Zest

Zest on UrbanspoonTo celebrate my birthday, I invited all my close friends to Zest – a Japanese fine dining restaurant. Indeed, with white table cloth, wine glass on the table, if was not your regular $6 for combo sushi restaurant.

I ordered the Tuna in Three Ways $18. It has 3 kinds of tuna appetizers:
-Albacore tuna& avocado w/nori soy sauce
-Big eye tuna tataki w/mizore Ponzu
-Big eye tuna carpaccio with soy mustard onion dressing

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I am usually good with understanding Japanese-English, but I couldn’t really catch what my server was saying when she explained my dish to me…The flavours were very refreshing, and some interesting. As you can see in the photo, you can probably guess that it was not enough to fill me up. It was more like an appetizer.

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One of my friend ordered some nigiri: Hotate (scallop from Hokkaido, Japan) $4 a piace and Ikura (salmon roe) $ 3.80 a piece. For some reason her order came very last, and not without asking the servers for them. The restaurant wasn’t really full nor busy, so there shouldn’t be any excuses. Everyone was done when hers finally came. Bummer.

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Other than that hiccup, the dining experience was nice. The sound ambiance wasn’t too silent that you had to whisper , nor loud in some Guu-like restaurants where you’d have to shout to those sitting next to you. The interior didn’t seem that super high end, but the food was good.
Quantity on the other hand was perhaps some of our problems. I wasn’t too hungry since we had eaten some cake and dessert before hand.

I’d like to go again and try other dishes on the menu.

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