Unseen during my previous visit, a small dish of pickled cabbage strips made their way over as the single banchan.
Comprising of five super-crispy pieces of tempura-style shrimp segments and a zesty tartar dipping sauce, it wasn't difficult to see why it was highly demanded. The panko coating was thick, but fluffy at the same time. It was this very property that rendered the strips satisfying and succulent.
Served alongside this platter were pink pickled radishes and the typical duo of rice and cabbage slaw.
The waitress did not engage in regular checks to ensure that quality and effciency were being maintained. She did not check up on us to see whether napkins were sufficient, nor did she provide us with an opportunity to ask (she was in the back kitchen majority of the time).
When I accidentally spilled Miso Soup and urgently requested napkins, she merely nodded, smiled, and slowly proceeded to take another table's orders before fetching us the bill. Needless to say, we were more than perplexed at these tasteless actions. Dashing into the bathroom actually emerged as the swifter way to clean up the mess.