My cousin told me to meet her at the Japanese restaurant at Doncaster Shoppingtown opposite Max Brenner (which she had frequented before) . I searched far and wide for a Japanese joint and could only find the Secret Kitchen.
It was very clearly a Chinese restaurant.
I put her confusion over which part of Asia we were dealing with down to the fact that she has 3 kids under the age of 3.
You can try Japanese beer to start but very quickly you will be coerced into trying the Chinese variety.
This is a large restaurant with high pre-movie banquets.
The scallops came about 30 seconds after we ordered our banquet - we were impressed with the speediness.
We wolfed them down 15 seconds later and 15 seconds after that felt reprimanded by the fact that we ate a meal that belonged to someone else. Get stuffed.
Then Kelvin a cute waiter came along and said perfect for you loss for us - nooo worrriesss.
The scallops were ok.
Next was san choi bou - very good. My cousin declared that whoever thought "I have no bread, use lettuce instead" was a genius.
The next dish of peking duck was also tasty, even if a bit cold.
The remainder of the meals started to go downhill. I can't tell you what the soup was but the seafood tasted a bit wrongtown and there was way too much cornflour.
The szechuan spicy chicken was a tad fatty and the beef just didn't taste super fresh to me.
About $60 per head.