Sushi lovers plate – Asian Gourmet & Sushi Bar

Sushi lovers plate Asian Gourmet & Sushi Bar

3 maguro (tuna), 3 sake (salmon), 3 hamachi (yellowtail), 3 unagi (eel), 3 hirame (halibut – we substituted this for the California roll). Served with miso soup. $33 + $3 substitution charge
Asian Gourmet & Sushi Bar, Gahanna OH

This looks really pretty on the plate, but this wasn’t all that great in terms of fresh sushi. The fish was of OK quality and the pieces were super cold (recently defrosted? ew). I’m just glad that they didn’t taste fishy and old. I’m still hoping that I can get good sushi in Ohio! The service was friendly though. This restuarant was SO weird though because it had food from all different Asian countries. It’s like the corner shops in San Francisco that have burgers, Chinese food, and donuts! Can you really trust that they can make any of it authentically or decently?

Miso soup Asian Gourmet & Sushi Bar

Miso soup.

Warm sake Asian Gourmet & Sushi Bar

Warm sake. $12

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Random grocery store dinner – Safeway

Sometimes I’m so tired from a full day of work followed by a gym workout, that I really don’t want to cook or even go to a restaurant for food. That’s when I swing by Safeway on my way home and grab some cheap and “somewhat” tasty food items. It’s not the best, but it hits the spot and doesn’t break the bank!
Safeway, San Francisco

Rock 'n roll sushi Safeway

Rock ‘n roll sushi. The sushi at Safeway isn’t of very good quality, but it’s passable. Just douse it in more soy sauce and it’ll go down fairly easily, lol!

Maguro nigiri Safeway

Maguro nigiri

Unagi nigiri Safeway

Unagi nigiri

Sake nigiri Safeway

Sake nigiri

Mixed olives Safeway

Mixed olives. You can’t go wrong with marinated olives!

Assorted sushi – Tenka Japanese Restaurant

This place is awesome for happy hour! The prices are great and the sushi doesn’t suck. You always have to be a little weary of super cheap sushi, but this place serves above decent sushi at rock bottom prices. That’s awesome in my book!  You can get a nice large meal for only a few bucks. Of the sushi below, the scallop nigiri was my favorite!
Tenka Japanese Restaurant, San Mateo

Hotatagai nigiri Tenka Japanese Restaurant

Hotatagai nigiri (scallop). $1.25 happy hour

Unagi nigiri Tenka Japanese Restaurant

Unagi nigiri (fresh water eel). $1.25 happy hour

Hamachi nigiri Tenka Japanese Restaurant

Hamachi nigiri (yellow tail). $1.25 happy hour

My worst dining experience in Palm Springs!

Happy Sushi Ro Ba Ta, Palm Springs

FAIL!!!  This has possibly been my worst dining experience to date, no joke! We arrived a little after 5 on a Saturday and there were 3 tables taken outside and a few people at the sushi bar. Regardless, after getting our drinks and the extremely sad Dynamite Bites, it still took 45 minutes to finally get our sushi! Way too long!

Some food highlights:

Dynamite bites

The Dynamite Bites ($5) are billed as crabmeat baked with dynamite sauce. Sounds delicious, right? Wrong! In actuality, this abomination is a pile of imitation crabmeat on a scrap of aluminum foil with an indistinguishable sauce on top. They do provide some lemon wedges with it, no doubt to kill any lingering bacteria on this laughable heap!

Spicy tuna roll

The spicy tuna roll ($6 happy hour) is huge! Awesome, right? Wrong! No one wants to eat more of a crappy roll. There was enough rice on this thing to feed a small Japanese prefecture! And the tuna wasn’t spicy at all, but it was mutilated to the consistency of Whiskas cat food.

And how about some avian bird flu with your sushi?!!! The outside tables are conveniently situated under an eave where a menagerie of feathery locals hang out to take their dumps. Once we heard the rain of bird poop showering the hibiscus plant beside our table, and saw well-aimed poo bombs land on our table and splatter onto our food and my arm, we called it quits!

And no, our food was NOT comped! I wanna barf just recalling that catastrophic experience.

Note: Although they overtly display a happy hour checklist menu at the front, they sneakily hand you a normal checklist when you’re seated. So be sure to request a happy hour list.

Or save yourself some time and bird flu vaccination costs and don’t go there at all!

Other forgettable dishes:

Samurai Rock

Samurai Rock sake cocktail. $5

Albacore nigiri

Albacore nigiri.  Surprise, it comes seared!  No doubt to kill anything on the outside of this not-so-fresh cut of fishy fish.  $3.95 happy hour

Mackerel nigiri

Mackerel nigiri.  I’ll admit that this wasn’t bad.  $3.75 happy hour

Eel and avocado roll

Eel and avocado roll.  Tasted ok until it was splattered with bird poo!  $8 happy hour

Edamame

Edamame. $3

Asahi beer

Asahi beer. $4.50

Rock ‘n Roll – Crazy Sushi

Rock n roll Crazy Sushi

Sushi roll with bbq eel, avocado, and topped with tobiko and unagi sauce.
Crazy Sushi, San Francisco

Like most people, when I first started eating sushi I tended to stick with the rolls containing cooked items like rock ‘n rolls and California rolls because they were easier to stomach than the crazy, raw nigiri or sashimi (it doesn’t even have rice!).  And I continue to say, “There’s nothing wrong with that.”  I still enjoy ordering rock ‘n rolls because I simply love unagi!  I also order unagi nigiri because bbq eel is delicious and the unagi sauce is an added bonus.  I’ve since become more adventurous in sushi land – ordering more and more raw items, but I still take comfort and enjoy my inauthentic rolls.  A word of advice: Nobody likes a sushi snob!

Rock n roll Crazy Sushi