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Archive for July 26th, 2011

The Cat’s Find

Usually, The Mouse scouts for new and interesting places to eat. This time around, in an unusual twist, The Cat discovered this place.

Sign

She hasn’t been this excited about an eating place for awhile.

Last week, The Cat had a business lunch and had to find a place that was also cheap eats. Because the reviews were mixed, she didn’t want the venue to be a disaster. The day before the meeting, she  had lunch there as a test. The place met her expectations, both in acceptable food and price. For lunch, the price includes a salad bar (one trip), soup bar, and dessert bar (mini). Prices run between nine and twelve dollars.

So the next day, she had lunch there again (for the meeting). The people she met with were also pleasantly surprised.

She wanted to share the experience with me so we went for lunch over the weekend (in less than a week, The Cat frequented this one place three times).

The place used to be the location for this chain. When the chain moved out, they left the large station wagon over the bar. It looks like when the new owners took over, they did not redecorate too much, if at all.

Interior

On to the food.

Salad Bar

The Mouse's Plate of Salad

When you’re limited to one pass, you have to get creative with the food placement. It’s less about aesthetics and more about stacking balance. 😉

The Cat's Plate of Salad

The Cat is usually not this stacked, you gotta do what you gotta do. 🙂

There are about five soup selections. One the day we were there, the selections were miso with clams, tomato bisque, cream of mushroom, beef vegetable, and odenwith fishcake.

Oden with Fishcake

Tomato Bisque

Beef Vegetable

Miso with Clams

The Cat said you have to go early for the miso with clams. After the clams run out, the restaurant refills the warmer with only miso soup.

She also tried the cream of mushroom soup, too thick.

Pasta with Shrimp in Creamy Tomato Sauce

This was The Cat’s order. Along with shrimp, there were also scallops. The Cat said the shrimp and scallops were fresh. Taste-wise, nothing to write home about, but decent.

Curry with Chicken Katsu

My order. Again, nothing to write home about, but decent quantity and decent price. We’re not saying that the food was so bad, just not exciting.

For The Cat, shrimp, scallops, and clams (all fresh), equals happy cat. 🙂  =^..^= (happy cat)

The dessert selection is limited, but adequate (just a little something something).

Dessert Selection

The Cat's Desserts

If we consider price, service, quantity, quality, and value, I would say overall a decent experience. The Cat recommends to try.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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