Posts Tagged ‘negitoro’
I pass this restaurant nearly every Saturday since it’s en route from my bus stop to the gym that I go to. After class I’m usually in a hurry to get somewhere or do something or blah blah blah that I end up eating a granola bar instead of having a real meal. This time I stopped to smell the sushi and had a lazy, late Saturday afternoon lunch.
I was halfway through the meal before I realized that this place is a chain and I’ve been to the same restaurant’s Esplanade location. This time around I opted to change up my usual unagi-negitoro-spicy tuna trifecta that is my go-to sushi meal.
May I present to you… tuna and cucumber with chicken floss.
I pass by this place nearly everyday and always eye the poster size pictures of steaming ramen they have plastered outside. They also have one of those glass cases of shellacked food that Japanese restaurants love so much. After a little pondering, we decided to try it out and make it a ramen night.
Sorry for the bad lighting. I started with the negitoro handroll (toss up between this and unagi but that’s not really news). Nothing to write home about but not bad either. The only part that turned me off a bit were the fingerprints on the little cone holder thing. I hope they wash these suckers before using them. Overall, it hit the spot since I haven’t sushi in about a month which in California terms is pretty scandalous.
There are two well known ramen houses in downtown MV – Ryowa and Maruichi. I’ve had both but prefer Maruichi. I tried Ryowa once but didn’t like it.
Maruichi’s noodles are great, flavorful and just slightly chewy. If you go during the day you can sometimes see the chef guy pounding out the noodles in the front. This time around he was putting them through a machine. Maybe they’ve abandoned their handmade roots to embrace technology? I’m not hating though because it was still good.
This time around was a post-work dinner run to the MV location per Wu’s I’m-back-in-the-Bay parade of eats. After picking at the complimentary kimchi (which was super spicy!). I got the special Kuro ramen that is flavored with burnt garlic. Sounds weird, tastes delicious.