|Address:||107 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, USA|
|Working:||11:30AM–10:30PM 11:30AM–10:30PM 11:30AM–10:30PM 11:30AM–10:30PM 11:30AM–11:30PM 11:30AM–11:30PM 11:30AM–10PM|
The waitress was phenomenal. She was extremely attentive to my gluten intolerance and even went so far as to ask the chefs to change their gloves before they made my sushi. Great attitude and great service. The sushi however was subpar at best. Small portions and fairly expensive for the quality. I ordered 4 rolls. Two were salmon, one was yellowtail, and one was mackerel. Served warm for some reason which was a little concerning given the fact that it was raw fish. Salmon tasted reasonably fresh though a little bland. Had a bit of an odd oily taste to it. The yellowtail and the mackerel however were downright inedible. Low quality fish that was clearly on the verge of spoiling. I ate two pieces of salmon and one each of the yellowtail and the mackerel rolls before I decided I couldnt finish. It was truly awful. I asked the waitress to remove 3 out of 4 rolls from my bill and Id pay for the the roll Id eaten. Thats fair right? Well a manager comes out and while initially polite but curt, he states he cant remove the food from the bill. "Ive served this to over 50 customers today and havent had a complaint". I told him politely but firmly that I had no problem paying for what I had eaten, but I wouldnt be paying for all of it. He threatened to call the police on me, which I invited him to do. He eventually relented and said "Ill take the uneaten food off your bill, but only if you never come back". Ive honestly never encountered such unprofessional behavior from a manager at a restaurant. I will never return to this place again solely because of that manager. If youre looking for good sushi look to Noble Fish in Troy, Blufin in Grosse Pointe, or Mangos in Dearborn. Much better sushi, much better pricing, and great friendly staff.
I give it two stars for the service only. The waiter was nice but that is by it. Thank you Mr. waiter you where the only good thing. We went in there on a Friday night at random while walking around Royal Oak. First of all it was freezing right when walked in there and my intuition told me to leave but I didnt listen I thought Id warm up with some hot sake.Let me tell how bland it was. Past that we order appetizers the seafood puffs they had no flavor what so ever and they came with this nasty sauce I think Lemon peel, really?? we also ordered the chicken staka which was two chicken skewers with yet another nasty sauce. Sauces where clashing with the appetizers and the appetizers had no flavor just like the sushi. The sushi was so bland and oily it had no flavor and no Asian zing at all. I couldnt even finish it. I am a sushi lover and I have to have it all the time so my palette is well developed when it comes to sushi and Asian cuisine as a whole. This was way overpriced for some bland oily sushi. I felt sooo bad for the person paying for this experience. I am so bummed its nothing like it looks on the outside dont be deceived. Take your money to an authentic spot and enjoy actual sushi prepared by people that actually know sushi like my usual spot JOA SUSHI!
Little Tree was a wonderful place to get decent sushi for many years. I used to visit often but I hadnt been in two years and Im sorry that I returned because my last experience was so disappointing I will never go again. It made me sad. First let me say their pan-asian menu is probably still decently solid but to still call themselves a sushi bar is to insult the art of sushi making. First off their sushi rice was terrible... hard and flavorless, it was the first sign that they have amateur sushi chefs behind the bar. A real sushi chef would never serve what we were served. Their wild caught menu was overpriced and ill-prepared to the point that both me and my date were surprised with sharp inch long bones in our fatty yellowtail. Bones in sushi? At $73 (after tip, Im not a total jerk) with no alcohol I expect a properly prepared meal. Especially when its a place Ive trusted in the past. Most of what we ate was disappointing but Ill admit the Tuna was fresh enough that I could ignore the rice. I have never in my life left sushi uneaten but the last piece I could not stomach. Whomever is managing this place now, get your life together and hire some decent sushi chefs. Ill not be returning.
A Private User
Weve been going here for MANY years. Turned countless people on to this place & have brought many a party with us. But, over the last couple of years, Little Trees been in a downward spiral. Service is shoddy @ best & the signature "Harley Rolls" have even changed. They used to have flavors other than just hot pepper spices & hot oil on tuna. I love hot foods, but, not when its hot just to be Hot. Lame. (& Yes I do know theyre more than just a sushi restaurant. But, their other dishes have never been very spectacular either.) & the wait staff has now turned completely over. None of the old characters work there anymore. Just a bunch of people who dont seem to care to interact with guests or even each other. Weak. The sushi was never that great (except the old recipe harley rolls), but, the staff had enough character to give the place some fun. Now they just seem to be their only to "work". Boring. "So" - Lame sushi, Boring staff, Crappy parking. "Why Go?!"
We decided to eat here tonight. This will be our first and last dining experience here. We walked in, there were all of 5 tables occupied. We guessed that there was a hostess somewhere since they had a hostess stand however she was nowhere in sight. So, we spoke to the bartender since the bar is located right by the door. He said, "go ahead and sit anywhere" so we did. We waited for a few minutes and finally a short girl with long blonde hair huffed over to us. She set menus down on the table and grunted, "just so you know, there is a hostess here to seat you" and huffed off. Not the best first impression. We decided to stay because we were both hungry. The food was ok but not that great. The atmosphere is cozy and our waitress Jodi was pleasant but theres no use in returning to an establishment with subpar food where hostesses feel that they can speak to customers in whatever fashion they wish.
I would like to ask the owner "How do you live with yourself?. What gives you the right to destroy Gods gift to the sea! What you do to SUSHI is an embarrassment. Im curious how you still have a clientele!!! Im more surprised that PETA hasnt staged a protest in Royal Oak forbidding the destruction you cause to what most consider a delicacy. The casualties you put on plates should be sold to cat food manufactures as the fishiness of what I experienced should be considered criminal. Take your good fortunes and run. Your days of being the ONLY sushi restaurant in town are over. Please hand over the reins to someone who cares about their customers and the art of serving good food!
A Private User
Management is rude and legalistic about their "everyone must be present before seating guests policy" when our party of four was one person short we were asked to step aside as later arriving customers were seated before us. I politely asked the manager to relax the policy and seat us assuring him that the forth person was on the way. Mr. Manager wouldnt oblidge the request. Cracks me up there werent any tables for three in the place so theyd have to seat us at a table for four anyway. Astonishing. Nice policy, this was my second and last visit to Little Tree. Okay, my $$$$ go elsewhere. Obviously this establishment is struggling with customer orientation concept.