Archive for December, 2007

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Merry Christmas Matawan!

December 25, 2007

 Borough of Matawan

I just want to send a big huge thank you to the borough of Matawan. It delivered a Christmas miracle yesterday. That’s all I’m going to say! :)

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Sushi Bento

December 16, 2007

Like usual on the weekends, we just had to have our sushi fix! The only difference this time is that I actually didn’t feel like dining out! So we decided to order from the new Sushi joint on Main Street – Sushi Bento!

Not having written down their number when I drove by last week, we decided to just walk in and order our take out. It’s a quaint place with one large table (that seats about 8 not so comfortably) in the front and another table towards the back (that seats 4). There are also some stools at the sushi bar and in the back. Decor is typical Japanese with paper lamps and umbrellas, and pictures depicting Asian scenes.

While we waited we were offered some hot tea on the house, which we graciously accepted. We struck up a conversation with the server/cashier, who introduced herself as Kim. She was very polite and, after having asked my man of his nationality, we learned that she, and the owners/chefs are also Korean. I noted that while we were certified sushi lovers, we felt there was a need for real Korean food in the area. She gave us some great suggestions in the Edison area.

As our food was being prepared and bagged, she asked if we would like some kimchi on the house! Naturally my man is not one to turn down kimchi so he said “Sure!”. We were also given complimentary California rolls just for waiting. How nice!

Here’s what we had:

  • House salad & miso soup (1 for each of us)
  • 1 order appetizer Sushi (5 pieces)
  • 1 order Age Dashi Tofu (deep fried tofu)
  • 1 order Sashimi regular (10 pieces)
  • 1 order Diamond roll (inside: crab meat, avocado & cucumber; outside: salmon, tuna, yellowtail, and masago)
  • 1 order Dragon roll
  • 1 order “No Name” roll (inside: eel, cucumber, masago; outside: avocado)
  • 1 order Philadelphia roll
  • 1 order California roll (as noted above)
  • small kimchi (not on the menu, so I’m not sure if they always have it)

Yes, that’s A LOT of food! We definitely had leftovers today. Anyways, ALL of that for only $55!!!!! The price alone was enough to wow. All rolls, even the special rolls, are under $10. All dinners are under $12.95. The most expensive item on the menu is the “Sushi Bento Chef’s Special” and you have two choices: A. $45.00 and B. $90.00. Not sure what all is included in that… but I can guess it’s enough to feed a small army.

But, you ask, how does it taste? Overall not bad at all. We’ve certainly had better and most definitely had worst. I’d say it’s your run of the mill sushi. But for the value, convenience, and most definitely the service, I’d say it’s a good deal! So if you’re looking for good sushi at a good price, seriously consider Sushi Bento.

They also offer FREE DELIVERY on a minimum $20 order. I’m sure we’ll be hitting that up some time.

Sushi Bento gets 4 out of 5 stars! Especially for value and service!

Here’s the lowdown:
Sushi Bento
129 Main Street
Matawan, NJ
732-290-0110

Hours:
Monday-Saturday 11:00am-9:00pm

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Here’s some BIG news!

December 15, 2007

The Kwik Shop on Route 34 is closed! Out of business. Kaput.

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Sushi & Teriyaki

December 11, 2007

I’m not sure when it officially opened, but the sushi place on Main Street, across the street from the C-Town Market, is open!  There’s a big “Grand Opening” banner and a blinking neon sign that says “Open”.

I will be sure to stop by and report here soon!

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Aligado Japanese & Thai

December 11, 2007

After our shopping excursion on Saturday, I decided it was time to try Aligado Japanese & Thai Cuisine in Hazlet. We were promptly seated in the back by the sushi bar.

Our server, who was polite, took our drink order and rushed off. In a short amount of time, he returned to bring our drinks to us. He gave us a few minutes to mull over the menu and then swung by to take our order. He seemed rushed and it appeared he had quite a few tables. I believe there were only 2 other servers working that evening. I could be wrong, but I only saw 3 total.

Anyways, I had ordered a simple house salad and he ordered the Yellowtail Amazing. This is when things got a little testy. In a few minutes my house salad came out, but his Yellowtail Amazing was no where to be found. I waited a few moments hoping it would make its way to the table, but alas it hadn’t. I apologized for starting without him, and started to nibble away at my salad. Several minutes went by and, finally, his appetizer was delivered along with the special rolls (his main course) that he had ordered! My 2nd course (Holmdel roll) had also been delivered at that time as well, which was good because I had finished my salad and was ready for more.

He was not pleased at all and was sure to tell the otherwise polite server that his appetizer should have been delivered earlier. The server had apologized and rushed off to his other tables. As I have noted in past reviews, it’s, like, our biggest pet peeve to NOT have our appetizers served at the same time. We don’t care if one of us orders hot, and the other orders cold. It should be timed that not one of us is eating before the other!

It seems a lot of places can’t get this right! *sigh*

The delivery of my main course, Pad Thai, was a bit off as well. I had finished my Holmdel roll and waited several minutes for the Pad Thai to come. By that time, he had finished with his main course (his special rolls) and I was left being the last eating.

Despite the disorganized service, the food was rather tasty. No complaints at all there! But when you’re spending $60+, I think service needs to be coordinated as well as polite.

3 out of 5 stars. For quality of food alone.

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Happy Holidays from Exit 117A

December 10, 2007

Yeah, Yeah.  I know I haven’t been posting much here lately.  Preoccupied with work, trying to keep house, attempting to be ready for Christmas, and all that fun stuff!

In honor of the season, I’ve changed the theme of my blog. Nice holiday colors: red and green. I can’t believe it’s that time of year already and that another year is coming to a close! *sigh*

I’m looking forward to the start of a new year, however.  I hope you’ll stick around as I post about life off Exit 117A.

Merry Christmas!

 

Happy Chanukah!

Happy Kwanzaa!

Happy Festivus!

OK, I think I have all the holidays covered. ;)