This restaurant is new to Harvest Hills – in fact, I think it’s only been open a week and a half or so. I’d been to the Dalhousie location just once before, so I knew to expect a large, fast-paced environment. However, we really didn’t enjoy the atmosphere. We were seated promptly on a Saturday night at about 6:30, so it was nice that there was no wait (they don’t take reservations). The restaurant is big and open and full of tables and booths. Being new, there is a modern touch – funky lighting and art. I quite liked the wood wall. But it was also kind of weird – the large, classic art in gold frames on every wall, alongside the very modern light fixtures. The carpet is horrible – it reminded me of a bad motel restaurant.
The staff were all friendly, but there seem to be quite a few of them and they run around quite a bit. The food came out quite quickly, but we were brought the tempura prawns instead of the tempura mixed veggies. We sent them back and it took forever for the veggies to come. We were done everything else by the time we got the veggies.
The atmosphere was really too busy for us – we felt like we had to hurry up and eat so they could give our seats to someone else. I don’t know if that was the intent, but it was the feeling we got. It’s a commercialized place – nothing special about it. For the price, we both enjoy Sushi Sushi down the hill much more.
We ordered the: scallop sushi, spicy crunch roll (yummy!), kiss dragon roll (the male side is the best), ikayaki (good flavours, but a bit chewy), sautéed long bean (very good), vegetable tempura (broccoli & yam are the best), and green tea. We wanted Sapporo but they don’t have their liquor licence yet.
When we got the bill we noticed there were 4 teas charged (at $1.50 each) and there were only 2 of us. I pointed it out and the server removed 3 of them. As a female, I got my free Pocky’s! On the bill is a line item ‘Love From Kinjo’ for $0.00. Kinda cute, but not my thing. The bottom of the bill says ‘Thank you for coming! There are no words to show you our appreciation. We love you this much!’… interesting.
In short, the food was okay, but we didn’t like the atmosphere. We probably won’t be back any time soon. Sushi to us is usually enjoyed slowly, quietly, and at a smaller venue.