Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

OOTOYA - #Japanesefood

I've walked so much today through snow puddles and slush only to find out the restaurant I was aiming for was closed. 

Thank God that Ootoya was open!  I have been here before and really liked it.

I think they serve really authentic Japanese food and they serve it really fresh.  Even though their sushi dishes are basic and familiar pieces,  they are fresh.

Tonight, I went for the original Ootoya Pork belly set.  I liked the grilled pork. I think it was grilled.  It was tender and juicy and sliced to pieces ready for you to eat it with chopsticks.  For those who don't know how to use chopsticks, they can give you a fork.  But you really won't need a knife.

It came with watercress salad, mashed potato, pickles on the side, bowl of rice and tofu custard in the small covered bowl.
Above is an appetizer which I ate as my dessert.  This is blue fin tuna with Uni on top of grated yam - which has the consistency of nato.
Above is a side dish of spinach with some mini mushroom and shredded bonito flakes. A little bit on the salt side, I thought.  But I wanted more vegetables.

They serve various items from grilled fish, sushi and sashimi, soba, ramen, chicken, beef and pork.

It is a very reasonably priced restaurant serving authentic dishes like as if you went to Japan.

#OOTOYA 
8 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011


Thursday, January 7, 2016

USHIWAKAMARU

They're back! Now it's in Chelsea area.

I lucked out because the restaurant had just opened and people were still at work.  I happen to be alone on my way to rate a movie in the area.  There was another person waiting outside.

Slightly pricier than before but the place looks bigger and nicer. 

I ordered the sushi and sashimi combination prix-fixed set.  As usual, they still serve really fresh seafood just like I ate in Japan.
The new place where they prepare the sashimi a and sushi.
Table settings
My sashimi plate as part 1 of my dinner
My sushi plate as second course.  I think this pairing of sashimi and sushi is a fairly good deal counting the pieces and what it would have been if you ate it alacarte.  Plus don't forget the quality.  That comes first in rating sushi!

#Ushiwakamaru
362 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

USHIWAKAMARU

They're back! Now it's in Chelsea area.

I lucked out because the restaurant had just opened and people were still at work.  I happen to be alone on my way to rate a movie in the area.  There was another person waiting outside.

Slightly pricier than before but the place looks bigger and nicer. 

I ordered the sushi and sashimi combination prix-fixed set.  As usual, they still serve really fresh seafood just like I ate in Japan.
The new place where they prepare the sashimi a and sushi.
Table settings
My sashimi plate as part 1 of my dinner
My sushi plate as second course.  I think this pairing of sashimi and sushi is a fairly good deal counting the pieces and what it would have been if you ate it alacarte.  Plus don't forget the quality.  That comes first in rating sushi!

#Ushiwakamaru
362 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Caudalie Premier Cru The global anti-ageing Cream


This product uses grapes. And it's a good product! A twist from discussing food to eat.  Because it's from grapes, I thought I'd feature it - nourishing our skin!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

#DOMODOMO - Japanese Restaurant

I was dubious about this restaurant at first. I have it a chance because of the review.  Amazing is an over used word - it's beginning to annoy me.  Therefore, I will simply say outstanding!

The yuzu foam on my oyster lent a perfect mild citrus touch to my oysters that I saved some for the other 4 on my plate.

My salad with shrimp was alright but I think next time, I would rather have the cucumber salad our friend had.

The chawanmushi said my friends was excellent.

Uni pasta - this is so far a better version I have had.  Maybe because I like the soupy sauce with cheese taste but it was very light.  It really did not need the uni.  However, it complimented each other since uni tends to be milky in taste when I eat it.  It is served with a little black caviar on top - not the cheap kind. 

They had Hojicha pudding which is like a green tea cream in a cup (little amount) with some gel on top - maybe just to sweeten a bit as you spoon the dessert garnished with some seeds on top.  Not too sweet.

Oyster sampler below had yuzu foam in the biggest oyster. It was so good I asked for more foam and she gave us more for my other oysters.
Black ink pasta with cheese sauce (you only taste a hint of it in the beginning and then it goes away) with black caviar on top of the uni.
Megu Toro Hand Roll - the toro inside is chopped and not very generous.
Deasert: Hojicha Pudding.  It is macha tea base with some gelee on top so it sweetens the matcha mixture below which is like a panacotta.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BUGS (no bugs)

This is a small restaurant which seats probably no more than 20 at a time.  I sat by the bar counter where 2 lady chefs behind the counter that prepare the food.  One makes most of the sushi-based food and the other the cooked and sautéed dishes.

My kale salad with mushroom was so delicious with butter slightly browned flavor coming through. (I think that is butter is taste).
I got tempted to order the fried chicken pieces coated with a spicy sweet sauce and something I dip in creamy sauce. (Answer to buffalo wings). The chicken pieces are tender and crisp outside.
I had to try the Risotto with soft shell shrimp, scallops, uni and oyster.  This was a big dinner. It came with thin slices of pickled cucumber.

BUGS

Bugs Restaurant - New York, NY | OpenTable

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 Rating: 4.4 - 32 reviews - Price range: $30 and under