I'll start this off with a little rant.
We were looking for a venue for our get together with Snoopy, and Hello Kitty suggested Sushi Tokami (鮨とかみ). We both enjoyed our lunch experience there, and I thought I'd go and check out dinner service at this outpost of a well-regarded 1-star sushiya from Tokyo.
So Hello Kitty booked us a table. While on the phone, the person on the other end of the line asked about our dietary preferences, so we first informed them that two of us do not eat tuna. Later on we realized that none of us eat tuna, so we called the restaurant back and amended our request.
About half an hour later, the restaurant called back to inform Hello Kitty that they could not accommodate our dietary restriction. Apparently tuna was meant to be a key part of the dinner menu, and they did not wish to do any substitution for us. We weren't happy with this turn of events, and told the restaurant to cancel our reservation. We would go eat somewhere else.
This episode left a bad taste in our mouths, and it probably means that the restaurant has lost our business for good. Not that they ever needed our business in the first place.
From our previous experience - and Hello Kitty has had lunch there twice without having a single piece of tuna - the chefs have always been very accommodating when it came to the request for no tuna. So what the hell happened this time?
When I go to top sushiyas in Tokyo, tuna is not an issue for me. I am respectful and have no wish to offend the chefs, so I don't make any alterations or requests - since they don't even bother asking you about your dietary preferences. You eat what they serve you, period. And I'm fine with that.
But the situation here is different. The restaurant took the proactive step of asking us about our dietary preferences, then turned around and threw it back in our faces... kinda like a "fuck you, tough shit" response. If you're not gonna adjust the menu according to my request - which, in my not-so-humble opinion, wasn't outrageous or unreasonable (after all, it's not like I went to a sushiya and asked for all my sushi to be cooked...) - then why bother asking at all?!
Well, we decided that we would take our business to Wagyu Kaiseki Den. It used to be one of my favorite restaurants, and I was planning on taking Hello Kitty there for Valentine's Day until my plans were changed for me. The surprising thing was that out of the four of us, I was the only one who has ever been to this restaurant. The others hadn't even heard of it...
Once again Hello Kitty picked up the phone to make a reservation, and the restaurant was informed of our "no tuna" preference. Not a problem for this restaurant, since it wasn't the first time customers had requested for "no tuna". Hello Kitty also told them about my "no sperm" policy...
...which came in real handy, because lo and behold, there be some fish cum in the very first dish on the menu here!
Having said that, they did remember to leave the fish cum out of my bowl... Besides the icefish and the delicious dried mullet roe I love so much, there was a piece of chewy mugwort gluten (蓬麩). The whole thing was flavored with the fragrance of perilla (紫蘇) and yuzu (柚子).
The clam dumpling had a surprising number of clams encased inside, which made for an interesting mix of textures while delivering sweetness to the palate. Lots of different vegetable garnishes here.
餡 柚子 浅葱) - interesting to see both golden alfonsino and abalone together. Both were delicious. So was the soupy sauce made with turnip, especially when you shave yuzu rind on top.
We had a lot of fun tonight. The food was still very good, and as Big Monkey said, we generally don't need to worry about the food at any restaurant where Uncle Peter has ownership. I really should come back a little more often, especially since they've always been pretty customer-friendly.
Oh yeah... I was pretty toasted...