April 27th, 2013. Spring Break in Vancouver!

el azteca modern tequila lounge

el azteca modern tequila lounge

 

 

 

So what to do in Vancouver? Eat as much food as possible! Continuing on our food-cation in Vancouver: a bite in Yaletown at El Azteca Modern Tequila Lounge 😀

el azteca modern tequila lounge

el azteca modern tequila lounge

 

 

Sure, Yaletown can be hit and miss in terms of actual good food and compared to how beautifully gussied up the interior is the service and authenticity of the cuisine can be a disappointment…but you can’t help trying.  Yaletown is like that really popular, pretty girl at the party that you just keep hoping is going to be your future wife, but then she opens her mouth and starts talking…and you realize that she thinks scalloped potatoes are made of scallops and that macaroons are the same as macarons…..

el azteca modern tequila lounge

el azteca modern tequila lounge

Anyways!! I digress.  With a preamble of cocktails, Robert and I started the evening with the Chicharron de Rib Eye; deep fried bites of rib-eye and guacamole served in a martini glass and a side of tortillas.  So, I really wanted to love this, and on paper it all sounded so good!  Not that it wasn’t good…the crunch on the rib-eye was great…but I think I’d have to say that rib-eye should just be left alone…not diced up small and that fried. Really ended up masking the flavor. But hey! It was still pretty yummy…just didn’t need to be made of rib-eye!

el azteca modern tequila lounge

el azteca modern tequila lounge

 

 

Robert went ahead with the Tacos Camarones of fresh Pacific shrimp, bacon, onion, peppers, and smokey habanero. The shrimp was plump, the flavors all worked together, and of course the true test of a taco is how much finger-lickin’ you do! I’d say this was a decent effort 🙂

el azteca modern tequila lounge

el azteca modern tequila lounge

 

 

I did my usual hemming and hawing over the menu and even picked our server’s brain.  In the end I ended up with the Cochinita Pibil. Pork slow-roasted in banana leaf (supposedly) and then served in a traditional peltre bowl served with a side of beans, pickles, and soft tortillas.

el azteca modern tequila lounge

el azteca modern tequila lounge

 

Did I enjoy it? YES! The pork came shredded, moist and smothered in a flavorful sauce that was sweet, tangy and had a little kick to it. 2 things I loved about this dinner: 1. It’s interactive. I get to build my own taco and play with ratio of ingredients.  LOVE THAT! 2. I was eating with a close friend whom I didn’t have to feel self-conscious about eating with my hands and having food juices dripping down my wrist. Hahaha!

el azteca modern tequila lounge

el azteca modern tequila lounge

 

 

 

 

I would NEVER order something like fajitas on a first-date situation, so the fact that I can order anything with Robert is a sign of true food-friendship ;D

el azteca modern tequila lounge

el azteca modern tequila lounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fun and playful touch to the end of our meal at El Azteca was the Jacob’s Ladder block toy that our check came in! Holy blast from the past!

el azteca modern tequila lounge

el azteca modern tequila lounge

 

 

 

Don’t judge my love for Churros. Or donuts. Or anything deep-fried.  With a tagline like “served with white chocolate dipping sauce” there is NO WAY I could resist an order to take out with me. Midnight snack here I come~!!!  Crispy, sugary, cinnamon-y, hot doughy goodness.  Yes, heaven, I’m sure, is full of churros 🙂

 

In conclusion, El Azteca is warm and inviting and service with cute Latino accents is always a plus, but the food doesn’t stand out, the flavors don’t pop, and for what you pay the portions are pretty meager. Is great for maybe a drink and small bites pre-party, but wouldn’t want to sink my entire night here.

Alpha Global Sushi Bar

January 22, 2015

April 26th, 2013. Alpha Global Sushi Bar

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

In Vancouver you definitely have to have sushi!  It’s a must. Like, really. I mean it!

To kick off our spring break I took us to Alpha Global Sushi Bar. Yelp and other food reviews have almost always steered me in the right direction and I’d been hearing about this place for a while. While it’s at a higher price point than many the promise of unique twists and good quality just outside the Yaletown neighborhood had me anticipating a good meal 🙂

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 


The space is small, with very limited seating, typical of your more traditional Japanese style joints. It’s cozy.  The interesting thing about Alpha is that you also get a hefty book on Japanese history along with your table and menu. Intellectual!

