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Sushi oh Sushi..lovely sushi (Sushi Night)

Published September 14, 2010 by Mary Jane

Anyways, as most of you know that I’m into Japanese food especially sushi – I don’t really like sashimi as it’s raw..most of the raw stuff I don’t like. But I love sushi and can eat it everyday. So one particular weekend, I decided to head to my brother in law’s place and make sushi with my sister in law, she’s never made sushi before so it’s great we get to have fun in the kitchen making sushi 🙂

I’ve set myself some goals, we will make 3 types of sushi – normal sushi maki roll, temaki which is a hand roll sushi – cone shaped ones and nigiri which is an oval shaped sushi rice with filling on top you get them quite common from sushi train. To add variety I decided to try out a rainbow sushi which is inverted with the rice on the outside and sushi skin on the inside and sashimi with avocado on top. So here it is..

Ingredients

Ingredients

It is definitely time consuming in preparing the ingredients for the sushi filling. So that’s why we don’t make sushi often, only when we are craving for it. The time you take to cut and slice and cook the ingredients you’ll probably be pretty hungry. Then assembling it as well…

Rainbow sushi

Rainbow sushi

The rainbow inverted sushi is very hard to make, especially slicing it. The avocados were really slippery and also it would have looked nicer if I also had a red tuna on it to make it even prettier, but pretty happy with my results. My first time making rainbow inverted sushi.

Nigiri sushi

Nigiri sushi

I bought a nice piece of fresh salmon from my favourite place – Victoria Market. I love it…it was so fresh, no fishy smell and it aint slimy and usually I would avoid raw fish like anything. But when I dipped this with my soya sauce and horse radish. It was delicious! I think I ate lots of nigiri sushi that night, beat my sashimi record!!

Temaki

Temaki

The Temaki hand cone sushi roll was harder than it looks, you are suppose to have a crispy cone, but mine turned out to be soggy..I wonder if it’s too much rice or too much su – vinegar water. Anyways, it was well worth the try.

Overall, we had a great sushi night – it was tasty and we served it with miso tofu soup 🙂

Sushi with miso soup

Sushi with miso soup

But we were all sushi out afterwards..so full with so much sushi rice left…next time we will balance it out with some deep fried tempura 🙂

Restaurant Review – Yuki Japanese Restaurant (Perth)

Published August 11, 2010 by Mary Jane

When it comes to Japanese food, I’m in love…I absolutely love Japanese food and can’t get enough of it. So for our farewell dinner with our friends, my mate organised to have the farewell at Yuki Japanese Restaurant. I’ve been there a few times, and each time I was pretty happy with the food. The service is ok, not exceptional and the food waiting time is quite good.

The place is quite small and cozy situated at this area where there’s a selection of other restaurants – there’s Chinese, Singaporean/Malaysian hawker style shops around there. So we decided to order some takoyaki dishes to share amongst us. I love takoyaki they are so tasty and goes really well with the mayonnaise and the brown sauce which I have no idea what they are called.

takoyaki

takoyaki

Now for mains you could either go for the bowl set or bento set, the majority went for the bento set. Me ofcourse, I went for the bento set – you get a variety of everything – salads, sushi, the mains, rice. Now they have options of bento A, B, and C and basically – from my fish memory bento A will have the base set – salads, sushi, mains, rice and for bento B – you get an additional choice between gyoza – Japanese dumpling or spring rolls and for bento C you get an additional deep fried tempura 🙂 but to be honest bento A is sufficient to fill you right up 🙂 Here are some of the bento boxes and bowl set dishes we went for…

sizzling beef set comes with a bowl of rice

sizzling beef set comes with a bowl of rice

Katsu bento set

Katsu bento set

Teriyaki fish bento set

Teriyaki fish bento set

Look, the serving size was generous and it was tasty and fulfilling – not the best Japanese I’ve had but it’s good enough for a Perth standard 🙂 here are my ratings:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience:4 star
Would I recommend it? Yes

The Bonsai Cafe & Lounge (Perth)

Published August 6, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening bloggy friends, wow I’ve had a really tiring day – didn’t sleep too well last night, it’s funny since I’ve moved to Melbourne I’ve been having these crazy dreams and I will wake up and realised phew..it’s just a dream. Anyways, it was sort of a frustrating day today, Pandabear had to wake up around 3am to fetch his brother’s family to the airport which woke me up and then it took me awhile to go back to bed. Then we decided today we will go and collect our apartment keys from our leasing agents and was then told that if we want to connect our electricity/power today it will cost $215 – after hour charge similar to on the day connection charge, however if we are willing to wait till Monday the cost will be $35.

