The local reviews for De Mae are not as good as Osaka, mainly in the service department, but that was not our experience at all. Our host and server were extremely accommodating, checking frequently to see if they could help us in any way.
We wanted a little of everything, so we ordered dinner bento boxes, which included miso soup, salad, egg rolls, gyoza, 2 pieces of nigiri sushi (your choice), rice, edamame, and your choice of 2 entrees. I chose chicken katsu and shrimp tempura; Mr. Diner chose teriyaki steak and shrimp tempura. Everything seemed fresh...the salad had nice dark greens and carrots with the divine sesame-ginger dressing. Mmmmm. Sushi was good, but not the best. Katsu was a little dry, but the steak was good and the tempura was excellent! The server told me she loved the spicy mayo with the katsu and brought some for me without me asking...love that stuff! I have had it with katsu before, but forgot about it till she brought it. It was so much food, we had to bring at least half of it home. Our dinners were about $15 each, but the menu has a lot of things that are half that price or less and great lunch specials.
Our server was a sweet young woman from Japan who moved here recently for school. It was her first day working there (and her first job!), but she did a fantastic job. I want to try some of the other Japanese places that we haven't been to, but I think we'll go back, and we both hope to see her again!
Entree Price: $$
Average Fork Rating: 4
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 4