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Posted by SB on 02/04/2008
We read all the hype about the restaurant and went to try it with another couple friend. Truly it is by far the worst food we've had and the most we've paid for such bad food!!! Service was ok. Ninja tricks didn't impress us either! We are never going back there....
Posted by MudCesca on 11/10/2007
I've been to Ninja twice now, the first time with my cousin and the second time with my mom. Both times I've had incredible experiences- the decor is fantastic! You're basically walking into a "ninja-village" and they joke with you all night, performing "ninja magic tricks" at the end. The food is fantasticly delicious, I reccomend getting a tastic menu TO SPLIT with someone (they are HUGE), unless you eat nothing else before you go. I never thought squid-ink pork would taste even remotely good before I went, but now it's my favorite thing on the menu. GREAT JOB NINJA!! Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/28/2007
We went here for my birthday dinner and I must have said "thank you" to my husband 10 times before we even left. The food was great - our favorites dishes were the udon soup and the kirikabu. The drinks were also superb. And the ninjas? Very fun and different. For those that say the place tries to hard - don't take yourselves so seriously.
Posted by NinjaGirl on 10/21/2007
I was very disappointed. When I go to a theme type restaurant, I expect to pay more for the 'tourist factor', but this place had fine dining prices. I assumed that anything that pricey would also have fine dining type service. We ordered the five course meals, but waited 15 minutes between some courses. The lobster was really chewy and they left us with chopsticks for our steaks, not even a Ninja could make THAT work! They brought the wrong dessert for my husband, but left mine with me. I didn't want to eat without him, so I held off on beginning mine. They then came back 3 minutes later and took my dessert away and gave it to another table! I did enjoy the appetizer presentation with dry ice and the decor was stellar, but the staff couldn't quite muster the enthusiasm to make it a good experience. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
Posted by boswijck on 08/23/2007
...and what it is is kinda hard to describe. if you don't want a theme restaurant, or a restaurant where the waiters are joke cracking ninjas that just might ambush you after coming back from the bathroom, don't eat here. though hopefully the name would scare you off anyway. i went for my birthday (if anyone cares, i was paying) and had much fun. i had the vegetarian course, which was for the most part very good and for some parts excellent. i was told by my dining partner that the various meat dishes were also good to great. i thought the prices reasonable for a 5 course meal, ignoring the theme. i found the ninja antics fun, as there's nothing quite like watching the person that waited on you the whole meal climb up a wall and out of sight following the affair. complaints? it does try a little too hard (but, um, remember its a theme restaurant). and i'll second that the 'normal' dining area i felt a little closed off. it worked out fine for me, being a birthday, but normally i would find this odd. there is a rock garden area, which looked much more open and nicer. i really liked the decor, but of course was in the mood for eating in a self-described ninja cave. its very minimalist and dark, though a tad kitschy. my short recommendation: if the idea of eating in a ninja-themed restaurant appeals to you, by all means go. if you find this idea cheesy, then don't.
Posted by Joe on 08/19/2007
My girlfriend and I went there with 3 other couples. We were seated in a private room, which was like a jail cell. The waiter was slow and kept forgetting our drink orders. She suggested the shabu shabu, which is a pot of broth and basically 4 pieces of steak-umm's which you have to cook in the broth and it was disgusting. We each had 2 drinks and the bill came to 1200.00. This place is way to expensive and the food is mediocre, at best.
Posted by Birthday Girl on 08/01/2007
My friend and roommate took me here as a surprise for my birthday and it didn't disappoint. From the moment we arrived it was theatre. The three of us were led down a dark corridor and after a right turn, a left turn and some stairs we were seated in our little room. It was awesome. Attentive, pleasant waiters. AMAZING presentation and the best part --- THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS. Seriously. Everything we ordered was gobbled up with aplomb. Tasty and satisfying. Great for special occasions!