Seriously, I could live without electricity of the night – but Pandabear was whinging saying how could I brush my teeth, boil water or do anything in the dark!!! In the end we forked out the $215 and viola our electricity/power was connected, we then went through and did our condition report and thankfully, our pack and send company called to advised our other luggage has arrived! Yay, my cook books are in there.

Anyways, this particular restaurant is situated in Northbridge – it hasn’t been opened for a long time and since the owner is Taiwanese, I’m always supporting a Taiwanese brethren – so we decided to try it out for our family farewell dinner. There were 8 of us plus two of my nieces. The place is quite dark and got that rusty look with the brick walls. We went there on a sunday night and it seemed rather busy. The menu consisted quite alot of small dishes to share kinda like tapas-style dishes. We thought, well we’ll just have a few different dishes to share that way we get to try different things.

Salmon Sushi

Salmon Sushi

The food took a little while to come, and by the time the salmon sushi arrived – we were all like eagles digging in, but since there were only 6, two people were left out.

Asparagus wrapped by beef

Asparagus wrapped by beef

The asparagus wrapped by beef is quite tasty and unusual with the crunchy texture of the asparagus and the tender beef. However, it wasn’t enough to feed all of us…

teriyaki chicken sushi

teriyaki chicken sushi

pork belly with salsa

pork belly with salsa

The pork and salsa was just alittle weird for our liking, I reckon the salsa didn’t go quite well with the bland taste pork belly.

prawn sushi

prawn sushi

takoyaki

takoyaki

The takoyaki were delicious! Out of all the dishes, this one is the best.

duck breast

duck breast

The duck breast was another disappointment for me, it’s well cooked however it didn’t have much flavour in them. Overall, the sushis were really well-done and I love the presentation of all the tapas dishes, however we were still all very hungry so decided it’s time to order ourselves the main course. We waited for our main course to come, and finally my main course of pork chop and rice came – my goodness only mine came and the kids were really hungry so I gave some of my pork chops to my nieces.

pork chop & rice

pork chop & rice

I was already half way through my mains, and none of the other mains have arrived. This is not acceptable as by the time people receive their mains I would have finished mine!!!

tooth fish

tooth fish

The tooth fish were quite nicely done, tender and tasty.

Steak

Steak

Overall, the mains were really nicely presented and they tasted quite nice – but the food waiting time was a little too long – the kids were getting restless and keeps saying I’m hungry!! All the mains didn’t come one after another there was a gap and our friend Katherine’s main came last poor here staring at everyone eating their mains.

Now, amazingly after all those food we still had room for dessert and the desserts were displayed inside a glass case and you also had a LCD monitor displaying other desserts. So we asked whether we could order one from the TV display and were told that they only have limited desserts ones that are displayed inside the glass case – that was a little disappointing.

Mango Cheese cake

Mango Cheese cake

Green Tea Mouse Cake

Green Tea Mouse Cake

Chocolate Mouse Cake

Chocolate Mouse Cake

The desserts are to die for, the presentation were gorgeous and worth the wait. Not too sweet just nicely balanced, moist cake 🙂 It made up for the slow mains.

Overall, the staff seemed pretty friendly but lack in attention – to see whether everyone have received their mains yet. The presentation of all food were great but the food waiting time was just too long.

Anyways, here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 3.5 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it? YES

Restaurant Review – Sushi Village (Whistler, Canada)

Published June 25, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, I’m moving onto the next part of our trip that is Whistler in Canada. We’ve booked ourselves some beginners skiing lessons and snow mobile rides. Really excited as I’ve never tried skiing or snow mobile rides before. Anyways, we went around the whole Whistler village area to check out places and deciding what to dine for dinner came across this particular restaurant in our hotel brochures – apparently it’s really popular and since it’s Japanese cuisine – it’s a bonus for me cos I love Japanese food.

