What is the difference between a birthday and an anniversary when it comes to clubs and bars? If a place has been open for a year, then it's a year old and thus its first birthday — but then it's also the 1st anniversary of its opening. I think from now on I'm just going to start referring to my birthdays as the anniversary of my 21st.
Either way, it's a reason to throw a party, which is precisely what Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar in the EpiCentre did on its one-year anniversary (slash 1st birthday) last week.
And just like they did with the rather grand, grand opening, they went all out ... and over the top.
After I passed the sumo-wrestling rink where guys wearing inflatable sumo suits were bouncing off each other, I made it down the red carpet entrance lined with nightlife photographers posing as paparazzi — I mean literally, made it down.
As I was walking in, the girl in front of me just stopped and sat down, causing me to trip over her and do a somersault down the red carpet — in a dress. Next thing I know, real-life ninjas are doing flips over her and breaking wood on her head. The only thing I could think of to do was get up and play off my tumble as part of the act.
Inside, I found two women wearing nothing but painted-on Enso logos and pasties, dancing on the bar, and another girl wearing nothing but granny panties and sushi laying on it. Is it just me, or is there something about eating raw fish off a naked woman that doesn't feel quite right? But they do have good sushi ... and 20 different kinds of sake to help make it seem like a great idea.
About the only thing the party was missing was Joanna from Nikko in her cowboy hat and boa singing, "Don't you wish your girlfriend was raw like sushi?"
I posted a pic on my Twitter (@brittneycason) of the naked sushi girl that read: "This is fishy. Wanna hook-her?" And apparently its contents were so graphic that Twitter deleted it. But it's not too graphic for the Brittney After Dark blog.