|Daily Menu for Jan. 4, 2012|
Normally I try to visit a place during off peak in order to give them a fair chance. However Kata Robata is closed between lunch and dinner shifts. Plus, part of me wanted to put them to the test and see how they'd treat a solo diner with no reservation. I came over not long after 5 PM, indicated I was wanting a table for 1 and did not want to sit at the bar. The hostess took a couple of quick looks and found me a comfortable table near the front of the dining area within a few minutes. Good job, KR!
|Tofo with Vegetables|
|Miso Grilled Cod|
|Hot Sake--see the steam!|
Kata Robata has a nice modern and hip atmosphere with several good traditional Japanese elements. The staff is friendly and was able to roll with the challenge I presented (solo diner, no reservation, right before dinner rush). As I enjoyed my dinner, I observed the restaurant fill up and saw most of the other diners happily enjoying their food. John, my server, made proper call backs and I observed him making good solid recommendations to other diners that were delivered and looked damned good. This experience showed me that Kata Robata is for real, it's not just hype and they have earned all the praise and awards they've gotten over the past couple of years.
|The View from where I sat at Kata Robata|
Miso Gyoza: A
Oxtail Udon: A+
Dining Area/Kitchen: A
Men's Room: A-
Ambiance (Modern Asian/Western Fusion): A
Overall Grade: A
Kata Robata is located at:
3600 Kirby Drive Suite H (At Richmond Ave)
Mon-Thurs 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM 5:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Fri 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Sat 12:00 Noon to 11:00 PM
Sun 12:00 Noon to 10:00 PM
And Remember to Eat Happy, Y'all!!!