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Re: “Drunken Fish nets a sushi hangover

Seems weird to go to a sushi restaurant and only review 1 sushi roll---the weirdest one you can find--and then rip on the place. I understand wanting to try a variety of the menu, but they are known for sushi and have won several awards for it in St. Louis. Did they magically forget how to make sushi or is the KC version of sushi somehow different than the other side of the state?

I've been there several times and have always enjoyed the rolls. Yes, they are a little more imaginative, but some people like it that way. That's my preference for sushi in the Midwest because I recognize we just aren't going to ever get the best or freshest fish out here so I'd rather go with a fun roll that has some other stuff going on. I think there are a lot more mainstream cocktails on the menu that people would enjoy as well. I like the Purple Haze, which is sake mixed with a little raspberry liqueur. And the atmosphere is MUCH improved over Bice. I think they did a lot with kind of a weird restaurant space and it looks pretty cool. The rooftop deck is a huge selling point for me--it's huge and very well done.

As for service, I think that seems to be pretty typical of new establishments. I'm an experienced server and I wouldn't jump ship to a brand new place with no standing in the city until I knew it could perform and what the tips might look like. As far as I've heard through the server grapevine, Drunken Fish is in the transition phase where they are weeding out some of the servers they opened the store with and bringing in some people with more experience.

All in all, I would encourage people to still give it a try and decide for themselves.

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Posted by Em on 05/18/2011 at 6:09 PM

Re: “A Mustard Seed tries to sprout a party off U.S. Highway 40

I used to go out to this place on Sat nights once upon a time after work at my service industry job in Independence UNTIL the staff and owners were rude to our group and now none of us will step foot in this establishment. Basically a server got in an argument with my friend over his tab-- my friend just wanted the bill so he could pay cash, the server got in my friend's face saying his card on his tab was declined and he needed to do something about it like he was trying to be shady. Well instead of ever bringing his bill, she brings his card back and throws it on our table; only none of us were at the table. She left it unattended, and it got stolen. Another argument ensues.In the meantime the girl is also walking around badmouthing our entire table within earshot of us.

Eventually, this girl calls a bouncer over and he tells my friend to leave and the restaurant doesn't want his money because he is starting trouble. My friend just wants to pay his tab, and is now upset that the server let his card get stolen. The bouncer says, "I wouldn't come to your store and start problems." To which I respond, "And we would be fired on the spot if we acted like your servers have tonight." I ask to talk to a manager who does not come over to our table, but rather I have to go find working the front door. He says he doesn't want to talk to me about my friend because "he's a trouble maker." I tell him I would rather talk to them about the rude service staff that has been rude to my whole group of friends and has been irresponsible with my friend's belongings...Nope I was told that he doesn't care. The owner Mary? Nope she doesn't want to talk to me at all. My response? "Well I guess you don't care about your paying customers and now I know why this store has closed and reopened under so many different names while keeping the same ownership." I refuse to go back if that is the way the ownership treats people.

Posted by Emily on 09/29/2010 at 3:42 PM

Re: “A proposed Plaza remodel has Kansas Citians acting like they own the place. (Which they sort of do.)

Here's why they "need" this space. This firm is a fairly new mash-up of what used to be Shughart Thomson blah blah and Polsinelli blah blah blah. Polsinelli was the larger firm and had offices in downtown and Shugart was smaller and held offices on 47th St. on the plaza already. Since the merger, they have kept 2 office locations in KC. They are wanting to now build a new building to house all attorneys in one location and apparently decided they wanted it on the plaza rather than downtown. I've heard some people supporting this project because it will "bring new jobs in," but that isn't quite the case. This is an existing KC firm just looking for a new location. It will bring in some construction work, but that's about it as far as new jobs go. This is basically just a convenience and overhead costs issue and I think we should demand that the firm build something that matches the rest of the area if it is approved at all. Husch Blackwell had to do the same thing when they wanted to build a high rise on Ward Parkway S and block the view for that neighborhood--how do you think we got the Plaza library branch? It's in the bottom of Husch's building and was in part a trade off to get approval for the building...Give a little back to the community guys!

Posted by E on 09/01/2010 at 4:57 PM

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