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JM ate the BBQ chicken.
Nichole ate the chef's choice sushi rolls with a pineapple juice.
The bill was $25, or $12.50/person, plus tip.
JM gave Restaurant Muramoto an A- ; Nichole gave Restaurant Muramoto a B+ (see our grading rubric).
Our personal "Restaurant Week" ended as quickly as it began, with lunch at a spot we'd heard so many recommendations for. The lunch menu was considerably shorter and less adventurous than the dinner menu, but seemed to suit the suit crowd well.
We sat on the patio where the sun was shining brightly. The grill was just on the other side of the wall, and every time we heard something slap down, we'd see a plume of smoke from the exhaust above the patio and get a whiff of something delicious. Those clouds reminded us of another Muramoto restaurant and we wondered if every staffer needs to go through the Haze before moving on to the more tippable jobs here and at Sushi Muramoto (but we didn't have the courage to ask our server such a dumb, punny question).
After one bite of the BBQ chicken, JM described it as glazed in sunshine. It sure was pretty. A generous slather of sweet and hot sauce lay under roasted potatoes and zucchini and a side of sesame-inflected coleslaw. The side of longer-grain white rice was also fragrant and good, and very distinct from the sushi rice, though we expected thoughtful use of ingredients at a place of this caliber.
The sushi's only real problem was that it was served on a bed of laurels. Leaving the choice to the chef yielded two hosomaki (one avocado and one salmon) and a New York roll with avocado and crab. The flavors were fresh, with a better grade of ginger than you usually see, but the rolls weren't all that tight and there was what looked like a blue denim apron thread stuck between two of them. Maybe Tuesday lunch is training time, who knows.
All nitpicking aside, we left sated and sunned, and more than willing to come back and try dinner sometime when we're done with the List.