Review: There’s Always Five Guys
tuna crostini with pesto
Not long ago I gobbled down a double cheeseburger with fries from Five Guys at 10 p.m. on a Friday. This would not be news-worthy except that I did so after dinner at Miso Izakaya. No, Izakaya was not a failure, but it was a disappointing experience.
I should first say that I take some responsibility in not ordering enough food from the start. I was with three others, and we certainly should have ordered more than six dishes. However, I think our waiter should have warned us that six dishes wouldn’t be enough. Ultimately, the blame falls on the kitchen which took an extraordinarily long time sending out dishes.
pork bun with bbq porkbelly
Tapas are meant to be served fast, like Spanish-salsa-dancer-thrusting-his/her-hips fast. Izakaya’s dining room wasn’t that busy, and yet food took an extraordinarily long time. One of my friends remarked that she didn’t know if the food was that good since whenever a dish did finally mosey its way to our table, we could immediately devour it.
tuna, avocado roll. Good.
Service aside, Miso Izakaya has some good dishes. The pork bun with bbq porkbelly is quite good, but the bread itself comes across as a tad doughy, if not slightly undercooked. The tuna-pesto crostini is also good although the pesto overwhelms the tuna. The salt and pepper quail reminds me of asian-style chicken wings, and the creamed corn served with the scallops is excellent.
filet tips. mmm…
By the time all six dishes had come and gone, it was 10pm (2 hours), and I was still very hungry, feeling like I had only eaten appetizers and that an entree must be on its way. Had the kitchen not been so slow, I would have ordered more, but I feared waiting until midnight for anything else. The only comment our waiter had was, “I don’t know why the kitchen is slow tonight” before walking off.
Will I go back? At some point I will. The food at Miso Izakaya is good and hopefully the slow service was just a mishap. There are some interesting dishes on the menu, and considering the place isn’t too pricey (avg. $8 per item), it wouldn’t break the bank to try them again.
Ok, I have to mention this. As we were paying, the waiter dropped of this vase at our table. An inedible flower with four frozen grapes. This is completely unnecessary and honestly just plain silly. I mean, I can put grapes in the freezer too.