I have a Canon 620 but we want something smaller to take to Europe next week. Also, I love the Canon in daylight but I don't like how it performs with a flash, or in low light without the flash. I don't think it has image stabilization. And I'd like a more powerful zoom.
If size and weight of a laptop are the most important things to you, then this might make sense. But really not for any other reason. Maybe purely for travel, in addition to a bigger machine, but I wouldn't make this my only computer.
The discussion took place elsewhere, so here's what I said. I guess the bar gets a better result than a table?
Omni said: Ampelman and I had dinner last night at Kanoyama, on 2nd Ave. & 11th St. Iso used to be in this space - it's the same block as Bar Veloce (where we had a glass of wine first).
It was superb. I haven't seen a selection if fish brought in from Japan in quite a while - it rivaled the selection I've seen at Yasuda in recent visits. We started with an app of soft shell crabs which was just excellent - juicy, meaty crabs, with a light batter, mildly herby. The sashimi course was gorgeously presented - so much attention to detail on the plate - tiny baby greens, teeny tiny baby zucchini with the blossom attached, mini purple flowers as decoration, and beautiful fish, including buttery otoro and abalone, among others.
We sat at the bar, we were very well taken care of by "Kay" - I will reserve in front of him in the future for sure.
Definitely, definitely worth a trip. We spent $220 each, including everything, and we did have some sake. We had 2 cooked apps, then total omakase - sashimi and sushi, until we cried uncle. For the quality and quantity, I thought the price was fair.
Daisy said... I was there last week-a party of six--and I had some very nice stuff including kinki head and the sweetest, smallest ami ebi ever. BUT---service was glaciallly slow--we ordered about a dozen differnt things and they came out one at a time over the course of almost two hours. And it was expensive--one inexpensive bottle of sake (we'd all had cocktails round the corner)and not a ton of food (we ordered mostly apps and a little sushi and sashimi a la carte) was $75 a head.
I do think the next time I want to spend a fortune on sushi it might be a contender.
Omni said: I cannot imagine spending $75 a head and thinking I had enough either in terms of quality or quantity. Good sushi is expensive, and I am willing to pay for it.
We were at the bar, so service was not an issue - although it took forever to get our check when we needed to leave to get to a movie.
We saw the things being prepared for the tables and being sent out to the tables - and we commented that they were definitely not the same quality as what we were served. Wasabi wasn't fresh real wasabi, bullshit crab sticks and lots of filler, etc.
Sit at the bar when you go next time. We also made it clear that we eat everything and wanted the chef to do his best for us - and that's what happened. He opened his "special box of fish from Japan" which didn't come out for most of what they prepared during the evening.
Ampelman said... Fish last night was indeed superlative -- sparklingly fresh, of impeccable quality and very well served. Vibe in restaurant was nice, too: lively but not too much commotion. And handy location for a pre-dinner glass @ Bar Veloce next door and a postprandial flick up the block.
Daisy said... It wasn't the qaulity that was an issue. We were given real wasabi at the table and the ama ebi were amazing. But six people can't sit at the bar and we had to wait 45 minutes (we were down the street drinking so it was no hardship)for a table as it was. And call me a rube, but we ordered very little sushi and sashimi--we ordered very little food, nobody was super hungry-- and I think $75 a head with the amount of raw fish and the teeny amount of sake had is pretty pricey .