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About Ame - Permanently Closed

689 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani as chefs and co-owners of Terra Restaurant in St. Helena, have brought their sense of taste and style to Ame Restaurant. Ame offers a relaxed yet elegant dining experience.

Guests will be welcomed to the intimate, L-shaped dining room by rich mesquite wood floors and striking surroundings. The interior of the restaurant includes a custom designed raw bar, a stunning red lacquered wall, and the restaurant’s signature “red table,” a five-foot square table. The menu showcases seasonal New American cuisine, with a blending of flavors from southern France, northern Italy and Japan. Guests can select from raw treatments from the
raw bar, such as crudo and tartare, as well as a range of appetizer and entree plates, and an assortment of artisan cheese and desserts.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dining Room: Monday - Thursday 6PM - 9:30PM

Fridays and Saturdays 5:30PM - 10PM

Bar and Lounge: Sunday - Thursday 12PM - 12AM

Fridays and Saturdays 12PM - 1AM

Cross Street:
Third Street - Valet entrance is on Minna Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 284-4040

Website:
http://www.amerestaurant.com/

Catering:
Able to accommodate up to 80 people for Private Luncheons upon request
Dinner Events for up to 40 people

Parking Details:
Valet parking is offered through the St. Regis Hotel located at 125 Third Street. The entrance to the hotel is on Minna Street at the corner of Third Street. We validate for diners at a rate of $20 for the first 3 hours. Additional charges apply after 3 hours.

Public Transit:
Montgomery is the closest BART Station

Executive Chef:
Yosuke Machida

Private Party Facilities:
Ame can accommodate parties up to 32 people in our private dining room for dinner. Parties of up to 80 can be accommodated for private lunches. Please contact us for more information.

Private Party Contact:
Candace Curtin: 4152844040

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Contact Candace Curtin at 415-284-4040
email: Candace.Curtin@stregis.com

Restaurant Photos

Sashimi
Lissa's Staff Meal; Cuttlefish Noodles Tossed With Sea Urchin, Quail Egg, Umami Soy Sauce And Wasabi
"Chawan-Mushi" Japanese Savory Custard with Lobster, Sea Urchin, Shiitake and Mitsuba Sauce
Hirotini
Grilled Brandt Family Ranch NY Strip Steak with Crispy Yukon Gold Potatoes,  Horseradish Sour Cream, Roasted Bone Marrow and Red Wine Sauce
Dessert
Tataki of Hokkaido Scallops with, Paddlefish Caviar and Ponzu Sauce
“Kaisen” Sashimi Salad with Japanese Cucumber, Hijiki, Tobiko Caviar and Yuzu Soy Vinaigrette
Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop with Soy Braised Pork Belly,  Garnet Yam Purée, Pickled Chanterelles and Huckleberry Sauce “Poivrade”
Broiled Sake Marinated Alaskan Black Cod and  Shrimp Dumplings in Shiso Broth
Salad
Tuna Tartare with Spicy Miso Vinaigrette,  Radish-Asian Pear Salad and Seaweed “Chicharrón”
Tempura of Miyagi Oysters in Dashi Broth with Wakame Seaweed, Grated Daikon and Trout Roe
Skillet Roasted Dry-Aged Liberty Farm Duck Breast on Ragout of Green Farro  and Shimeji Mushrooms with Duck Leg Confit, Duck Liver Crostino and Bok Choy
Bread
Cream Of Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
Chawan-mushi
Kaisen Sashimi Salad
Amuse Bouche
English Pea Agnolotti
Todays Crudo
The Worlds Greatest Martini
Black Cod In Shiso Broth
Ceviche
Rhubarb And Strawberry Custard Tart
Cappuccino
Tempura
Steak
Fish
Sugar Doughnut
Black Bass
Heirloom Tomato, Arugula & Burrata Salad
English Pea Veloute
Lobster Bisque
Taste Of Ame Sashimi Bar
Tempuri Uni
Sake Poached Oysters
Pheasant Ravioli
Pisco Pear Sour
Poke
Cauliflower Soup
Radish Paper Wrapped Sashimi
Broiled Sake In Miso Broth
Angry Red Planet (Reposado, Raspberry, Tobasco, Bitters)
Grilled Breast of Liberty Farm Duck
Ousters And Pork Belly
Beer Donuts
Shrimp Dumplings
Chawan Mushi
Alaskan Black Cod
Wine Flight
Quail
Huckelberry Parfait
Foie Gras Ramen
Yogurt Panna Cotta
Kumquat Risotto With Chamomile Ice Cream
Grilled Half Maine Lobster And Hokkaido Scallops On Crispy Spaetzle With Lemon Herb Lobstee Sauce, Braised Belgian Endive And Sea Grapes
Foie Gras Three Ways
Taste Of Raw Bar: Crudo, Poke, Staff Meal
Parfait Of Roasted Strawberries
Rhubarb Tart With Cinnamon Graham Crumble
Grilled Half Maine Lobster And Hokkaido Scallops
Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart With Roasted Banana
New York Strip With Mushroom Ragout
Petite Ramen With Foie Gras
Huckleberry Pie With Meyer Lemon Ice Cream
Sashimi Selection
Lobster
The Black Ship
Grilled Dry Aged Ny Strip Steak
Medallions Of Berkshire Pork Tenderloin
Butter-Poached Nova Scotia Lobster
Ramen
Miyaki Oysters Over Pork Belly.
Sashimi Tasting Plate At Ame
Foie Gras plate w/
Ny Strip Steak W Eggplant Lasagna
Butternut Squash Soup with vegetable garnish
Crepe W/Foie Gras
Pan Fried Pork Chops
Capellini W/Sturgeon & Caviar
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Best service and food

