birthday dinner. First time there for both of us. We typically go a bit more upscale for a bday, but I was thinking that a casual, relatively inexpensive place with really great small plates could be a great birthday meal.
Boy, was I wrong.
Service was fine, good even. The decor was ok. A mid-priced bottle of sake was quite delicious. The food was disaster after disaster.
Let's run through the list of dishes:
Seaweed salad: a tiny notch up from the stuff you see in containers in delis.
Spicy shrimp: Not spicy, bland, tasted of iodine
Seared tuna: Bland, tasteless.
Special beef salad: I thought this was decent, but the birthday boy took one bite and didn't eat any more. This tends to be the type of dish he really goes for, but he said the beef tasted strange and that was it.
Special grilled sardines: Good, nothing special, just two sardines.
Fried vegetarian rice: Overly salty. I've had better at my corner carryout.
Oyster omelet: Ok, maybe this just wasn't up my alley, although I love oysters in every permutation. I just didn't think it came together and we only ate a couple bites each.
Grilled scallops: My God, these were horrible. In fact, I think this was the only time that I actually think I was served shark meat instead of scallops. Tough, flavorless, inedible.
Note: I didn't see the chef when I walked in, so perhaps the kitchen falls apart when he isn't there. That said, even the quality of the basic ingredients was subpar -- especially for a meal that set up back $160.