Not wanting to walk far from my office due to the torrential rain I decided to try this place out for lunch today. I think it opened this week and since it replaced a rather mediocre pan asian hot tray place i wasnt sure what to expect. I was thinking along the lines of the typical Japanese fast food options in the area. However it was nice to find out that it was a definite step up from that monotonous mass produced glop.
The whole vibe in the place was calming, one exposed brick wall, one wood with glass enclosed japanese scrolls and umbrellas hanging from the ceiling with some relaxing trace type music playing quietly in the background. The menu had the typical japanese fare along with some interesting sounding dishes like vinegar flavoured duck, grilled shrimp with a spicy medditeranean sauce and tuna yaki spaghetti.
Feeling the need for some raw fish to help my body get over a slight hangover from the night before i ordered the chirashi lunch special. The salad arrived first which was some assorted greens, a chery tomato and a slice of cucumber interspersed with carrot threads and lightly coated a typical sweetish ginger dressing. Not bad, not mind blowing but nice in the fact that there was no iceberg lettuce. Not too long after the chirashi came out. It came with two tuna with shiso leaf, three salmon, two whitefish, two mackerel with scallion/grated ginger and two crab stick. Other than the fact that it came with crab stick it was very good. The fish was all fresh and presented very nicely. The rice with a sprinkling of tobiko, sesame seeds and bonito flakes was good as well as was the garnish of daikon and beet threads and the ginger which was house made and tasty. The meal with tax and tip was $15 and was worth the price. definitely a good addition to the drab food scene in the financial district. It almost seems a bit out of place but i will be back to try some other things. If you work in the area def worth trying.