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January 06, 2007



skimpy portions, to say the least.



Fine dining is about quality, not quantity. While I totally love quantity (I'm SO sad that Masu's Massive Plate Lunch is closing :(), there's an artistry and calculated approach to fine dining like this which precludes piling on the grub in large proportions. Sorta like why you don't drink good wine from Big Gulp cups.


Hey Reid!
My parents were just here two weeks ago and they were very pleased with their meal - however I don't believe they had the foie gras mashed potatoes :) Can't wait to hear your take on the place! (PS The bread pudding at the Plumeria Beach Cafe downstairs yummy!)


Sashimi looks fantastic although the plating of the sushi doesn't seem to conform with usual Japanese rules of presentation?

Shame about the lax service and response to bookings but great photos as always Reid!


drooling over all the sashimis :) oh no, I don't see any salmon there ?
cheers ! :)


It all looks good to me but I would love to know what you actually thought of the venue...



The portions were sized about right for this type of meal, but I wouldn't say that I enjoyed it.


This was supposed to have been fine dining and while aspects of it may be considered as such, many of these dishes were too ordinary and poorly executed.


Your parents were robbed. That was the best mouthful (OK several mouthfuls) of the meal....and I wouldn't even consider it JAPANESE!

Hi Helen,

Nothing conformed to the rules here and the food was a disappointment. All flash and not really much substance, if you ask me.

Hi Melting Wok,

Sorry to say, there was no salmon here, but the ootoro was to die for.

Hi Tim,


I've completed my write up and I'll have to say that I wasn't impressed. I should have gone to Chef Mavro (as was my original intention).


Im sorry to hear you had such a bad experience at Tokyo-Tokyo. I've been a server here for just over a year. With so many changes to the restaurant in the winter months, the Christmas season was definately a rough one. Excuses aside, I do encourage you to come back a try the restaurant once more. Our revised menu is a well rounded combination of vegtable dishes and meat dishes (chicken, beef, pork), as well as a selection of sashimi and sushi.

I've read quite a few of your blog entries, and find them very intresting. :)

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