We came here partly because the restaurant has off street parking, which is huge on Telegraph Avenue, let alone in the busy Temescal neighborhood, and partly because after a long road trip, my son said he was craving Japanese food. When we were seated we were given the Happy Hour menu (it was around 4 p.m. when we arrived), which had special prices on a variety of items from the dinner menu. I ordered the Wendy and In and Out rolls, which came with miso soup and a salad; my son ordered edamame and ramen. The miso was far too salty, as if it had been sitting on the stove too long. The salad was just shredded lettuce with a Thousand Island-style dressing, which I didn't eat, though my son did. ("It was okay.") The Wendy roll was a deep fried "crunchy" roll that was too hot to eat when it came to our table. When it finally cooled off, the cream cheese, snow crab and other ingredients in the middle had turned into a lukewarm mush while the outside was rubbery, not crunchy. The In & Out was made of spicy tuna topped with more tuna, avocado, wasabi, and a spicy mayonaise sauce. I guess you can overdo it on the spicy: I'm a fan of Indian and Mexican food, but it was kind of a shock and a disappointment. My son liked his ramen but said that compared to other places where he'd had the dish, the toppings were a bit skimpy and the broth was salty without much else to the flavor. Service varied in quality: our initial server was friendly and efficient and brought our food quickly. The guy who came later however was inattentive, then an hour later, decided he wanted to hurry us out the door. (It was a Tuesday afternoon; there were plenty of empty tables and maybe a dozen customers in a place that could have handled 40.) Since my son and I hadn't seen each other in several months, we wanted to chat and catch up, but clearly that wasn't the place to do it. I don't know if we came on an off night, but with all the other Japanese restaurants in the East Bay, there's no reason for us to come back here.
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