Last week my wife and I decided to celebrate my 50th birthday at Azie on Main. We had heard mixed reviews, but my wife (being the sushi lover she is) wanted to try the restaurant. I also enjoy sushi, but not to the extent that she does. I looked at the online menu and decided that there were plenty of other choices besides sushi, so we took the chance. My wife and I both thought that the entire experience was uncommonly bad, especially for a restaurant that charges such high prices.
To begin with, the restaurant was almost impossible to find. We had to stop at a gas station to ask where it was. When we finally found it tucked away behind other buildings and next to a Staples, we were surprised that there was not a valet. We parked in the back, as there were no spots close to the entrance and shivered our wary into the establishment. We were greeted warmly by the hostess, who promptly sat us in the main dining area. The heat, coming from the vents was so oppressive, that we asked two different people who worked there if it could possibly be lowered. I never felt a change and was sweating throughout the evening.
The waiter was aloof at best and was nowhere to be found when we wanted to order a second round of drinks. The wine we originally ordered tasted like the bottle had been opened for days, possibly without a wine stopper to keep the air out. But again, our waiter was nowhere to be found, so we just settled on ice water for the rest of the night.
The pork dumpling appetizer was fair, but a better version could be found at almost any neighborhood Asian restaurant for half the price. After the appetizer, my wife's sushi was served to us at least ten minutes before my meal was ready. Oddly enough, the sushi was placed in front of me, even though I didn't order it. My wife also needed to ask for traditional sushi condiments such as wasabi and ginger, as the table only had a half filled, small bottle of soy sauce. By the time my meal arrived she was basically finished as I was starting. And to make matters worse, I found a hair on my dinner plate.
For dessert we had some type of fondue, which was lacking in substance. A few pieces of fruit and some marshmallows was a bit bare bones in my opinion. The only part of the restaurant we were impressed with was the decor. So if you want to sit in a fancy looking place and have sub par food with sub par service, then this place is for you. Otherwise, I would suggest going to Nectar or traveling into the city to Pod. Both of those places are also beautifully decorated, but the food and service are head and shoulders above what we received at Azie. I rarely complain or leave reviews, but I felt that I should warn my fellow culinary enthusiasts to bypass this place which is more smoke and mirrors than anything else. Had it not been my birthday, I probably would not have taken the time to write this review, but I felt the evening was ruined, when I was expecting something special.