I'd been wanting to come here for some time, but kept forgetting about it until my husband booked it in for my birthday. I had a bad run getting to the restaurant and was caught out in the rain, so I wasn't really in the right frame of mind when we started dinner.
Despite my lack of enthusiasm and preoccupation over how wet my hair was, my mood turned pretty quickly after I realised how lovely and inviting the staff were. Unlike what a previous reviewer mentioned below, they did ask us if we wanted still or sparkling water and offered to start us off with a drink or cocktail.
I was surprised at how large the restaurant is, and how many little private rooms there were. The crowd was a mix of tourists, couples and groups. It was a little on the noisy side, but we were seated on the side, in the sunken tables and away from the larger groups.
We started off with a giant bowl of edamame and wine, and ordered six other dishes between us. We went with some of the signature dishes like the prawn shumai and kingfish jalapeno, as well as some others that came recommended by the waiters - the tempura scampi, sashimi tacos, wagyu tartare and the most surprising of them all, the gindara saikyo-yaki - a miso marinated cod - a beautifully cooked fillet of fish.
As someone who's a little over fine dining, I am in love with this place. Great food, casual, fun, and not stuck up. The question is, why haven't I come sooner?