What is so fancy about this place? This place just opened last November but had since gained a large following since it went on TV a few times due to their deliciously low priced food. They only open their seating reservation once a month (2 months in advanced) and 20 plus seating reservations would be fully booked within an hour. The rest of the seating which would be standing room is no reservations and patrons have to go queue up daily. Each day, there would be a few dishes that would be limited edition and unless you are the first 6 groups waiting in the line, there would be no way you can get to eat them.
This was the line built up at 4pm.
We were there at 2pm and already the 8th group in the line. It was a lucky thing that it was cloudy day so it wasn’t too hot for a summer day. The servers from the shop would regularly fill up the ice water bottles and give out ice cold towels for us to wipe down. It was heard that recently that some one fainted in the line due to the heat and had to be carried away by the ambulance.
Then at 330pm, the servers from the restaurant would come back and give a run down on their ordering system and check with the customers in line on how many people are there in their group. We were a little disappointed when we were told that being number 8 in the line, we might be able to order some of the limited edition dishes. Basically how the restaurants work is they would take order in asceding order so as to be fair to everyone. At 4pm, when they open their doors, they would take the drink order in sequence. Next they would take the order for the appetizer and at 430pm they would take the order for the entrees, all in running order of when you enter the restaurant. They would shout out the name of the limited edition dishes once they run out.
Finally, the door opened at 4pm and all of us took our positions at tables assigned. Imagine, most of us had already been standing in line for 2 hours and we would continue to stand through the dinner.
Lucky for us, 3 groups had cancelled their reservations and hence we become no 5 instead of no 8 and was able to order all the limited edition food. This whelk sashimi with carrot mousse and cavier was a limited edition dish.
Grilled live lobster for only 1680JPY and only 16 sets per day and we were so lucky to be the last table to be able to order this. I guess why people are so hyped over the limited edition dishes is not only for its taste but also for its pricing.
Would I come back? Maybe when the weather becomes cooler 🙂