I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but I often find myself guilty of judging a restaurant by its name/logo. And assumptions doing what they do, this means that I am sometimes quite surprised by what I find inside. I ♥ Sushi is the most recent example. Based on the name, I'd figured they were an order-at-the-counter kind of place. One where you would eat fairly quickly--a good lunch place, but nothing fancy. That impression lasted exactly as long as it took for the hubby and I to walk through the door of the Madison location. I had a heartbeat to take in the sleek red and black decor surrounding a long bar before the hostess appeared to guide us to our table.
Once seated we were handed several heavy, leather bound menus and it was all I could do not the gape as I took in my surroundings. The long bar was mirrored by a long table, several party rooms took up one side of the restaurant, while booths with high backs and cushy leather seats took over the center. On the side opposite the party rooms was another long bar, this one a sushi bar providing a front row seat to the chefs at work.