 
 (San Diego)
·Dined on February 21, 2016

What an amazing venue with stellar food. The service was among the best experiences we have ever had. Ame defines SFO as some of the best dining experiences in the world.

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Amazing.

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 21, 2016

Had the tasting menu with wine pairings. One of the best meals I've ever had.

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If you miss Ame before it closes at the ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 14, 2016

If you miss Ame before it closes at the end of February 2016, you will have missed a real gem of the San Francisco dining scene. The cod entree is one of the best in the world and should without a doubt be the one you try! We hate to see this elegant, quiet corner go away.

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Ame Consistently Delivers

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 11, 2016

Have been to Ame a few times over the past years and they are consistently excellent. Excellent service. A menu that has a few old favorites but changes enough to feel fresh each time. Ambiance that you can take your significant other to as well as have a business meeting. And a large wine selection to fit anyone's taste, but know that you can do some serious damage on the budget while selecting wines.

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Take a foodie you want to impress.

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on February 10, 2016

It was excellent and my guest enjoyed it all. That's perfect!

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One Michelin star sets high expectations, but...

 
 (Las Vegas)
·Dined on February 10, 2016

The Michelin star was the draw and while the meal was good, it should have been better. Certainly not worth a flight to San Francisco.

Upon being seated I noticed that not only was the chair fabric worn, my seat was actually torn through with stuffing exposed. I looked around and saw other chairs whose dark brown wood stain and varnish were chipped to expose blond wood inside. As hosts for the evening we were already uncomfortable inviting guests to a place that looked a bit long in the tooth.

We ordered the tasting menu for ourselves and our guests with wine/sake pairings. It seemed the best way to get a variety of tastes and allow the restaurant to shine. It was really meh - favors were subdued and unimaginative. The ceviche was drab - neither spicy nor citrus, just a couple of pieces of fish with some decoration to make it look much more than the taste delivered. The tasting menu version of the house special black cod comes without the famous dumpling. Why? The flavor was really not special - just tender cod in broth with carrots and some greens. We also had the lobster and scallop which had a nice sauce, but it was too late in the otherwise dull meal to impress. We ordered 4 of the five desserts that were nice. Just nice.

Service was attentive but far too informal for a restaurant of this stature. The fire alarm with strobe lights that our server dismissed with, "Oh, it happens all the time" was perhaps beyond their control, but it didn't help. Again, why do they have the star?

