Once we had munched through our steamed edamame beans - the healthiest appetiser I have ever had - the chef found time to talk us through the platter of sushi to share, which comprised salmon roe and cucumber rolls, tofu and sweet shrimp and freshest hamache (tuna) and salmon. We already knew we would be returning some day soon.
The door revolved repeatedly as hungry customers arrived. Steaming crispy tempura, Bento boxes and miso soup were carried out of the kitchen at quite a rate, with the unphased staff taking it all in their stride. In between servings, our dish or 'hotategi' arrived - huge meaty seared king scallops with garlic chips and a ponzu butter (a lemony citrus fruit). Accompanied by a glass of rather mischievous Sancerre, it was genuinely one of the best dishes I have ever had. Much later, after a cracking bowl of crispy chicken, crunchy crab tempura and a sizzling plate of teriyaki medium-rare beef, we were ready to roll ourselves out of the door and homewards. Resisting samples of the green tea ice cream and other dessert delights, we walked out with a warm glow and a contented sigh.
I know I'll be back to try the 'Taste of Japan' - a selection of hot and cold dishes, taking you on a journey to experience a whole range of authentic flavours and Japanese cooking techniques. I'm certainly looking forward to it.