 

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mojitos are a must on sunny days and when reuniting with a friend! Refreshing, minty, subtly sweet and crisp!  My favorite cocktail 🙂

 

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ebi Fry seemed to be a fan favorite, so we ordered it. Light, crispy, and super hot on the inside! The cool tartar sauce helped cool down our tongues and added a tangy punch!

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 

 

We ordered the Spicy Tuna Sashimi with sliced onion, seaweed, green onion with a spicy ginger sauce.  Fresh tuna has a clean, sweet flavor and your teeth sink in the surface and then you get a slightly bouncy give towards the middle.  The spicy ginger sauce was refreshing and paired in a lovely way with the tuna!

 

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar


The famous and namesake Alpha Roll has mango, tobiko, mayo crab, wrapped in albacore tuna, and avocado with a plum wine mustard mayo sauce.  You know me, I love sauce!  This roll was again, quite clean tasting and the sweet and rich sauces just added a decadence to it.  I am usually not a fan of mango, but this roll was nice 🙂

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 

For our second roll I went with the Philly Roll.  Sure, it’s one of those “been there, done that” items, but I can’t help my love for cream cheese and smoked salmon 😉  While not being exactly exciting I was happy that they didn’t skimp on the smoked salmon as many places do.

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 

Mind blowing moment: The Mentaiko Udon. Like, MIND. BLOWN. It was essentially udon noodles in a spicy cod roe sauce…..but what made it so amazing was that it was tossed in BUTTER! Like, WHAT???!!! How could something so simple, make something SO AMAZING!! Oh, right, IT’S BUTTER!  Okay, maybe I’m just a little crazy, but this was so so so so awesome. I loved it!!

Despite the fact that it seemed like a solid meal I couldn’t help feeling at the end that I wasn’t quite satisfied. Like, even though we were both full it still left me feeling like I was wanting something more. Hmmmmmm………

March 16th, 2013. Fancy Time at Yew @ The Four Seasons 

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

After brunch with Joyce I rendezvoused with Tracy downtown.  It’s been a while since Tracy was downtown with a gal-pal!  We strolled through Holt Renfrew trying on high-end shoes, and browsing the gorgeous and (some not so cute) haute couture bags 😉

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

 

 

 

Tracy was just so happy to be out of the house and having some much deserved me-time that we also stopped in at Yew at the Four Season’s for a snack!

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

 

 

Tracy was intent on getting a cocktail to make the most of the experience, but since I’d be driving us back I opted for a delicious little Cappuccino.  It joyfully came served with an in-house made Biscotti 🙂  Gotta love the extra little touch and detail that I’ve come to expect from Yew ♥

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

 

For my nibbles I ordered the Organic Local Apple Tart.  Of course this wasn’t just your average apple tart.  No, this was an apple tart made of Cox’s Pippin and Liberty French apples,aged cheddar ice cream and hazelnuts.  Thin shavings of the cheddar and a caramely glaze garnished the slate that the dessert was served on.

yew seafood + bar
yew seafood + bar

Rich, buttery pastry encompassed the sweet and tart apples which were not soggy and still retained a hint of that great apple crunch.  I’m not a huge fan of nuts, so the hazelnuts were just nuts to me, but I loved nibbling on the cheese shavings held between my fingers and that ice cream was super creamy and smooth with just a breath of that rich cheesy flavor.