Fusion when done well is fabulous. This was ok, but just ok. No idea why they have the Michelin star. No reason to travel to San Francisco for this one. Sorry.

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Suprisingly uneventful night

 
 (New York Area)
·Dined on February 7, 2016

Went on a recommendation and knew it had a Michelin star. Dinner was good or about what you would expect at any very good restaurant. I don't think anything from the food to the ambiance was exceptional. The sashimi salad was great. My wife's butternut squash soup was iffy. The dinners, steak and roasted pork were both well presented and prepared. The ambiance was sub-par - not filled on the Saturday before the SuperBowl and cavernous. I guess I expected a bit more - it was good, not great.

Tags: romantic, notable wine list
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Scallops ruined the entire meal. Very ...

vip
 (Las Vegas)
·Dined on January 30, 2016

Scallops ruined the entire meal. Very fishy and not delicious. Presentation of them were pretty. The anchovy chip was pretty cheesy and cheap.

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Overall 4 star. Not as good as we respect.

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on January 23, 2016

The black cod is fantastic, mellow taste. NY strip is just so so, not so special. Must try the dessert!

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Perhaps the best restaurant I have ever ...

vip
 (Seattle)
·Dined on January 17, 2016

Perhaps the best restaurant I have ever been to. That says a lot because I travel all over the world, including Tokyo and Paris. Keiko, the chef, should be an "Iron Chef". Incredibly unique food with complex textures and flavored perfectly blended for a palate pleasing experience you will never forget. Her husband, the maitre d and sommelier, knows his wine, including a fantastic and smooth sake from Japan and a vintage wine he made himself while a winemaker in California. You must go to this romantic 7-table restaurant.

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Lovely

vip
 (Philadelphia)
·Dined on January 17, 2016

Just a very nice evening. Good food. Attentive service. Nice ambience

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Good food very incompeten service, bad dining expe

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on January 2, 2016

Food was similar to Terra but in larger portions.

Service was incompentent, every single dish had issues:

1. brought bread but no butter - had to ask

2. brought chawan mushi but no spoon - had to ask

3. Meat undercooked. asked for medium but got rare - had to ask to have the meat taken back for more cooking

4. sorbet, mixed the order gave my order to my partner and his to me. waiter also had no idea what each of the sorbet flavors were, pointed at a red sorbet (clearly rasberry) said its strawberry. Pointed at a lighter beige and said its vanilla (do they even make vanilla sorbet?)

Order issues: we tried to order fried apple turnovers, waiter said he thinks only one left so he had to check. which we then saw there was a whole tray of them prepared.

Menu issues: things on the menu online were not offered in restaurant, i.e. taste of sashimi bar, etc. very confusing.

Bill was $230ish not counting tip, wouldn't recommend nor would i come back here again. Service at Terra was so much better.

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The food is wonderful: subtle asian flav ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on December 28, 2015

The food is wonderful: subtle asian flavors in a perfect Californian fresh setting

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Perfect for a preshow dinner. Superb foo ...

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on December 24, 2015

Perfect for a preshow dinner. Superb food. Short walk to Yerba Buena Center.

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Enjoyable evening

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on December 19, 2015

Very nice meal. Food could have been a bit more interesting or inventive for the price. Attentive but unobtrusive service. Comfortable environment.

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Other-worldly food, pedestrian service

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on December 19, 2015

The food at Ame is just stupendous. Go for the food. The service was another story. At a truly top-class restaurant, the staff should not only make the right moves, they should make them at the right time and in the right way. At several points the service, while polite, lacked the finesse that is required in a restaurant of Ame's level. When we arrived the host's station was vacant, leaving us unsure whether we were in the right place. We had to ask the host where to check our wet coats rather than his offering to take them. When told our guest had already arrived, we had to ask where to find him, whether he'd been seated. The waiter seemed to have no time for anything but yes-or-no answers to his questions and seemed pained to have to speak with us. When one of us asked for something the waiter could not accommodate, the waiter's response made the exchange awkward rather than charming. Any one of these alone could have been completely overlooked, but the succession of missteps by multiple staff members added up to a less-than-stellar experience. This is "good," 3-star service, not "very good" or "outstanding" service.

