The place is small with a nice-looking bar. The menu is familiar, with Pam ordering the Nabeyaki Udon noodle soup ($9.95).
It comes with vegetables, shrimp tempura, fishcake, and a wonderful poached egg.
Our friend ordered another soup, the Kistune Udon (seafood broth and marinated tofu), to warm up on this vaguely snowy day. I stuck with sushi.
We talked movies and books and holiday parties, and as we were winding down the meal, I made a visit to restroom ... and then proceeded to play with the toilet for 5 minutes.
But this is no ordinary toilet, it's the Toto Washlet Toilet ...
A sign posted near this awesome machine explains, "This is one of the most luxurious toilets available, from the Japanese company based in Kitakyushu, Japan."
The cover is self-rising through a motion sensor, the seat is heated. There are bidet features that control the water's aim, intensity, and temperature.
I pressed all the buttons and made the lid go up. I took a video of the lid going up. And then I made Pam go check it out, and she pressed all the buttons.
We would have sent our friend in next, but, alas, the Toto is only in the ladies room, and it's the only one in all of the area Sekisui locations.
According to a Sekisui rep, "It's sort of an experiment to see if Memphis is ready."