The vibe: Cozy and quick
This seems to be where Japanophiles hang out to test their Japanese language skills on waitstaff. Fortunately, these folks also know good food when they see it. The simple menu covers several tiers of the Japanese food pyramid: sushi, ramen, and donburi. The new restaurant is so small, you might be asked to share a table if you're solo, and you better believe it’s with one of those Japanophiles.
Best bet: A $15 lunchtime bento box with soup, salad, sashimi, fried fish with tonkatsu sauce, rice, and a compartment of some kind of Japanese comfort food that tastes like someone’s Grandma made it.