 As always, a very satisfying experience and service, as always, was prompt, pleasant and helpful.  Yew gets a thumbs up every time 😀

March 2nd, 2013. Yum Time @ Zakkushi!!

zakkushi on denman

zakkushi on denman

 

 

 

 

After a bit of a social dry spell I was more than excited about an evening of eats with Richard to explore a place we’d heard so much about… Zakkushi on Denman!

zakkushi on denman

zakkushi on denman

 

 

Zakkushi is a Japanese Izakaya bar space that focuses on one main thing….grilling anything on a stick!  What’s not to love about that?  I love everything about it!  In true Vancouver style the main food station is right in the open with the delicious aromas of grilled meats wafting and filling up the small and cozy space.  With the house packed full Richard and I got seats right at the bar to start off the night.

zakkushi on denman

zakkushi on denman

 

 

 

After drooling all over the menu we finally put up a mass order and waited for the skewered barrage to start flowing in!  And the food kept coming ;D

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alright, so the first trio of skewers to show up were the Kurobuta Pork, Wasa Beef and Uzura Maki.

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

 

The Uzura Maki really was a no-brainer for us since it was what I had used as my bait to get Richard interested in coming here! Uh, bacon wrapped quail eggs topped off with a sweet and creamy mayo and seaweed shreds?  Yes, yes and YES!  The epitome of everything I enjoy including the fact that it comes on a stick!

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

Usually I associate Kurobuta Pork with Japadog and their Kurobuta hotdogs.  This was a different application and just as super tasty!  The char flavor coming through on that juicy pork with the sweet marinade was really the clincher here.

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

 

The Wasa Beef is AAA grade slices of beef topped off with fresh wasabi and those seaweed ribbons.  Simple, clean, flavorful and that wasabi is just the right kinda kick!  Another winner 🙂

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

 

 

 

As indicators of the rest of the meal to come these first 3 were having us chomping at the bit and wanting more!!

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

 

 

We also wanted to order some special items and the Charcoal Grilled Yellowtail with Oroshi (grated radish) and Ponzu Sauce sounded like just the thing!  Tender, light and melt-in-your-mouth fish with that light and refreshing touch with the ponzu and oroshi!

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

The special of the day was also an Octopus Carpaccio with Spicy Sauce, which was actually kind of like a Korean Gochujang sauce.  The sweet Korean chili paste goes GREAT with fresh octopus and really highlights the natural sweetness and meatiness you get from octopus.

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

Back onto beef, we had the Oropon Beef, which was again AAA grade beef, this one topped with the grated daikon and ponzu.  Great for flavor and cutting the richness to add an underlying layer of sweetness and acidity and brightness.

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side dishes?  Yes, why not go for a trio of them!  Gomae, Chilled Tofu and some Pickled Veg!

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

 

 

 

I told Richard he MUST try some tongue so I also went ahead and ordered the Negi Tongue.  Now, when you go to Asian supermarkets and see these gigantic frozen cow tongues studded with tastebuds you just kinda wanna keep walking…and walking…and walking.. until you are far far away!  But when done well they are actually super tender and yummy!  Japanese izakaya places seem to get it consistently right and I always like to order a portion!  This one with the almost caramelized onion sauce was no exception and even had Richard lapping it up!

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

Who doesn’t love duck?  Fatty, rich, and full of amazing flavor!  We definitely had to order the Duck Breast with Yuzu Citrus Chili Sauce.  Rendered down just right with the signature duck texture and unctuousness.  Just gorgeous 😀

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

 

 

Mmmmm~~ P-Toro!  Just pure, simple crunchy, juicy pork served up with a slice of lemon.  So simple, but nothing comforts your palate like delicious pork belly!  Drool worthy, for sure 😀

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

 

And yes, I had to do it… Takoyaki!!  Delicious fried balls of light Japanese batter filled with bits of octopus and topped off with light and salty bonito flakes and that yummy yummy sauce!  I can’t help myself, I love this especially when it’s hot & fresh!

zakkushi on denamn

zakkushi on denamn

 

 

How happy were we with this meal?  So much that we were both on the verge of major food coma and delirious from the many many foodgasms!

Mmmmm~~~ Such yum and much happiness!!

