2550 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540444.955666 -93.277988
Neighborhoods: Powderhorn, Whittier
Bad Service – My first visit at Azia was very pleasant, we had a new server who treated us with a ton of respect And the food was absolutely amazing. My second time there I was seated at a table in the center of the place which made for an extremely loud environment. But my final straw with this restaurant was when the waitress would push my baby around in order to get to the table behind us. Continuously through the night my baby was pushed around by the staff unwantingly to us. We had a 3 month old baby who was sleeping in his stroller and every single time the waitress would go to the table behind us she chose to move my baby and every time it woke him up and it made for an extremely unpleasant evening. That same time our waitress wasn't nearly as nice and the service she provided was very sparse- to none at all.
BEST SUSHI – The new Japanese street style decor is so creative and perfect for a sushi restaurant. I love when restaurants make a special effort to really create a theme and pay attention to the small details, like the string lanterns and A25 sign designed like a subway stop. As usual the sushi is amazing, since this place opened it's had some of the best sushi in town, awesome hot food menu as well, and it's just a fun place to go.
After we had a couple of amazing rolls and a specialty sake drink (yum!) we went back to the caterpillar lounge to listen to some music and have one last cocktail, all in all a great visit!
Tasty Sushi! – As a frequent patron of Azia Restaurant, I decided to try out Anemoni. What a pleasant surprise! The oysters are amazing here, as are the sushi. The atmosphere is more relaxed than Azia, the waitresses are attentive and service is fast. This is also a great place for late night dining as they serve sushi until 12 am. Their happy hour specials are great too! Getting the normal cocktails, like the Sake Cosmo, for $7 or beer for $3. The music is great, the sushi is fresh, and definitely a fun time! I would go there next time as an alternative to Azia!
Worst service – My boyfriend and I went on a Saturday night around 8:30pm without making reservations. The host said there weren't any tables available, but that we could sit at the sushi bar, which was fine with us. We did notice a lot of empty tables once we were seated, but didn't really care. Our intent was to order a lot of oysters and a little sushi.
The server took awhile (about 5-10 minutes) to visit us and bring the menus. When asking about the oysters, she did not know what was in stock nor did she have any recommendations. We ordered a dozen oysters (cost: $2.70 per oyster), which were GREAT. The sushi was average. The kitchen was out of Toro, which was disappointing.
The reason we will never return was the service. The server never came back after giving us the oysters to see if we liked them or if we wanted to order more (which we did). She also walked away in the middle of being asked a question (I was asking for Tabasco sauce) and never offered to get us a second drinks (by the way, the drinks are spendy- $13 for a martini and $12 for Johnny Walker Black. I told the manager of our discontent. He apologized and was very attentive the remainder of the meal. The server apologized as well and offered us deserts to make it up to us. We thanked her for acknowledging the poor service and for the desert offer, but explained that we neither of us liked desert. While we were waiting for the bill, the manager brought our two deserts. Nether of us wanted any, but we each ate a bite to be polite. We were charged for the deserts on the check, and were over charged for the sushi and the oysters as well. After the check was fixed, we paid it and were happy to leave. The whole night was so focused on the bad service and the constant mishaps that the food didn't matter.
Altogether, for 12 oysters, 2 sushi rolls and 2 cocktails, the bill was $104. It was not worth it when we could have had a nicer meal and much better service for the price.
Down-tempo world lounge music entertains the swanky Eat Street customers delving into specialty rolls, oysters and a deep sake menu. – In Short
A smooth maple bar, pressed tin ceiling, exposed brick walls and a color scheme of ocean blues and greens parallel a quaint Asian fishing village. Upscale, young cognoscentes take delight in exotic martinis, the highest grade sake and more than 20 signature rolls. Popular dishes include the caterpillar roll of eel, avocado and cucumbers, decorated with a radish sprout tail and real octopus eyes, as well as traditional maki and a half-dozen variety of oysters.
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