It was an interesting McDonald's - for all are, except that this location housed both the old-fashioned children's play area while supporting the newer McCafé additions and mobile order features. There was even a kid-friendly colouring station - spotless from regular upkeep - with a triad of crayons and the newest Peanuts x NASA release. It was by pure coincidence that these shades comprised of my (and orangecane's) top-ranking colour choices.
Secured separately was one of the ten limited edition "Discover Space" toys.
Sampling was permitted, hence we determined Dutch Apple Pie to be the superior of the two. Big Foot, a vanilla concoction laced with peanut butter, assumed the second scoop of our mix.
Prior research had informed me of a Japanese restaurant not far from the 400. Little had I known that it was situated on the ground floor of a commercial building I had previously set foot in.
The team comprised of Chinese-speaking - specifically Cantonese - staff, all middle-aged and all overly watchful of their guests, to the point of being anxiety-inducing. Even a short stroll to the other end of the restaurant prompted two members of staff to pipe up, "Washrooms? They're on the other side."
While some could argue that this was helpfulness done ineptly, I simply took it as a form of micro-serving (if micromanaging could be applied to customer service standards).
Eventually, we settled SC-8, a set which included eighteen pieces of assorted sashimi, nigiri, and maki rolls. The original intent was to share the platter, but its size quickly proved it inadequate. In other words, it was a rip-off.
Thin cuts of warm sashimi is a tremendous pet peeve of mine. Another are fish proteins in midst of disintegrating. The six microscopic units of California Rolls did not contain uniform quantities of filling; some had meager amounts of cucumber and that was the end of it. To top it off, poor compaction procedures had resulted in rice falling apart in both the nigiri and California rolls. Overall, it was a disappointing selection for $25.95.
Taste-wise, I did not have any complaints. The charred surface, "mild" spicy mayo, and texture diversity were sufficient in filling the void left behind from SC-8. At the same time though, its price tag of $19.99 was unwarranted. A more appetizing rendition could likely be sourced from Hub at a reduced cost.
Other aspects of note:
- The restaurant has a cashback program, wherein customers could retrieve a percentage of their spendings by ordering specific menu items. This option was not evaluated further however, as there was no intent to return for subsequent visits.
- The soy sauce was not concentrated enough and the wasabi was very mild, which is saying a lot given my spice intolerance.
- Genmaicha is the tea of choice; while gritty, it was served at ideal drinking temperatures and persisted in robustness throughout the meal. It was, dare I say, the highlight of our meal.
- Sake, beer, and soft drink are also offered as drink options.