 

The Fish Shack

October 30, 2013

December 27th, 2012. The Fish Shack 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

  A little holiday indulgence?  We definitely felt that it was well deserved on all our parts to do at least one dinner out downtown 🙂  Henry, Eunice and I all have birthdays in January, so this was kind of our pre-birthday siblings dinner out!

the fish shack

the fish shack

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a bit of “research” I suggested we do The Fish Shack on the Granville Entertainment District, a newer place where Sanafir used to be.  Eunice loves oysters, I craved crawfish, and Henry will eat just about anything… Perfect!  Howard and Chris were more than welcome to join us since the more the merrier is generally our philosophy 🙂

 

 

 

 

It’s not the largest space, but the high ceilings give it the illusion of being spacious.  I thought the crate detailing along the height of the walls was clever and compared to other Glowbal restaurants gave the place a more friendly and approachable atmosphere.

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

Even our waiter was much friendlier than the usual Global service we come to expect!  Right off the bat our waiter was inviting, warm and made us feel right at home as if he was our friend!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ermrrrrggggdddd!!  What to order??  Everything looks so good!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris and Howard start off with a glass of house white and red, which come in humble glass tumblers.  Again, just as if you’re at home ;D

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eunice goes a bit fancier with The Fish Shack’s Very Own Caesar Cocktail; Pinnacle Vodka and their very own ceasar mix of tomato and clamato juice, horseradish, tabasco sauce, worcestershire sauce, fresh lime juice, salt & pepper, dijon mustard, prawn and a pepperoni stick. (Photo is sans pepperoni as Eunice was already nibbling on it!)

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Eunice also couldn’t resist ordering some oysters on a half shell.  I tried one, and they were fresh and succulent!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howard said he wasn’t very hungry and decided on thre New Englad Clam Chowder.  Joke was on him because this cream based chowder was very rich and filling!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

Chris opted for the Fish Taco, which consists of flour tortilla tacos with homemade guacamole and roasted corn and tomato salsa.  Al fresca at it’s finest!

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

Everyone else may not have been sure what to order, but I was there specifically for the Fisherman’s Catch!  At $20 per person for 2 people it was a net of dungeness crab, mussels, snow crab, prawns, calamari, crayfish, potatoes, corn and chorizo!  How can I not love that?

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Henry and I had pretty much decided to go in on this one together.  With a wooden slab as our “plate” and provided with all the instruments necessary for the meal to come this promised to be super awesome! 

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

The catch came in a net with a with the gorgeous broth just dripping into the bowl 🙂  Our waiter cut the net to release the beautiful seafood items, tossed them in the bowl and, VOILA, perfection!

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

Super well seasoned, moist and dripping with umami, I was transported into food heaven!  First of all, I LOVE crayfish and haven’t had any since my trip to New Orleans.  I LOVE crab and was NOT afraid of getting messy with it 😉  The chorizo added great savory notes, the potato was the perfect starch accompaniment and I must confess, I welcomed the numerous refills of the liquid butter for dipping.  I was happy, happy happy!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Chris also ordered the Creamy Horseradish Coleslaw to balance all the richness and seafood-ness.  We all agreed that we would have preferred more of that horseradish-signature spicy zing.

 

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mmmmmm~ Crispy Smelt & Fries with tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon!  Salty, crispy, yummy!  Excellent finger food 😀

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a sucker for good bread, and these buns that came on the wooden board were beyond!  light, slightly charred crusty outside that had a slight give and warm, webby dense inside: this bun was gorgeous for sopping up the delicious juices as well as just tearing into on it’s own. I attacked the bread so vigorously that the waiter had to bring us more!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Long after everyone else had thrown in the towel I was still going strong.  Chomping away, bread in one hand, crab cracker in the other hand.  I think Chris and Howard were pretty surprised to see me not even slowing down.  Even as the waiter was clearing off plates there I was guarding my food with one eye and and watching him suspiciously with the other!  Only the promise of dessert was enough to persuade me to pack up the rest!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

Upon arriving at the restaurant I checked in via Yelp and lo and behold a coupon for a free dessert flashed before my very eyes!  Before we ordered dinner I showed our waiter the coupon and he said he’d be sure to bring one out to us.  Sticky Toffee Pudding with Chantilly Cream?  HECK YES!!!   Sticky. goopy, sweet and not shy on the sauce, it was all I wanted in a dessert that night!  Oooooooohhhhh, YEAH!!!

the fish shack

the fish shack

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday to us~~! (And food coma for me…..!!)

