A thunderstorm brought with it a cold drizzle and (thanks to SXSW) we called and learned that our favorite sushi place had a ridiculous wait of over and hour and were not accepting call aheads. Rather disappointed and with what was probably an unhealthy level of craving for raw fish, I hopped on Yelp and noticed a little sushi joint that I'd never heard of which was REALLY close by. We called and put our name on the list, and were seated immediately upon arrival at the sushi bar.
If you follow my Instagram, you've already been treated to these images, but they make me so happy that I have to pair some with words as well. The restaurant itself was small, quiet, with minimalist decor, and low lighting, in other words: perfect for a date night! Our server was phenomenal. If you get to know me for any amount of time, you'll know that I have a complete sweet spot in my heart for people in service industries, and when I happen to meet those good at their jobs. It's pretty much high level Nirvana for me (the buddhist spiritual state, not the band, though the band is pretty awesome too... I went to high school in the 90s, sue me). We had one of the most exceptional servers that I have ever encountered. He was quick with witty banter without being obnoxious. He was attentive without hovering. He gave us amazing recommendations without monopolizing our choices. Over all, he made a great dining experience into a spectacular one. Thanks, Steven!