My first experience with Red Kimono was a few years back, so I'm comparing my latest visit with that. Way back, dining there was so great. And among the new Japanese restos (at the time), Red Kimono was up at the top of my list.
First thing I noticed with my latest visit was.... Well, there's no more Aspara Beef Roll. You know, that roll where there's a bunch of asparagus in the middle that's wrapped with thinly sliced beef? Yeah, that one. No more. They don't serve that anymore.
So what other stuff did we order?
Gyoza - This one's not so bad. Typical Gyoza if you ask me, not that great but doesn't suck like those in some Jap restos. - OH YEAH! This one's really great. A bestseller if you ask me, and one of the reasons to eat here. Yeah, so it's just like a california maki but with the tiny dilis on top but hey... it's great. THE REASON TO EAT HERE.
Red Monster - A roll with unagi (eel) on top. It's nice. Good.
Prawn/Shrimp Tempura - It's nice. Not that bad, but there are restos with bigger prawn/shrimp in their tempuras. The breading of the tempura is not too thick, so it's still pretty good.
Miso Soup - I was expecting this to be hot, but it's just a bit warm... Wish it was a bit hotter.
Well that's it. We also had some (free) house tea and it's cool that they have 'em for free---restos that offer house tea are always cool in my book. The dining area is still really clean and the ambiance is just right. The comfort room could use some toilet paper though.
Oh yeah, one thing that irked us was that the staff/waiter went on to clear the plates WITHOUT ASKING us if it's ok to go ahead and clear 'em. It should really be S.O.P. for establishments' staff to ask permission first before doing so.
Would I go back? Hmmm, maybe. But unlike before, I wouldn't be that excited to bring my friends over here for dinner (my first two visits here, I've felt this "wow!" experience where I'd like my friends to try here also...but not anymore).
Although their "Jack Daniels" recipes are yummy... one should be very careful when eating the ribs. There are a lot of bones (bone shards) which could crack/break your teeth if you're not careful in biting down on the meat.
Though a bit dark for my taste, it is another quiet place to have dinner. What's noteworthy is it's affordability---it's not as expensive to dine here as with other places, and yet you get the service and quality you seek for in a restaurant. Also, it's one of the few places that serves lobster (tail). Although its furnishings may be a bit aged (table cloths, etc. has seen better days), I'd definitely comeback here time and again for a steak or lobster dinner.
Visited them on their soft-opening, it's not a bad place for some quick Japanese food. Although, it's a bit pricey (iced tea costs a hundred, etc.) and the menu isn't that expansive, their ramen is pretty good and filling. The decor could also use some work though, and the lights seem too bright.
An excellent place for a quiet dinner, they really know how to cook their steak well. I asked for a well-done steak and it was perfect! There was still some pinkish area inside the meat but there was no blood. (Few restaurants could accomplish a well-done steak perfectly nowadays, as most would still produce some blood when you cut it.) Service is great and the value for your money is acceptable. Just wish they could expand their menu a little bit to include more items.
The view is great from here, the trees visible from the window brings a certain calmness that takes away the stress from work.... but....
Aside from them having no ramen at all when we went there to eat (which is already disappointing enough), the maki/rolls they served breaks down easily (it's not attached together well enough, and falls apart very easily when you pick it up with your chopsticks). The gyoza is also not that full/"siksik"/meat-packed (unlike Rai-Rai Ken's). And the meat/beef in their sukiyaki is a bit tough, not tender as it's meant to be.
Have been eatin' at Omakase for a while and it's still my favorite place for sushi/rolls. Tried almost all of the items under Makimono (see menu), and I have never been disappointed. The fusion of flavors and zest found in their rolls are really an experience you should try! Other favorites of mine here are the Aspara Beef Roll and the Crispy Chicken Roll (although my colleagues find the chicken somewhat too salty for their taste). What's also great about this place is its affordability. You'll never find a better place with quality Japanese food at this price range. I'd really recommend this place to anyone craving for sushi/maki. Best in the metro! ^_^