Posted on 12 / 05 / 2012
This place was well hidden, but when we found it, it was quite breathtaking. When you walk into the immediately impressive entrance, a hostess pours rose-scented water over your hands. This restaurant is very elaborately decorated. There was a Buddhist cartoon on a loop playing on a huge movie screen on the back wall. We dined to tunes sung by Josh Groban. The staff didn't really speak English, which is fine, but it was a bit annoying; it took us a while to figure this out because they nodded at everything we said even though they didn't understand.
The menu was HUGE! It was so long and ridiculous. The dishes had very long, poetic names. My boyfriend and I had fun choosing what we wanted to eat.
We decided on soy steaks and potatoes (the potatoes turned out to be french fries, really), a small soup, black truffle noodles, and a casserole of taro, pine nuts, and veggies. The steaks, soup, and taro bowl were spectacular, but I can't say as much for the truffle noodles. I didn't really want to order those, but reluctantly acquiesced because my boyfriend really wanted to try black truffles (he had never had them before). When they finally came out, we were horribly disappointed. We couldn't taste the black truffle at all, even though black truffles are known for being very flavorful. All we got was a bowl of greasy noodles.
This place is quite pricey, but you pay more for the experience than for the food. I wouldn't say that the food was the best, but the experience was definitely unusual and fun. The place settings consist of lily pad place mats, flatware made out of oyster shells (though I don't think that's very vegan/animal friendly), and the chopsticks were topped with cloisonne. However, for the prices they were charging, I expected there to be a nicer, cleaner bathroom - you know, with toilets instead of squatty potties. Call me spoiled, I guess.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 09, 2009
Food outdone by ambiance, Bathroom could have been nicer