We decided to try this place out on a week night, when we arrived around 7pm it was already packed and there were people standing in the queue already. So we asked the waitress how long we need to wait for our table she said around 30-45 minutes, now Pandabear and myself didn’t feel too hungry so we were happy to wait for our table. There was a bar next to the waiting area, so Pandabear ordered a strawberry mocktail drink – it was pretty tasty.

Bar Area

Bar Area

On my way to the bathroom, I notice along the corridor there’s a little sign that says Sushi Village Hall Way of Fame. It was very interesting, as there are photos and signatures of famous people including sports stars, singers, and actors/actress.

Finally, after 45 minutes later – the waitress called out our names and lead us to our table. I wasn’t feeling terribly hungry so we decided to share a plate of assorted sushi, tempura prawns and Pandabear had beef udon noodle soup and I had the plain udon noodle soup. There was a sushi bar next to our table and you could see the sushi chef making yummy sushis.

Sushi Chef

Sushi Chef

We had to wait for 10-15 minutes before we could place our order and then wait for around 30-40 minutes for our food, by that time I was getting really hungry and we asked our waitress how long our food is going to be. She went back in the kitchen and came back to let us know it’ll be ready in about 10 minutes. Finally, our food came…

Assorted Sushi

Assorted Sushi

Tempura Prawns

Tempura Prawns

Beef Udon Noodle Soup

Beef Udon Noodle Soup

Plain Udon Noodle Soup

Plain Udon Noodle Soup

When the food came out, the presentation for the assorted sushi were great – lovely colour balance and it taste pretty fresh. For the tempura prawns it was crispy and tasty, as for udon noodle soup they were just average. Well, the food overall was ok – it wasn’t spectacular or worth waiting for 45min up to an hour. Service was average as well. So here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 3.5 star
Food experience: 3.5 star
Would I recommend? Maybe (if you don’t mind waiting for your table for up to an hour)

Restaurant Review – Kang Suh Korean BBQ (New York)

Published June 15, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, Pandabear and I decided to have Korean food one of the nights and apparently we were told there’s a Korean street where the whole streets were full of Korean restaurants. Since it was close to where we were staying we decided to take a walk down the Korean street and roam around in search of a nice Korean BBQ place. It was so hard to decide which restaurant to go, they all look so good. Then we saw this Kang Suh Korean BBQ and read it’s menu and figured let’s give it a go.

It was a week night so I didn’t expect the place to be packed given there were so many restaurant along the street. However, there were a few tables and we went for the Korean Seafood & beef BBQ mix. The waiter was pretty friendly he took our drinks order and our food order. I located some sushi on the menu so I was like yay! I love sushis so I ordered a plate of 6 sushis. The waiters started bringing out little tiny entrees – Koreans love little condiments. They have kimchi, tofu, broccoli, pickled radish, kimchi chives, potato salad. I was starting to get a little full from eating all these assorted condiments. Then the sushi came followed by a plate of prawns, waygu beef, lettuce and some sauces.

Assorted Condiments

Assorted Condiments

lettuce wrap

lettuce wrap

Waygu beef pieces

Waygu beef pieces

Plates of prawns

Plates of prawns

I was really excited cos I haven’t had Korean BBQ for a long long time, and couldn’t remember how you eat them. Just when I was figuring out when to put the meats on the hot grill a lady with an apron came and started grilling our food. That was nice, I didn’t have to do anything – then she disappeared and a few minutes came back and turned the beef pieces and prawns and served it onto our plates. Wow, I didn’t have to do anything. Now it will help if she explained to us how we eat it, maybe cos she thought we were koreans and didn’t require any explanation. So I started wrapping my beef into this large leaf of lettuce along with some sauces and curl it up and pop it into my mouth. Pandabear asked is this how you eat it? Yeah, should be I’ve seen the Koreans eat them on TV series show. It was delicious, the sauce makes the beef taste flavoursome and you feel quite healthy eating the large leafy lettuce.

