Located in the Hotel Okura Amsterdam, traditional and fresh Japanese food is sublimely presented in a modern atmosphere with a Zenlike sushi bar, semiprivate booths, a kimonoed waitstaff, and views over a fishpond. While a set seasonal kaiseki menu is a superb choice, those without expense accounts can choose from à la carte menu offerings like sushi, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki, and grilled whole fishes and steaks. As is natural with a restaurant of this caliber,
the wine list and the sake list are encyclopedic. While you're here, head up to the hotel's top-floor cocktail bar, Twenty Third Bar, for some epic views of the city.
Aug 30, 2011
Food good but overpriced.Service level lacking ( Auguust 29, 2011). Overall asssesement:Value,(that magical intersection between quality and price) suggests the price should have been about 75 Euro. we paid about 175 Euro. I Felt compelled to write this review given that it was the Fodor's recommnedation that led me to this establishment. The 5 type seaweed salad was really inventive refreshing and a nice touch, while the sushi rolls ( we
had soft shell crab roll, california roll with crab and tuna roll) were just fine, but nothing exceptional, and similar in quality that one would not find at most medium-good quality Sushi restaurants in North America at 1/3 the price. The salmon sashimi at 28 Euro for 7 small bites (And as a sashimi lover I can tell you these were small) was significantly overpriced, and while flavourful, was served a bit warm and nowhere near the best sashimi I have had. What really disaapointed was the service level. Far from the attentive service I was expecting after reading the review, I felt neglected from the begining and service was spotty throughout. As an example, when Our first Wait staff tried to recommend a saki,she admitted that she did not know much about saki and would get the sommellier to help. Not a problem, but we then watched as the somellier rebuffed her request and seemed to tell her to take care of it herself. She returned to the table and tried her best, but had no real idea about the saki. If you are familiar with Nobu ( Vegas, London,Miami etc), or Tojo's ( Vancouver) and consider either of them a "10", this place would rate a 5-6.