I heard that this restaurant was going to be featured in an Asian restaurant magazine as one of the best date places to go to (my best friend knows the reviewer). I have to say that I was not disappointed. First of all, we were treated well from the moment we walked in, but not in a way that made us feel uncomfortable like some places. We just felt welcomed and comfortable. The decor is in mellow earth tones, adding to the warmth and appeal of the place. We decided on the shabu-shabu; that's the paper thin beef that is cooked right at the table, and we had heard was delicious, but hard to find, since most Japanese places don't offer it. It was fun to have it cooking right at the table and the final result was delicious. It was a generous portion for two, but we finished every morsel. Almost forgot, we started with sashimi and sushi roll, and it was the freshest I ever tasted. I found out that their sushi chef is a master from Japan, and the results he achieves are extraordinary. My standards for this food are now much higher after eating at Cocoro. Except for one other couple, we were the only non-Asians in the place, and I think that says a lot. The manager told me that their popularity with Japanese customers is in their sticking with the Japanese way of doing things. There are a few fusion items like the spicy tuna roll (excellent!), but everything else is strictly Japanese. Next time I go I want to try the ramen. I saw it being served at a nearby table, and it looked like a dish from what I imagine is the rural part of Japan. The bowl looked huge! I will review my next visit to Cocoro, hopefully soon! Much recommended.
Pros: great food, top-notch service, mellow atmosphere
Cons: would like to see more desert items