Finally visited this place for lunch and it was good! I think the lunches are similar to the dinners, ie kaiseki at different price points, with lunch prices being more reasonable. I had the $24 set, which is the second cheapest (that being $12) and it was a lot of food:
* Green salad with a few pieces of tofu - the tofu was really fresh, the salad was good, dressed with a light dressing and lots of pine nuts (in fact they seemed to put pine nuts into everything - are they secretly Genovese?)
* Chawan-mushi - had a choice of traditional, creamy (came with a layer of milk) and spicy - flavored by the mushroom, water chestnut and shrimp inside (one each) - the traditional was the best, but the texture of all of them fantastically smooth
* Yuba (beancurd skin) - came in a bucket swimming in milk, you fish it out, add soy sauce, ginger and some sesame seeds. Again, lovely and smooth.
* Tofu steak - on a sizzling hot plate, a few pieces of tofu with a teriyaki sauce, a small potato and piece of broccoli - good, but compared to the other dishes relatively pedestrian
* Sushi of the day - 6 pieces, 2 each of California, spicy tuna, and the most interesting, yuba, sundried tomatoes and some preserved vegetable/ fruit (plum?).
We also got an order of the siu mai on the side - $5 PER PIECE - but quite large, and my friends loved it, so I guess it was well worth it.
We shared a dessert of an apple compote, with a piece of puff pastry, ginger ice-cream and some kind of sauce - yummy!
As the LAT review noted, the place is huge, I am not sure how long they can hold out with it being less than a quarter full at lunch on a Sunday... oh, and the toilets are those ultra-modern Japanese ones - worth a look - I was too chicken to try all their, uh, functions....
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