I hate this kind of blog post. This is one where I feel guilty for writing it, but also feel like I have to because of the sheer disappointment of a dining experience. I probably would have refrained from ever writing this at all, drawing on the old adage “if you can’t say something nice…” however my sister and fellow TT blogger, Jennifer, insisted I do as she states this is the worst dining experience she can remember. So, here goes the long sad tale of our lunch…
My sister and I headed downtown to try The Sushi Place, in hopes of a great meal. As we entered the restaurant two different servers engaged eye contact with us but failed to actually verbally acknowledge us. I hate this type of greeting (or lack thereof). After probably a minute or more of wondering if we seat ourselves we noticed a sign that stated to order at the counter. Uh, what counter? The counter is a space as approximately big as a bread box with a cash register that is apparently designated for ordering. So we ordered, quickly, as we both felt pressured by the frazzled energy of the server. As I was reciting my order to the server he started talking over me to another server. It was quite rude, but I still tipped over 20% because having worked as a waitress for many years I thought maybe he was just overwhelmed or something.
I ordered the lunch special that consists of a small portion of the Ika Salad with two Gyoza and a 918 Roll. Jennifer ordered a Spicy Tuna Roll and a full order of Gyoza.
Then it just all went downhill from there.
We waited, and waited, and waited some more for our food to come out. Mind you it is a Wednesday at 11:30 and we’re both on our lunch hour. The tables around us, probably 6 to 8 of two seaters, are also waiting with no food. Over 20 minutes lapse and not one table has received any food. Isn’t this a sushi place? We smell food, but we don’t see it. What is going on here? Some people are now asking for their meals to go because of the delay. Slowly, food starts to trickle out. Finally, after an HOUR AND TEN MINUTES (seriously) we get our meals. Oh wait, only part of Jennifer’s meal makes it to the table. Jennifer didn’t receive her order of gyoza because I will now quote the server “We didn’t forget. We just don’t have a big enough fryer and she (cook) said ‘I can’t make it fit, I JUST CAN’T MAKE IT FIT’”. They can’t make six small pieces of gyoza fit in their fryer? We were stunned at this but LUCKILY it was only about another 15 minutes to get the missing order of gyoza. Hyuck, hyuck, hyuck.
So the food finally comes and here is our take on it. The 918 Roll is described as shrimp tempura, crabstick, avocado, topped with tempura flakes & sweet sauce. Overall, it was pretty good but nothing was exceptionally exciting or intriguing about it. However, at this point I’m just pissed so I’m probably biased. I did enjoy the Ika Salad, so hooray for that.
Jennifer was not so lucky and thought the Spicy Tuna Roll was sub par. The rice was undercooked and crunchy, and the tuna was various colors and oddly warm. Perhaps sitting out on a warm counter somewhere? Jen’s quote of the day “Can we go to Fuji after work? I don’t feel satisfied.” The long awaited gyoza were just… oh who even cares at this point?
After the food finally arrived the server actually came over to check on us (for the very first time). He said ”is the food any good now that it finally came out?” Feeling so over the whole experience we semi-voiced our annoyance to no avail. After that he proceeded to say “I mean it is just crazy in here today, so crazy in here!” If by crazy you mean about 8 small tables dining for lunch, I guess so.
The Sushi Place is located @ 115 W 3rd Street Tulsa, OK