So we were pretty happy with our Korean BBQ and little condiments and were tummy satisfied. Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend? Yes

Restaurant Review – Sanraku Japanese Restaurant (San Francisco)

Published April 22, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hiya Bloggy Friends, well – it’s another day of battle against my viral bug. Last night I couldn’t sleep cos I have developed another symptom of a sore tummy that has either kept me awake the whole night or it may be due to over sleeping of 15+ during day time. So today, I have decided it was time to visit GP to find out what’s wrong with me. I hate visiting doctors, first of all it’s expensive and secondly they always tells me to rest and drink plenty of water along with taking some panadols!! Grrr…My GP is really hard to make an appointment with cos she’s a female GP and only works 1/2 days for only 2 days so have to book in months ahead. So today I asked Pandabear whether he knows another GP that I can visit today. Thankfully, there was one and off I went. His name was Scott – very lovely and friendly guy who was thorough in his examination gave me free samples which is a bonus to settle my disturbing stomach. He has confirmed that I have a Gastro viral infections which is a tummy bug or virus..so I’ve had to canceled this Saturday’s dinner with friends incase I pass this bug to them.:-(

So having slept another 5 hours after coming back from the GP, feeling alittle better but bored. I’m one of those who cannot just rest at home and watch TV it will drive me crazy!!! I quickly asked when can I go back to work??? He was like you better take tomorrow off incase you started getting diarrhea and vomiting. So I have tomorrow off…and then there’s the long weekend. Yay!! 🙂

So as I have mentioned before I love Japanese food and when we asked our concierge which restaurant would they recommend and they gave us a few so we choose the one that was the closest to our hotel – shortest walk due to hilly side in San Francisco. Upon arrival, it was totally packed – there were only 2 seats available at the sushi bar, which is fine with me cos I love watching sushi chef make the lovely sushi.

Now I’m a sushi lover, where is Pandabear is more into his tempura so we thought let’s try a bit of sushi and order 2 main courses from the menu. My main was a tori yaki sesame seed chicken with rice and it came with miso soup and salad. Pandabear ofcourse had his tempura which also was served with rice and came with miso soup and salad and we both shared a small plate of sushi. Now our sushi was so fresh, I’m not a raw fish person but the fish melts in your mouth and doesn’t leave this fish taste in your mouth. So we loved our sushi, presentation was fantastic. The miso soup and salad came first, they looked fresh and followed by our mains which was fantastic. My tori yaki was crispy on the outside and flavorsome and Pandabear’s tempura was fantastic, not oily but fresh.

Our fresh sushi

Our fresh sushi

Miso Soup with Salad

Miso Soup with Salad

Tori Yaki Sesame Chicken

Tori Yaki Sesame Chicken

Tempura Mix

Tempura Mix

The food waiting time was pretty good, it was packed that night and we received our meal within 10-15 minutes so not bad for a busy restaurant. When we finished our main we were tummy satisfied but there’s always a separate tummy for desserts, and we were recommended by the sushi manager named Kit – the egg pudding with green tea icecream and fresh fruits. Yummy, the presentation was fantastic and the taste was delicious I’m so glad we ordered this dessert to share.

Egg pudding with green tea icecream n fruits

Egg pudding with green tea icecream n fruits

Well, Kit is the sushi manager there he started chatting to us – he must be bored every night making those sushis and I asked him where he was from, he said Malaysia – well Pandabear’s brethren. I asked him how long he’s been working at Sanraku he said around 10 years!! I was shocked doing the same thing?? He said well, time flies and now he’s more into the management side of things. Why not run your own business I ask? He said you might not earn alot even if you own your own restaurant there’s a lot of pressure in owning a restaurant. Well, Kit if I have the money one day I shall invest in your sushi business cos you make awesome sushis he laughed I’ll be waiting for that day to come… here’s some of the fantastic sushi art I call it from Kit while he was chatting away with us he was making some awesome sushis.

Here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4.5 star
Would I recommend? YES!

