This Japanese restaurant was definitely on the side of typical. With the dark lighting, oriental paper lamps, and coy pond, this restaurant has everything you would expect in this cuisine genre. The two waitresses were very nice. We also had a waiter help us at the end of our meal. There was no shortage of help in this restaurant.
Now that we have discussed the boring, lets now get to the exciting. Can a picky eater have sushi? The answer to this is maybe. This is only my second time with sushi so take what I am about to say lightly. The Japanese bagel roll reminded me of what is usually called the Philly roll, depending on where you go. It had cream cheese, salmon, and quite possibly much more that I did not bother to ask about (full disclosure.) I soaked a piece of the roll in soy sauce as instructed, and ate the whole piece. Here is what I found. I found that the texture was smooth, creamy, and chewy. I did not taste the cream cheese, or really much of anything. The fish aftertaste was potent. There was a spice I could not quite identify that overpowered the whole thing. Let me say if I was about to perish due to hunger, I could eat this. I would not, however, make it a habit.
Now on to things I know about. I ordered the Hibachi steak and shrimp with the steak medium well. I also told the waitress I wanted no onions anywhere, which in Japanese means, "Extra onions please!" Not exactly the thing a picky eater wants to happen. Due to the abundance of onions, I can only tell you the meat was decent. The Hibachi style was prominent. I would have liked to see more of the sauce on the plate. The steak was cooked as I asked and the shrimp were good as well.
Picky Nation I am not sure what to tell you. It sounds like I had a bad time but I didn't. It was good but not great. I would go back but my expectations would lower a bit. For an abundance of onions and a so-so meal, I give this meal a hum drum 3 out of 5.
We all know mall food isn't going to be the most excellent cuisine, however, every now and then you can find a surprise. As I walked up to the counter I found a stern-faced woman glaring at me. I gave her my order. I wanted the teriyaki chicken, double the meat (don't judge), no vegetables, and white rice. She gave me the total and I paid. I did not experience much in the way of friendliness but I gave the benefit of the doubt due to a possible language barrier.
As my tray come down the line I observed that I did receive white rice, but did not receive double meat. I didn't see this a huge deal because it didn't look like I was charged for it. The meat was a little more dry then I would prefer, but the sauce helped with that. The rice was sticky in parts probably due to sitting in a pot for a while. It sounds simple enough. Chicken and rice with teriyaki sauce all over it. I have to say this meal is the picky eater's dream. Sarku seems to keep the vegetables and the meat on separate sides of the grill. I didn't sense and straggling vegies. What you see is what you get. Oh and did I mention it is delicious. Is it high quality? No. Will I keep coming back? Again and again.
Call it a guilty pleasure if you want, but once you visit, that food will continue to call your name and you will continue to pick up that phone. For picky friendliness, and service, I give this overall experience a good picky score of 3.5 out of 5.