Right, the food, and boy was there a lot of it! Sofi and I decided to split an appetizer of chicken yakatori, one of my personal favorites. We were sort of disappointed. Yakatori is traditionally bits of chicken thighs, legs, skin and other dark meat parts grilled and served on skewers. While it was elegantly presented, our "yakatori" ended up being nothing more than part of a grilled chicken breast served with ponzu sauce. It started becoming apparent that Rise is not a traditional Japanese restaurant.
Sofi opted for dessert, which was a tempura fried apple and vanilla ice cream. Like I said before, this is certainly no traditional Japanese place, but the combination was interesting. I feel as if though the flavor of the apple gets lost in the tempura shell but it was definitely a cool fusion way to serve up a Japanese-style dessert.
If you're looking for a traditional Japanese restaurant in Atlanta, Rise may not be the choice for you. If you're looking for Asian-Fusion with a super comfortable atmosphere and upscale feel, than Rise is the place.