Macarons and sushi

January 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

On Monday, Murphy, Anne and I met for sushi at Westfield favorite, Fujiyama Mama. The volcano (fried squid, cucumber, and avocado inside topped with spicy sauce and caviar), dragon roll (eel and cucumber inside topped with avocado), and crunchy spicy salmon roll (spicy salmon with tempura flakes inside) were as good as they’ve always been. And of course, because everything was half-off, paying only about $11 for all three regular-sized rolls made the sushi taste even better. Only after moving to Ithaca for law school did I realize how spoiled we are in terms of high-quality but cheap sushi.

However, nothing could really compare to dessert. Murphy had just returned from a trip to Paris and brought back French-style macarons from none other than Pierre Hermé, pastry-making extraordinaire. Flavors included were white truffle with hazelnuts (my favorite), chocolate and passionfruit, olive oil and mandarin, rose, salted caramel, peach saffron, and classic chocolate. Although they suffered a little from sitting in the box for several days, these macarons were definitely the best I’ve had in a very, very long time, with only La Maison du Chocolat’s version coming in a far-off second.

Then yesterday, Phil, Jiawen, Murphy, and I braved the still-falling snow and headed to Sushi Palace for the all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. Luckily, because of the weather, we were basically the only ones in the restaurant, so even though that meant we could hear the super-cheesy 80’s music loud and clear, the service was very quick and friendly. Considering the amount of food we ate, $23 for each of us including tax and tip was still a helluva deal.

Fujiyama Mama
341 South Ave E
Westfield, NJ 07090
908.232.6598
www.fujiyamamama.net

Sushi Palace
1089 Inman Ave
Edison, NJ 08820
908.822.8886
http://sushipalace.net/home

RW 1 – Sushi-Ko

January 18, 2010 § 1 Comment

So many people visited DC this weekend! Tiff came by Friday night, and we had an amazing meal at Sushi-Ko, Washington D.C.’s very first sushi restaurant.

It’s actually Restaurant Week here, so we were able to get the three course meals for a lot less than what the usual price would be. Jia and Tiff both chose the smoked mussels and eggplant miso soups while I had the sushi-ko crab cakes with avocado, which were meaty yet light. They also came with the usual Japanese-style and zingy horseradish sauce that I’m absolutely addicted to. They were gone in about 2 minutes. I have no restraint.

Second and third courses were great as well. Tiff had a beautifully presented dish of salmon ceviche with giant glistening beads of orange ikura, salmon roe. It came dressed in yuzu vinaigrette, the citrus giving a perfect balance to the whole dish. Her final course was a spread of yummy sushi and a spicy tuna roll. Jia had rock shrimp and asparagus tempura which I didn’t try, but she seemed to enjoy it. Jia’s final course was the beef tenderloin, and even though she opted not to get sushi, it looked absolutely delicious.

My second and third courses came together: the chef’s assortment of the day’s freshest fish as well as a crunchy spicy tuna roll with avocado and scallions. So fresh, so packed with flavor. You could really tell that everything, including the pickled ginger and wasabi, were homemade because they tasted so vibrant and powerful. I’ll definitely be returning a couple times this semester to try the chirashi and other entrees. YUM!

1/2 Off Sushi

August 21, 2008 § 1 Comment

Where I live is just your average suburb. Average + countless places for ethnic cuisine. There was even an article about Edison’s ethnic restaurants in the New York Times a while back. Iselin, also known as Little India by many (even people from out of state know this town) has a slew of different eateries particularly along Oak Tree Road. And there’s also a bunch of Korean and Chinese restaurants scattered all over Westfield, North and South Edison that keep the strong Asian population here very very VERY happy.

But, by the far the best perk of living in this area is the 1/2 off sushi. No, that was not a typo. I guess it’s because there’s so many established sushi places in Woodbridge, Westfield, and Edison, that to stay competitive, many had to adopt this plan to keep the customers coming in the door. Example: At Westfield’s Fujiyama Mama, my favorite 1/2 off sushi place, lunch is 1/2 off on certain rolls Monday through Saturday and dinner is 1/2 off on Mondays and Tuesdays. So…where three rolls would normally cost you about 20 dollars, you’re only spending 10 on those specific days. It’s a wonderful thing.

So as a going-back-to-school get-together, a bunch of close friends trekked to Westfield for lunch and ordered a bunch of rolls including: funky monkey (eel and banana), volcano (fried calamari with spicy mayo sauce and cucumber), dragon, crunchy spicy salmon (spicy salmon with tempura flakes), and others.

Maybe it was because I’d had a craving for Fujiyama all summer yet never got around to it or maybe it was the company, but that was damn good sushi, better even than the stuff I had in New York while working. I guess whatever’s most familiar sometimes tastes the best to us.

The fish is fresh and the presentation is much better than a Benihana or competitor U-Yee’s in Woodbridge plus the service is usually pretty efficient and patient. And…the thing I just found out today, you can draw on the tables using soy sauce! If you dip your chopstick in soy sauce and then write your name or initials on the table and leave it there, after a couple minutes, when you dab it off, your name is left in a bright pink! I probably shouldn’t be telling you all this, but if you get the corner table in the first room on your left, you’ll see my name! I always like to leave a mark. =)

Fujiyama Mama
341 South Avenue East
Westfield, NJ 07090
908.232.6598

U-Yee Sushi
675 US Highway 1 South near Gill Road
Woodbridge, NJ 08830
(732) 283-7888

 

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