There is a row of restaurants there, and you can enter from the front or back of most. We came in from the back and found a large space, mostly empty. We passed the dormant hibachi tables, and in the front found only two other tables occupied. I hate to see that at any restaurant, especially when people are inexplicably lining up 150 yards away to wait for "Italian" food at the Buca di Beppo chain.
Before we were even seated, we saw a flaming dish on the table of other diners. Fascinated, we inquired what it was and learned that it was "Eternal Flame" sushi and it was "to die for." It was two large sushi rolls, with tuna and salmon and roe and sauces, floating in an aluminum foil boat. It sat on a dish with some floating fuel, which the waiter ignited with a small blowtorch. It gave a lovely blue glow, and the taste matched the visual experience. It had a wonderful mix of softy and crunchy ingredients.
|Eternal Flame Sushi|
A simple but delicious dish was the yakisoba, long thin noodles fried with vegetables and egg. It was perfectly balanced in flavors and textures.
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[UPDATE: As we feared, AOKI has closed.]