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At least that’s how The Cat and D translated it. Last night’s dinner. Shokudo. D treated.

Sushi Pizza

Sushi Pizza

Baked sushi rice, salmon, scallops, crabmeat, and onion. Topped with jalapeno. Cut bite sized. D likes hot food, The Cat and The Mouse had to pass on  the jalapeno. The rest of it was good.

Unagi Rice

Unagi Rice

Nagoya-style unagi fillet served in a sizzling stone pot.

Homemade Tofu Salad

Homemade Tofu Salad

Homemade tofu drizzled with creamy sesame dressing, served with crispy won ton chips, nori, and mixed greens. One of The Cat’s favorite. Sorry, angle was wrong to do the dish justice.

Char-Siu Pork and Japanese Scallions

Char-Siu Pork and Japanese Scallions

Japanese-style barbecue pork, slightly torched, Japanese scallions, homemade ponzu sauce. It’s more like cha siu than char siu (braised pork belly vs. slow roasted pork), still, not bad.

"Foot Long" Chicken Katsu

“Foot Long” Chicken Katsu

Self proclaimed “biggest chicken katsu in town”. :)

Red Eye Roll

Red Eye Roll

Spicy tuna and cucumber wrapped with tuna and green onion.

I think the real reason D chose here.

Honey Toast

Honey Toast

“Specialty of the house – Thick Japanese white toast cut-out and cubed, drizzled with honey and topped with ice cream.”

"Thick"

“Thick”

Enough for all of us.

Xie xie D. Have to do this again soon. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The Cat’s been wanting to try for a while. The Cat invited an associate (since the associate’s mother was out of town).

The Place

The Place

Yelp reviews were positive, pictures looked appealing. The restaurant took over a long closed American contemporary eatery (Palomino). I guess to save costs, very little renovation was done (I think they even used the old furniture).

Two appetizers looked interesting. Crispy Tofu with Quinoa and Dungeness Crab Cake with Truffled Egg Tofu.

Apps

Apps

The crispy tofu app was not bad: hijiki seaweed, kinpira, asparagus, cucumber, tomato, sweet onion sesame vinaigrette. The crab cakes was okay, deep fried crab cake, chilled egg custard crispy ginger & onion, black truffle dashi-consomme. Yelp pictures had the dish garnished with shaved black truffles. What’s missing from our dish on the right? No truffle garnish (couldn’t fine the crispy ginger and onion either). Dish got altered between Yelp pictures and our dish … sooo very sad. :(

Things kinda went downhill from there. Don’t get me wrong, the food was pretty good, we just had higher expectations.

Entrée

Entrée

Sizzling “Gin Mutsu”: pan seared chilean seabass with warm spinach & kale ohitashi, sizzling sweet black bean sauce with yuzu vin blanc. Big (huge) plate syndrome.

Two Way Saikyo Yaki Butterfish: served in a sizzling stone bowl with asian herbs, simmered shimeji, shredded nori and dashi consomme. This dish was another Huh? We thought the butterfish would be prepared two ways. No. The dish comes with a pot of dashi. You can eat the dish dry or pour the dashi over like chazuki (just my opinion, kinda lame).

Nori “Tsukudani” Ahi Katsu: celery roots puree, grilled asparagus and shiitake served with sweet soy foie gras vinaigrette. No celery roots puree, couldn’t taste the soy foie gras vinaigrette either. Sigh.

Dessert

Dessert

Japanese cheesecake and green tea molten lava cake. Maybe our palates are unrefined, we didn’t get the concepts.

Oh well, got to catch up with D, The Cat got to try try.

Overall, kinda underwhelmed tho’. Not bad, just not very impressed from all the hype. Maybe if we didn’t see the pictures and read the reviews, we might have a better perception … but … have to experience some rain to appreciate rainbows. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Again, with The Cat’s peeps.

The Place

The Place

Sample Menu

Sample Menu

House Made Soft Tofu

House Made Soft Tofu

Assorted "Pickles"

Assorted “Pickles”

Crab Legs

Crab Legs

Japanese Style Steak and Pork Belly

Japanese Style Steak and Pork Belly

Yum! Happy Mouse

Salmon Collar

Salmon Collar

Yum! Happy Cat

Steamed Rice with Marinated Seaweed Paste

Steamed Rice with Marinated Seaweed Paste

Sashimi!

Sashimi!

Mine! Mine! Mine! Where’s yours? Hee hee.

Black Sesame Seed Ice Cream

Black Sesame Seed Ice Cream

The Cat, The Mouse, and all three peeps, fully satiated. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Dinner with Aunty M, The Cat’s b-day dinner. After a little shuffle, ended up here.

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A few minutes before the early-bird special ends.

Miso Soup, wait, we’ll just do this.

Early Bird

Early Bird

Choices

Choices

Not bad yeah?

The Mouse's Teishoku

The Mouse’s Teishoku

Nishime

Nishime

Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura

Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura

California Roll

California Roll

Both The Cat and Aunty M selected furikake salmon as their choice. The Cat didn’t send over her picture(s) yet, updated pending.

For dessert, both The Cat and Aunty M were full. One dish, three spoons.

The Description

The Description

Miso sauce on ice cream? This I have to see.

Kinako Azuki Blondie Sundae

Kinako Azuki Blondie Sundae

One of the best dessert I still don’t understand, but it works.

Once again, good food, good company. Thanks Aunty M. U da bestest! To paraphrase: “you’re an eleven”! :)

And Happy B-day to The Cat!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Okazuya!

You may already know, I have a soft spot (my belly, hee hee) for lunch wagons (not food trucks). I also have a soft spot for local-style Japanese delicatessen (Okazuya). The Honolulu Magazine has a short description here. Both are old school, small kid time, bits of heaven.

Japanese “delis” maybe a local phenomenon. Tried to search for a definition and only came up with this. I dunno.

Lately, The Cat has been letting The Mouse borrow her car on Sundays. I can get to the church earlier, and not be too worried about having to stay a little later.

This is on the way to church (car route).

Sign

Sign

Haven’t been here for at least twenty years, not because the food was not good, but distance and location became a hindrance.

So, today, pick up these

The Mouse's Bento

The Mouse’s Bento

Shiso Musubi

Shiso Musubi

Vegetable (Mostly) Stew

Vegetable (Mostly) Stew (Nishime)

Carrot, seaweed, konnyaku, bamboo shoot, water chestnut, Japanese turnip, all simmered in a light sugar/shoyu broth.

Shoyu Pork

Shoyu Pork

Grilled Hot Dog

Grilled Hot Dog

An Okazuya staple.

Simmered Gobo (Burdock Root)

Simmered Gobo (Burdock Root)

Cucumber Pickles (Namasu)

Cucumber Pickles (Namasu)

Pickled Japanese Turnip

Pickled Japanese Turnip

Those were the colors, neon pink and yellow. Made me think of Hello Kitty. :)

Think lunch made up of little tapas dishes, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. The prices have gone up from twenty years ago (oh for the want of ta TARDIS), but considering everything is ala carte, not too bad.

Needless to say The Mouse was very happy today.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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