May 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
Yesterday a few friends and I went to explore Mystic, CT, a historic seaport about an hour away from New Haven. After a day of walking and shopping, we wanted to find a nice place to sit down and eat dinner. We came across a restaurant called Go Fish right next to the quaint Olde Mystic Village, and it had good Yelp reviews.
The restaurant is enormous – it has a seating area specifically for ordering sushi and another section for other menu items. The decor is somewhat tacky, colorful, and underwater themed. The lighting in the entire place is extremely dim. The menu has a lot of variety but is focused on seafood – there was sushi, seafood and meat entrees, and small plates.
I decided to go the sushi route and ordered the miso soup and the “Go Fish Special” sushi roll, which was eel, shrimp, avocado. My friends ordered smaller portions of different entrees such as seafood pasta and lobster ravioli.
The service was fantastic. Our waiter quickly brought us a basket of warm, crusty bread, accompanied by butter and a creamy bean-type dip. After we devoured the first loaf of bread, we were quickly presented with another. My cup of miso soup arrived soon afterwards; it was your typical miso soup, but I was happy with the large pieces of seaweed!
I think we all enjoyed our entrees. The smaller portions that my friends ordered were just the right size for a nice filling meal. My sushi was presented beautifully. It was a bit hard to distinguish all the various components with the dim lighting, but the eel was very tasty. Each piece was a bit too thinly cut, making it difficult to keep it together, but that’s the only complaint with my meal.
The prices were reasonable – my sushi was $9.95 and the soup was around $4. With the great friendly and fast service, and all-around solid food, Go Fish is a fantastic find in little Mystic.
July 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
I joined a few friends on Friday night at a sushi joint in Foggy Bottom called Kaz Sushi Bistro. It is a cozy little venue, an upscale place that masquerades as a hole-in-the-wall from the outward appearance, and we had to request that they combine four little tables in order to seat our entire party. They have a pretty extensive menu of sushi as well as other items such as bento boxes. I arrived a bit later and everyone was already prepared to order, so I quickly scanned the menu – such a dilemma for an indecisive foodie like myself!
I was craving eel, so I ordered the crunchy eel roll, which is six pieces of eel and pickled radish for $8. It was a bit pricier than what I’m used to paying for a simple sushi roll. When our orders arrived, I noticed immediately that the portion sizes were tiny! Each piece of sushi was less than an inch across, and it was quite a meager amount of eel – barely a tiny strip in each piece. I really enjoyed the radish though, it was perfectly crunchy and sour. I just wish there was a greater amount of food – most people were finished within five minutes.
Since the rolls are so small, you should expect to order multiple varieties in order to have a satisfying meal. On the other hand, this might mean dropping more than twenty bucks for dinner, so be prepared for a pricey occasion. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and the attentive yet non-visible waitstaff. This would be a good place for a date or otherwise intimate meeting.
June 15, 2012 § 1 Comment
Last night I tried out a sushi place called Cafe Asia with a friend. The food was good but what stood out the most was the interesting atmosphere, and I’m still not sure what to think of it. I’m pretty sure the place turns into a nightclub after nine. The venue tries to be trendy and tries to be many things at once while still appearing very bare bones. There are two floors, with the dining area on the second and a bar/art space on the first. There was also a space for a DJ.
The dining area is a no frills, sparse place. We ordered our sushi off a paper menu where you check off your selections. We got four rolls – I believe they were the california roll, a shrimp tempura roll, a dynamite roll, and one other that I can’t recall. The sushi came pretty quickly, within about ten minutes, accompanied by the standard pickled ginger and wasabi paste.
I thought the sushi was pretty tasty, though I’m no expert. The ingredients seemed fresh, and there was a nice chew thanks to the nori and sesame seeds embedded in the rice, though there could have been more filling in each roll. I also wish there had been a choice of brown rice.
The service was sadly basically nonexistent, and at the end of dinner it felt like they were trying to rush us out (no doubt to get the room ready for the clubbing scene at night). Interestingly enough there were also some ladies setting up a jewelry display. I was thoroughly confused.
Bottom line – sushi is standard, but don’t come for the ambiance, unless you are looking for a quirky scene.
May 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
Sushi on Chapel is a popular place for students. I went there near the end of the semester to grab dinner with a couple of friends. It was a Monday night a little past 6pm, and the restaurant was only about 1/3 full. The place is located down some stairs, in the basement, so the lighting is rather dim. We were in a hurry and the waitstaff assured us that we could be out of there in an hour.
Prices were fairly reasonable for a sushi place. I started with the miso soup which was $2. It arrived almost immediately. The broth was fragrant and light, not too salty, with tiny chunks of tofu. It was a satisfying appetizer.
Next I ordered off the vegetarian roll section of the menu. The avocado and pickled Japanese radish roll sounded intriguing. Sushi on Chapel uses this special purple rice in all of their rolls. It is really nutty and chewy, very similar to brown rice. It added a nice contrasting texture to the creamy avocado and crunchy pickled radish. I really enjoyed each piece – the avocado was especially outstanding, perfectly ripe, rich, and smooth. This roll was $5.50. The pickled ginger on the side was standard.
Overall, I enjoyed my visit here. The service was quick and polite, and didn’t seem frustrated by the fact that we three college students needed to split the check. Additionally, there is a 10% off discount with a student ID. I definitely want to return next school year and try some of their other rolls.