04/20/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Strike 1: It took 7 minutes to be seated, the only delay was clearing tables (bus boy was AWOL). The hostess barely looked up from her phone and remained seated.
Strike 2: A good sign your diners are ready to order is when they've stopped reading the menus. Our server walked past us TWICE in this state, he got out drink orders wrong, and was very short in conversational skills. At this point I still would have tipped, then......
Strike 3: When dinner arrived, there was a fork stuck straight up in my rice. I've lived in Japan, and my wife is Japanese, this is the single most disrespectful thing you can do at a restaurant. I've heard of patrons being kicked out for such antics. This is a MOCKERY of a very solemn ceremony in Japan where a Shinto priest offers a meal to the ancestors. The only reason I didn't walk out was because it would upset my wife, but I assure you, I will never return.
In addition to the disrespect to Japanese culture and ancestors, my wife and I noticed the general attitude of the staff was that we were an inconvenience. The best part about a Japanese dining is the service and if you can't bring a little bit of that to the table, just go home.