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Astonishingly poor service outpaces excellent food

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on December 6, 2015

It is hard to imagine a more poorly run front-of-house than Ame which is truly a shame given the excellent food coming out of the kitchen. While we could certainly appreciate the talents of the kitchen, our experience was marred at every turn by a poorly (if at all) trained waiter who seems to have come straight from a diner to Ame. But I almost (but only almost) felt sorry for him as there seemed to be no support staff for him in what is touted as a 1-star Michelin establishment (which we can't imagine will be renewed). The one shining light in all this was an excellent sommelier - excellent demeanor, obviously knowledgable and passionate about his wine list - who seemed to understand how inept our waiter was and tried to do his best to cover for him and make us happy. But alas, it was not enough. While we did not (would not) stiff the waiter, we did complain to the manager. He seemed to be genuinely concerned by our complaint but his response was "can I buy you a drink?" We were on our way out, and that was not enough either. Too bad - this does a huge disservice to the excellent kitchen.

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Chawan mushi

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on December 6, 2015

Chawan mushi

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Classy

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on November 27, 2015

Ame never disappoints ! Great food and great service .

A wonderful place for special occasions .

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Ame

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on October 27, 2015

This is the first time I felt I had to write a negative review of a dining experience. Frequent many fine dining establishments and felt I needed to note that we had some of the worst service here - as well as the food was very mediocre. Waiter consistently kicked the back of our chairs wile attending other tables, never an apology, did not check on us or our meal - was only focused on one party of six. Although the setting in the St Regis hotel is pleasant - I could not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Overall everything was excellent. Food ...

vip
 (Seattle)
·Dined on October 25, 2015

Overall everything was excellent. Food was delicious - well considered and well prepared - service was friendly and attentive, atmosphere was very nice - up scaled and elegant. In the end, though, not entirely our "cup of tea" - a little too "foodie" / precious feeling in value and presentation - but that's a personal taste issue and I'm sure many will find it superb for a special meal out.

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Not at level of michelin stars restaurants

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on October 17, 2015

Starters were ok, but the main course was without interest, very disapointed for the level they pretend to be. Service was just acceptable. Deco was ok.

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Disappointment

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on October 13, 2015

The overall experience was very disappointment. First they can't find our reservation when I give them my name. We ordered the 3 course set. The food not up to standard... sashimi was warm and the dish was overly salty. The service was poor...no one ever come by to refill our water. They drop off the dish on the table ad walk away like they are in a rush. Didn't bother to explain the dish. We order the sorbet for dessert, but it took them 30 minutes before it is served. Certainly do not deserve Michelin star.

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Great food, always a feeling you are not welcome

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on October 11, 2015

The food is really good. We have been three times now and this is consistently good. Wine selection is decent.

The other thing that is consistent is the feeling that the front desk people are not super happy to see you. Over our three times there they try consistently to make you miserable or stressed before the diner which is a surprise for a restaurant located into a St Regis Hotel.

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We waited like an hour after appetizers ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on October 11, 2015

We waited like an hour after appetizers to get the main course.

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Outstanding fusion of food

vip
 (Tahoe)
·Dined on October 2, 2015

Must have the cuttlefish strips, the gnocchi and the black cod!!! You will not be disappointed!!!

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Great Seafood

 
 (Cincinnati)
·Dined on September 28, 2015

Really comfortable dining experience with old friend in a new town for a Sunday evening. We wanted to avoid the usual steaks, chops, etc and AME has wonderful seafood.

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Outstanding

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on September 14, 2015

We haven't been to Ame in a couple of years, and the superb quality of last night's dinner reminded us we need to make the trek more often!

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Service with a smile

vip
 (Tahoe)
·Dined on September 13, 2015

Service here is very special... Our host in the bar was focused on the wine order in a timely fashion, knowing the time of our dinner reservation. We were welcomed by Carlo, the maitre de, and felt very special as we were promptly presented with the requested water and wine list. Our waiter Josh was congenial and timely with our selections, knowing our plans for a show down the street. All was perfectly timed . Our cappuccino and espresso was right on time as we made our way to the show! Many thanks, and we so look forward to dinner again.

