Radhika is having trouble managing the seating. In an interview, she admits that she's a little bit lost. Various diners say that the hostess seemed kind of intense, not friendly, and like she wasn't enjoying herself. Jamie interviews that Radhika is spending more time in the kitchen than she should, and keeps standing there staring at the tickets instead of going to the hostess stand. The judges are also unimpressed with Radhika's performance. Colicchio points out that Radhika is MIA once again, and they could leave right now without getting a goodbye. They decide to do just that, and sure enough, Radhika is hanging out in the kitchen and misses their exit.
Now it's time for the food at Sunset Lounge. Leah interviews that service is going well, but she's nervous about the judges. She's not used to being in a leadership role, and she's also not happy about her dish (the fish that had to be sliced into), but she's hoping things go okay. Fabio goes from table to table laying on the charm, and even he admits that he speaks with a thicker accent because he knows people like that.
The judges enter and Fabio seats them. Stephen Starr is five minutes from hiring Fabio to work as a greeter at one of his restaurants, I think. The amuse-bouche goes out, and Fabio explains that he made it, and it's a vegetable roll with mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, and sweet chili sauce. Padma asks for reactions. Colicchio says he's had better frozen egg rolls, and Starr agrees that it was second-rate. One diner says the sauce tasted jarred, but another diner says that it "amused [her] bouche." Fabio goes into the kitchen and calls for the appetizers, which is tuna and salmon sashimi with a radish salad and yuzu vinaigrette. It's accompanied by coconut curry bisque with shrimp dumplings. The judges think the soup is fine, and the sushi is also fine, but not overwhelmingly great. One diner agrees that the sashimi is underseasoned.