Miso Japanese restaurant, Fremont, CA
We decided to try "Miso", a new Japanese restaurant (primarily sushi) in Fremont this evening.
The restaurant has stylish, subdued and pretty decor. It is a pity that is all it has going for it.
Service was sadly lacking.
Our server was polite, but that is where any positives about the service ended.
The staff were very inattentive. We had to spend some time trying to flag someone down even though there were several staff visible and almost no customers. It took over *20 minutes* and asking *4 times* to get water. Thereafter, nobody looked to see if maybe the water needed refilling. Our server was clearly not Japanese, and the other staff were speaking Cantonese when not speaking English (and did not understand trivial Japanese).
The food was pitiful.
Agedashi Tofu is generally hard to get wrong, but while it looked tasty and the crispy tempura batter seemed promising, the batter had an objectionable floury taste and texture. The dish was otherwise somewhat devoid of flavour. I'm not entirely sure how you manage that with Agedashi Tofu. It was unpleasant enough that I left 3/4 of it and even after eating and drinking other things I could feel the floury texture in my mouth.
Sukiyaki looked good upon arrival -- a large portion of what appeared to be fresh vegetables, slices of beef and a raw egg floating in it (which I broke up and mixed in using the spoon). Unfortunately, they apparently failed to realise that sukiyaki is meant to start with a flavourful broth. As near as I could tell, they simply used water. So, it was flavourless. The beef was alright but definitely not good enough to take being cooked in nothing but eggy water. It was hugely disappointing.
The sushi my wife had was bland and forgettable, with the exception of the spicy tuna roll, which was significantly too spicy and otherwise uninteresting.
The free edamame weren't terrible, but were cold.
The one thing we had that was half-way decent was the seabass misoyaki. It was quite tasty. Not *great*, but I would venture as far as reasonably good. It was a pity that they added crispy fried ... something (noodles? incredibly thin shredded potato?) on top. It tasted only of "fried too far" and took away from the subtle texture and flavour of the seabass. Once scraped off the top, though, the fish was quite enjoyable. At $7.50, however, it was an extremely anemic portion (about 2" square).
We turned down the free ice cream because we just wanted to leave.
The prices were somewhat high, but would be appropriate for a really good sushi restaurant. This is most assuredly NOT a good sushi restaurant.
When our bill arrived, they had forgotten to remove an item which they had come and told us they were out of earlier in the meal. Upon being informed of this, they did remove it from the bill, but it took them quite a while to do so.
I left hungry and distinctly unsatisfied.
Two vehement thumbs down.
550-C Amsterdam Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306