best artistic renderings of the food you're about to eat (2008)

SAPPORO EAST

Even before you get to taste the sushi at SAPPORO EAST, you are treated to a sampling of the menu in the form of the artwork on the walls: 8 1/2-by-11-inch printouts of handrolls, bento boxes, and chunky bits of what appears to be tuna. Colorfully rendered, cheerfully displayed, and completely lacking in irony, they make the wait for a table pass in no time as you look around perplexedly and simply wonder, why?

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