My husband and I went to this restaurant after reading rave reviews on other websites. Overall, found it an enjoyable experience, but after going twice, I don't think we'd go again. The food is generally good, but portions are small for the price, so you end up spending more than you'd expect for a meal.
The first time we went, we ate inside, and it is surprisingly comfortable for the tiny space. We ate early, so although we did make reservations, they weren't necessary, although it does get busy so you're best off making reservations for later in the evening.
We went last Saturday night and sat in the small garden in the back. Beautiful night, and service was very good, although the dishes came out one at a time and in no particular order, so it was a bit confusing. We ordered 2 dishes that were recommended as complementing each other, but then they came out separately anyway.
Last Saturday, we ordered the shrimp summer roll, which was bland and uninteresting. The special, a pork chop, was very thin but tender and tasty, and portion was enough. We also ordered the fried rice with fried egg, which was good, although I expected more of this dish. The Japanese eggplant dish was my favorite -- flavorful spicy sauce and melt-in-your mouth eggplant. It was delicious.
The vibe of the place, though, is comfortable, and the staff are gracious and welcoming. Even when the garden became full, as it did soon after we arrived, the wait staff came by frequently to refill water glasses or see if we wanted anything. It's definitely got a nice youthful energy (I say this as a 50-something), and the 2 small groups of people in their 20s looked like they were having a blast. This is a casual restaurant, decor is simple, and it's a moderately-priced option in Chelsea.
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