To keep this short, I'll posit that there were two things going for Sagami:
- The decor is pleasingly bubbly. By which I mean there's a bit of dark wood, a bit of faux-stained glass, and some strip lighting around the edge of various decor features. Unfortunately nothing is in pastel colors, but I think it was designed for a more male clientele, lo those many years ago (as was seemingly every restaurant on that floor). It has the 'not updated very often' patina.
- The food was not really going for it. My udon was a big, tepid bowl that had a tempura'ed piece of chikuwa in it (a tubular fish cake, I kid you not) and a small sashimi bowl on the side. Zoner had 'chicken balls', which turned out to be pieces of chicken and balls of potato cooked in thick broth. AsSam had a grilled mackerel after a fun interchange with the waitress where she denied existence of said fish, who appeared outside.
- The best thing about the place, sadly, was undoubtedly the level of hatred that it raised in Zoner. I can't quite explain it for such an average place, but boy did he hate it bitterly. I guess mediocrity is the enemy of greatness, and he's looking for greatness.
New Tokyo Group strikes again.