Atisuto is billed as a Japanese restaurant and bakery. Japanese and restaurant, yes, but I don’t know about bakery. Perhaps that’s at a branch other than this one near the new metro link in the Persia Court of Ibn Battuta Mall. It’s a proper restaurant this, with entrances from inside the mall or from outside (although I think the outside entrance is closed now). There for a quick ramen lunch before our movie, my daughter and I liked its modernist interior, particularly the use of Japanese umbrellas on the ceiling.
My daughter Yasmin (aka Little Miss Finicky) ordered, starting us off with Chicken Spring Rolls and, what turned out to be ridiculously salty, Yakitori Chicken. Lessen the sauce and they could have been very good, especially because the kitchen got a great sear on the chicken. The spring rolls weren’t anything special. Yasmin felt the spring rolls at McDonald’s taste better.
I am unable to watch a movie without munching on popcorn. This doesn’t bode well for the low carb diet I am on, especially when I was also having lunch. Thankfully, Atisuto offers half portions of their ramen. And halfs are what daddy and daughter ordered, hers the of the Wontonmen with udon noodles and mine of the Tantanmen with normal ramen noodles. BUT they got it all wrong and brought mine with her noodles and hers with mine – grrr! I didn’t think much of my ramen; its broth lacked depth of flavour and search as I might, I couldn’t find any minced meat – hello?!
I had mixed feelings about the service at Atisuto. The supervisor who greeted and seated us was friendly, accommodating and extremely social. In total contrast, the lady who waited on our table seemed almost bored with her job; she was distant and slow and did nothing but aggravate our disappointment with the restaurant. Normally I would give an experience like this a 2/5 but I feel Atisuto can do better and will give them a 3/5 instead. From strictly a ramen point of view, they’re somewhere in-between Ichikura (in the new metro link food court) and Umami in the Carrefour end food court – you decide.
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