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Loved it

 
 (Los Angeles)
·Dined on September 8, 2015

We truly enjoyed everything ❤️ Food was spectacular, nothing much to say just really fantastic spot

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My husband and I shared "The taste of AM ...

 
 (Louisville)
·Dined on September 1, 2015

My husband and I shared "The taste of AME," which I think may have upset the server a bit. The five courses plus a "compliments of the chef" extra appetizer offered more than enough food for us. The sake marinated sea bass is amazing. I'm glad we went.

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Amazing Michelin One Star Dining

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on August 30, 2015

I came with several of my friends here to experience our Michelin One star dining . The food was generally great. Tuna Carpaccio is our favorite! The sauce is dynamite! Cuttlefish Noodles is fresh, but unfortunately, I found the soy sauce a little bit over powering the whole flavor. I've ordered cod for my entree and it was very tender and cooked perfectly. Again, the soy sauce soup base was a bit too much for me, but it got balanced when I had a bite with Shiso. My drink was the Rum Diaries and love it!!! Perfect balance between rum and sweetness. Generally love the restaurant and will want to go again for dessert (we missed the dessert this time)!

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The food was good

vip
 (Las Vegas)
·Dined on August 29, 2015

We were looking for Asian Fusion and from a food quality standpoint this restaurant didn't disappoint, the rest of the "package" though, well, so-so. If you are looking for a restaurant that's abuzz with diners and has a cool vibe this is not the place. It's a very subdued and sterile environment that lacks personality. From a service standpoint it seemed a bit off all night as well. Our waiter was less than attentive as we found ourselves on several occasions trying to flag him down for drinks, taking our order and the check.

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excellent japanese inspired cuisine

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on August 22, 2015

I went late in the evening but found the service attentive and prompt. The food was outstanding as usual.

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Nice place

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on August 22, 2015

Very good food and ambience, the options were very good and of course the wine list was notable.

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Great service & drink selection, delicious food

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on August 6, 2015

The tempura poke was outstanding, we orded two! The lobster dish was amazing with so many different items on the plate. The Black Cod is a DEFINITE!! If I go back, I will get that.

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Food was decent. Love the scallop and un ...

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 8, 2015

Food was decent. Love the scallop and uni tho.

Service was great. The ambiance and interior were perfect for the girls' night out. So far have a good time at Ame.

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Fine Dining at it's best

 
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 4, 2015

This is not your typical Japanese restaurant, you won't find California Rolls on the menu. But, what you will find is very fine gourmet dining. The Raw Bar is the finest. The fish is fresh and not fishy tasting at all. The flavors that are blended together are exquisite. The menu items that are Japanese retain their authenticity and compare with the finest in Japan. The service was excellent and the waiter's recommendations worked very well together.

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Graciously Accomodating

vip
 (San Francisco)
·Dined on July 3, 2015

Because I am a vegetarian, I have learned to eat my way around the food at many restaurants.

I know to inform the chef on the day of the reservation, if there are no options on the menu so that he/she is not surprised by my request for a veggie dish.

At Ame, the chef made me a very special and totally delicious risotto, with fresh peas and asparagus and yummy cheese.

This was our fourth time eating at Ame, and having been made to feel special, we will of course go back!

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Underwhelming

vip
 (Palm Springs)
·Dined on June 28, 2015

I'm not opposed to dropping a large sum for a really amazing meal, unfortunately Ame could

only deliver on the large bill. Interesting menu with mediocre execution. Another trend I've noticed; when ask if we had dined at Ame before and said no, the waiter assumed we had never dined out. We eventually had to stop him from explaining the entire menu and later suggest that the sommelier could help us with out wine selection instead of him. I'd read that the sake marinated black bass was the specialty and a must have. We were presented with a small, over cooked piece of what I assume was black bass in an overly sweet soy broth. The duck breast and duck leg confit was passable but had that essence of "hotel kitchen" preparation to it. Don't think I'll be returning to this interpretation of modernism establishment soon.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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