Restaurant Review – Floating Sushi Boat Restaurant (San Francisco)

Published April 19, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy friends, wow I’ve just finished watching one of my favourite Masterchef show. As usual, it was fantastic and after watching it made me feel like I should have answered that overseas miscall while I was in Taiwan and it had a blocked number which I couldn’t call back and it was around the time they were contacting contestants. Oh well, it’s not meant to be maybe it’s not even a call from them. Now, I have something bad to share – I’m down with a sore throat again – it’s now becoming like a regular routine. I’m hoping it will go away cos this Saturday night I have invited 3 friends over for dinner and I’m cooking for them.Okies, so back to my favourite topic of restaurant review to drown my sorrowful sore throat. As most of you all know I love Japanese food and it seems bizarre to my friends that every single one of my holiday trips, I would always have a photo of some Japanese restaurant.

So, as we were walking along the China Town area looking around for souvenirs we located this interesting restaurant by the name of Floating Sushi Boat Restaurant I mean how cool is that is there really floating sushis inside? So my curiosity got the best out of me and I shouted to Pandabear we are dining this restaurant. I took a little peak it was 11.45am and the opening time says 12pm but I could see someone inside the restaurant already so I opened the door and lo and behold there was a sushi chef standing there making fresh sushi and putting them onto a boat!! Cool and I asked are you guys opening soon? He answered politely in broken English yes around 10-15 minutes. So that gave us some time to buy some nick knacks – I know you may think 10-15 minutes what can you buy? Trust me I’m an expert in speed shopping I can go into a shop within 10 minutes and grab what I want.

99c cheap sushi plate sign

99c cheap sushi plate sign

The restaurant decor

The restaurant decor

So it was time to head back to the restaurant. When we arrived an Asian lady sat us down around a table – now it reminds me of Jaws sushi train in Perth, but instead of trains that rotates along with plates of sushi on top they have boats that pulls each other around the circle – how interesting 🙂 I was pretty entertained until Pandabear interrupted me and said which sushi would you like? The whole place seemed nice and casual decorated with bamboo and usual Japanese features and some big sign outside indicating 99c per plate of sushi. The chef was friendly gave me a smile. So as usual I went straight for the bright orange caviar california roll, had a few plates of sushi, ordered plain udon noodles cos it was freezing outside so needed something warm.

The friendly chef

The friendly chef

The Sushi Boat

The Sushi Boat

My favourite Caviar Sushi

My favourite Caviar Sushi

Plain Udon Noodles

Plain Udon Noodles

We got very thirsty and realised they sell bubble tea – was excited both Pandabear and I got our bubble tea cos I love my bubble tea it’s a Taiwanese thing. We had Lychee and Watermelon bubble tea which was a BIG MISTAKE! It tasted artificial, so sweet as if they just loaded up with powder sweetner and the bubbles were too soft and mushy – I just want to chuck the whole drink away.But me being me, never waste anything so I drank 1/2 of it. Btw the lady who sat us down seemed rather rude and impatient so I should have returned her yucky bubble tea 🙂

The artificial mushy bubble tea

The artificial mushy bubble tea

Anyways, apart from disgusting bubble tea – I took the chance of asking the chef where he’s from cos he didn’t look Japanese and he replied from China. Well, he’s definitely well-trained cos he makes sushi like Japanese sushi chef. Well, there were definitely 99c plate of sushi but they were pretty boring ones – so didn’t end up ordering any of that went straight for the expensive ones. Well, when it came to paying the bill – I was telling pandabear don’t give too much tips cos the lady’s service is shocking and her bubble tea was yucky. Anyways, she never came back to pick up our bill – we saw another lady standing at the counter so we walked there to pay for it. She was a lovely lady started chatting to us asking where we were from telling us about how China Town in San Francisco is one of the best and if you go to New York’s one you will be very disappointed thanks for the tip but we’ll check it out ourselves.

So here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 3.5 star – due to bad service from the Asian lady
Food Experience: 3.5 star – due to bad bubble tea it really ruin the rest of our meal
Would I recommend it? Yes – cos the sushi was great and relatively cheap compared to Perth, but make sure you don’t order their bubble tea we found out the hard way.