Comments by AphexMandelbrot

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Written on Anaba Japanese Cuisine:

Every time I go in, I sit at the sushi bar - and I am served very quickly.

They sometimes forget to bring you the sushi menu - even if you are at the bar. If you can not notice and recognize this before you have ordered your drink, then perhaps there is something deficient in your ability to notice the world around you in under five minutes. "But I'm the customer they shou-" - no. You're there to buy food and enjoy the atmosphere. If they excluded the sushi menu, be a big boy or girl and ask for it - quickly - so that you can order. I honestly can't believe someone made a negative comment about that.

"[...]tasted like it contained lemon grass (not a Greek ingredient that I remember)[...]" - It's comments like this that make me appreciate what it's like living in West Knoxville. I am surrounded by people who feel that because they hold a particular ideal, it must therefore be true for all applications in which they are presented with anything that resembles that ideal. Maybe that whole "fusion" thing includes throwing some lemon grass into it. Maybe they knocked over the box of lemon grass. Maybe you should learn to read where it said "lemon grass" on the menu. Because it says it. On the menu. I looked before I wrote this. Maybe you should have, too. Oh; who am I kidding - I live in West Knoxville - why should I expect that of you.

Their sushi is superb. The Volcano roll is on and off for me - there is some sort of lemon ingredient used that doesn't do it for me; too much of a contrast. Anything with lobster or crawfish salad on the outside tastes like you've eaten a big chunk of Happy. Or bitten off a bite of rainbow. Whichever analogy works best for you.

I don't really pay attention to the "Vibe". I know they have really horrid adult contemporary music streaming from an XM station, and that often I find myself trying to eat a little faster so that I won't have to listen to another love song featured in another worthless-Boomer 80's movie. I wish they would change the station more than anything, really. I'm not even looking to jam out to The Strokes while I decimate row after row of underwater delights - but anything is better than Phil Collins and Whitney Houston while I eat.

Value... I'm eating sushi in the middle of an economic recession, and probably washing it down with an imported beer - value never really entered into this. Actually, their non-special roll and special rolls are priced the same as most places. $3-5 for non-special; $6-10 for special rolls. That's about what you will pay elsewhere for sushi; so, value is par.

Eat the sushi.

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