The somewhat out-of-the-way location only adds to the allure of this destination Asian-fusion restaurant known for its deliciously creative Japanese dishes by Chef Ritsuo Tsuchida. His pyramid of tartare is case in point: a triangular edifice of tuna, salmon, and avocado, it arrives with a side of honey tartare and sweet garlic ginger soy sauce and house-made potato chips. To make his signature dish, the Ritsu Roll, Tsuchida quickly flash fries two types of tuna, avocado and masago, and serves it with a side of citrus ponzu sauce and Japanese Dijon aioli. The decor and ambience, with TV screens flashing anime, upbeat club music blasting, and cool artwork on the walls, are equally contemporary and jubilant.
- Erika Lennert