Earls (Downtown Vancouver)

February 19, 2013

May 6th, 2012. Steak for Lunch at Earls Downtown

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

 

 

 

 

Despite being a gloriously sunny day the one downer was that my new friend Robert was flying back home to California today 😥  His contract work here done it was time to pack up and go.  Since I volunteered to drive him to the airport he offered to buy me lunch!

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time was kind of of the essence, so we just walked down from his downtown apartment on Nelson to the nearby Earls to catch a bite.  I wasn’t sure what to order…but Robert insisted we go for steaks…so, what the heck, let’s do it!!  He had some house red to pair while I settled for water with a slice of lime.

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

 

I went for my usual staple, the Steak Frites.  It’s a great measure of a restaurant’s standards to go for something as simple as a chunk of beef and plain fries.  This one was a great one!  Super tender beef seasoned very well, cooked great and with just the right amount of resting time to allow for the right amount of juice to come out of the steak.  The fries were also clean, not greasy and seasoned well.  Lots of times it’s the simple dishes that really shine.

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

earls downtown vancouver (hornby)

Robert went a bolder route and had the Bourbon Mushroom 7 oz Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin (crimini and button mushrooms, bourbon demi glace, Yukon Gold garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables).  The plate was vibrant with color!  The sauce was bold and rich, the mushroom added a lot of flavor and the steak was cooked well.  Everything looked great and he cleaned the plate good 😉

Guilt & Co. (Gastown)

February 17, 2013

April 21st, 2012. Gastown: Guilt & Co.

guilt & co. (gastown)

guilt & co. (gastown)

 

 

 

Last night was so fun, everyone was so delighted to be hanging out and Brent was such a big hit that we thought we’d extend the fun right on to the next evening and add on some more friends for an even bigger party!

guilt & co. (gastown)

guilt & co. (gastown)

 

 

 

 

Great excuse to check out Guilt & Co., a little underground bar where you can play board games, sip on some great cocktails and party to the sounds of some funky local bands or take in some unique and sexy shows 😉

guilt & co. (gastown)

guilt & co. (gastown)

 

I wonder if Guilt is owned by the same people as Chill Winston upstairs because the cocktails have the same sort of tongue-in-cheek names and descriptions 😉  I had the Forbidden Fruit: strawberry infused vodka and apricot brandy, Galliano, house made ginger syrup, lemon juice and a splash of soda.  It’s a stiff drink, but also quite decadent with all the romantic flavors.  I quite loved it!  But at nearly $10 for a cocktail it’s a good thing I’m such a light drinker…!

guilt & co. (gastown)

guilt & co. (gastown)

The bar was hopping and the band for the evening was warming up.  My friends were all coming at different odd tines, though, so there was Win and Brent hanging out at the Bar, James plopped himself down at a table with 2 random girls and started playing Jenga with them and I was going to and from the door retrieving more friends as they showed up.  Eventually our group got so big that we had to try finding a bigger venue to fit all of us in and somewhere where we could hear each other…but I want to come back here for a more chill night of games 🙂

Shibuya MGM Grand (Las Vegas)

February 11, 2013

April 15th, 2012. Vegas Business Trip Day 2

 

shibuya - mgm grand

shibuya – mgm grand

 

 

 

 

I was super stoked that we had dinner booked at Shibuya at the MGM Grand!  After walking by it several times already I could see that it would be right up my alley 😉

shibuya - mgm grand

shibuya – mgm grand

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing as it’s Vegas it’s no surprise that they have an open seafood bar where you can watch you sushi being assembled right before your very eyes!

shibuya - mgm grand

shibuya – mgm grand

 

 

 

 

 

The decor was modern, the tableware clean, and the almost-rustic wooden table was a nice touch.  It was both great and a little bit of pressure that I got appointed to work out the menu and do the ordering…but I was determined to put my skills to use and order us some great food!  The waiter suggested we do a set menu type deal where they charge each customer a set rate and then give us a number of food choices according to our price point.  I believe we ended up going for $65 a head and then ordered a few more dishes on top of that to beef up the meal.

