Vv's idea of fancy Japanese is traditionally an upmarket sushi bar... Haniachi after the pub is about as classy as it usually gets. No longer. Sono was a revelation in just how enjoyable and fun Japanese cuisine can be, even without the train.
The food tasted just as good (actually much better) when placed carefully on the table as when you have to catch it yourself as it cruises by. Actually the train thing has never really appealed, the food gets cold and your favorite never sneaks past the chubby couple with the surprisingly good reflexes.
As usual Vv sampled more of the menu than is recommended by the AMA and it was all delightful, except the Gyu Steak which was tough (go the Wagu - novice error). Don't miss the soft shell crab served in a tomato, cucumber and vinegar salsa - just sublime. The crab was possibley the Vv culinary highlight of 2008 so far.
Sono wont get any awards for value for money but your paying for inner city rent, top quality ingredients and great atmosphere.
Cant wait to return.