 

shibuya - mgm grand

shibuya – mgm grand

 

 

Tuna Sashimi with Sweet Soy Reduction Sauce with Greens, Parmesan Shavings and Crispy Rice Balls.  Thin sheets of raw tuna supported by the sweet reduction, pungent cheese and how can you not love the crispy crunch of little rice balls?  Loved this dish!

shibuya - mgm grand

shibuya – mgm grand

 

 

 

Next we were brought a plate of Uni and Yellowfin Nigiri and the Dragon Roll, which consisted of rock shrimp with spicy aioli.  The uni was fresh with that slight seafood sweetness, the tuna had good elasticity while still being tender and the rolls were flavorful!

 

 

shibuya - mgm grand

shibuya – mgm grand

We definitely needed some meat, so we also got an order of the Angus Beef with Mushrooms and Truffle Ponzu for dipping.  Super tender beef, earthy yet light mushrooms, and that ponzu sauce…..ahhhh~(the lighting was dark and I didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures of the food…hence the shakiness of some of the pics)

shibuya - mgm grand

shibuya – mgm grand

 

 

 

This delicious dish?  The Seared Albacore Tuna with Crispy Red Onions topped with a little Red Jalapeno and Edible Flowers and a Kimchi Ponzu Sauce.  I loved the slightly spicy kick from the pepper and sauce and the crispy onions were a nice texture contrast.

 

shibuya - mgm grand

shibuya – mgm grand

 

The Sashimi Salad had beautiful salmon on organic greens topped with pickled shoestring radish and nori and again the crispy rice balls dressed in a Sesame Miso Vinaigrette.  Nice and light with a plethora of flavors.  The vibrantly colored baby tomatos lent brightness and pop to the dish as well.

shibuya - mgm grand

shibuya – mgm grand

 

 

 

 

The Assorted Tempura consisted of a variety of organic vegetables and rock shrimp served with that deliciously sweet and subtle tempura sauce!  Deliciously crispy and perfectly yum!

 

 

 

The men in our group were perplexed that this high end sushi place served dainty-looking small plates of food one plate at a time…..they are more used to generous portions and a heavy table.  But Ms. Vivian and I were perfectly happy cats at all the delicate flavors, foods and presentation.  All the pretty food made us feel special!

Nagano Sushi (Coquitlam)

January 26, 2013

April 9th, 2012.  Nagano Sushi

 

nagano sushi

nagano sushi

 

 

 

 

Another meal at Nagano Sushi?  Sure, why not   Decent quality, interesting rolls, almost always delicious.

nagano sushi

nagano sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upon seeing the sushi on the bar I thought today I’d order some nigiri.

 

nagano sushi

nagano sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  2 Tuna, 1 Amaebi, 1 Ebi and 1 Tamago.  Nothing crazy, mostly safe stuff.  Mmmm…Amaebi…so good!

nagano sushi

nagano sushi

 

 

 

I got the Moody Fever Roll which is a prawn tempura roll with smoked seared tuna on top of smoked salmon.  Some of my favorite stuff!!  It’s a substantial roll, I tell ya.  Anyways, a pretty awesome roll.  The prawn tempura had good crunch, they were not stingy with the smoked salmon and the seared tuna and the sauce gave a great flavor profile to the whole thing.  Yum!!

nagano sushi

nagano sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

One more maki?  Alien Maki!  Chicken, crab and smelt roe roll inside another roll.  It’s quite a mouthful!  Thoughts?  It’s not the best, but it’s alright.  It kinda feels like a dynamite roll.  Again…it’s a mouthful!

 

 

 

 

One thing I will mention is that I remember it being better…and the prices are definitely climbing…..not sure if the price change is being refelcted in quality, service and inventiveness of the menu/restaurant, though.

March 9th, 2012. Gallagher’s Coffee Bar & Cafe

gallagher's coffee bar & cafe

gallagher’s coffee bar & cafe

 

 

 

 

Lattes and Lemon Squares at Gallaghers on a rainy day is a great break from work!

gallagher's coffee bar & cafe

gallagher’s coffee bar & cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really liked how bright the lemon squares tasted.  Lovely all-round.