Archive for March, 2008

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Fuji Sushi Bar & Hibachi – Hazlet

March 29, 2008

Maybe I should just rename this blog to Sushi Reviews of Monmouth County because here is yet another sushi restaurant review!  What can I say, it’s our favorite cuisine. So,  continuing our quest to try all sushi restaurants in Monmouth County, we decided to try Fuji Sushi Bar & Hibachi on Route 35 in Hazlet. It is located in the Chelsea Place shopping plaza behind the Dunkin Donuts.

We were greeted and seated almost immediately as there was not much business at all. We ordered hot green tea and the server was off to get it right away. When she came back with the tea, we ordered a Sashimi deluxe which we noted was to be our appetizer. Within a few minutes another server returned to take the rest of our order and another server came out with miso soup and green salad, which we split. He had the soup, I had the salad. It was your standard soup and salad.

Sashimi platterWe didn’t wait long and our 18 piece sashimi was delivered courteously. Presentation wise it was nothing fancy, taste wise it was satisfactory. I know we have had better (Ichiban really knows how to do sashimi right), but it certainly wasn’t the worse we have tried. It included the standard thinly sliced tuna, mackerel, yellowtail, salmon, and whitefish. One thing I now realize as I write this review, a bowl of rice was not provided with the sashimi platter as the menu indicates is to be included. Usually when we order special rolls (which is almost always) the bowl of rice is not necessary. Regardless, we didn’t request no rice, so it should have been brought to our table.

In any case, our special rolls were good. I had the Tri-Color and Red Dragon rolls. He simply had Rainbow and Philly rolls. Out of all the rolls, my favorite was the Tri-Color roll, which consisted of tuna, cucumber, avocado inside with tobiko and sesame seeds on the outside. Quite tasty indeed. He had no complaints about his rolls.

One thing I am finding is that a good majority of the sushi restaurants around here are pretty much the same: average. There seems to be only a few that really go above and beyond and offer unique items. I think out of all of the restaurants we’ve tried, Kanji in Tinton Falls is doing everything right and stands out as different. Unique menu, fancy presentation, generous portions, and extraordinary quality.

With that said, if you’re looking for a satisfactory, garden-variety sushi experience, Fuji in Hazlet is an adequate choice. Nothing grand, but certainly not below par. Give ’em a whirl and comment about your experience.

3 out of 5 stars.

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Peter’s Fishery

March 28, 2008

Peter’s Fishery

If you’re looking for upscale seafood cuisine, Peter’s Fishery is not for you. If you go in with an open mind, not expecting fine dining, it’ll be a fair to good experience for you as it was for us on our first visit this past week.

While it claims to be an “American Seafood Bistro”, Peter’s resembles a diner atmosphere more than fine dining establishment. The extensive menu offers a wide variety of appetizers and dishes that is sure to please the seafood lover looking for good-sized portions. There are also non-seafood items on the menu as well to accommodate those who do not or cannot eat seafood. At least two all you can eat specials were going on that evening – Snow Crab and Shrimp – which I’m sure is quite popular. We were not in the AYCE mood, however.

We started off with the fried calamari appetizer. It came out hot and nicely crispy. I opted for the Grilled Swordfish with a sweet potato on the side. While the swordfish was tasty, it certainly was not grilled. It was delivered to me broiled. I would normally send food back if it were not prepared the way I requested, but I decided to just go ahead and eat the 2 filets as is. It wasn’t bad, though I must say the star on the plate was the baked sweet potato. Then again, I love sweet potatoes.

He got the “Sauteed Seafood Combination”, which includes lobster, clams, scallops, and monkfish over his choice of penne pasta. He noted it was “fine.” He’s a big seafood lover, so it really takes a lot to wow him.

Overall, it was a “fine”, but not a fine dining, experience. Service was quick and pleasant, which was nice; then again we were 1 of maybe 5 other parties in the whole place. In any case, we don’t plan to rush back any time soon. We will look to other local fisheries for a seafood fix in the future.

2 out of 5 stars.

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Hey Bayshore Friends!

March 20, 2008

I think I found a “hub” I’m happy with for the Bayshore Friends social networking group. This new site has a lot of cool features. You can simply sign up, participate in forums, write blogs, add photos, join sub-groups, and even add videos!

Go on… check out the new Bayshore Friends social networking group right now! Feedback is appreciated.

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Auto Repair in Matawan?

March 6, 2008

It’s that time again where I reach out to my fellow Matawanians (is that right?) for advice!  Name some good mechanics!  Need a fuel air sensor replaced and I refuse to pay dealership service prices!  I’d prefer it within Matawan town limits.

Does anybody have experience with the following repair shops:

Mullaney Tire & Car Care Center
Stillwell Garage
Advanced Tire & Auto Center

I did a quick Google search and those were the first to come up.  Thanks for any help in advance!

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Oishi Sushi – Hazlet

March 5, 2008

Oishi Sushi Japanese Restaurant, Hazlet NJ

My fellow food blogging enthusiast Dani swears by it, so I figured it was high time we checked out Oishi Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Hazlet.

Overall, I’ll have to say it was pretty good. The only area of concern was the service – it was a bit slower than we would have liked. Sure, it was a Friday night after all, however the dining room was far from crowded. It appeared they could have used another server.

sushi platterAnyways, my special rolls (Everything and Jungle) were fantastic. His Fantasy roll and salmon special were quite delicious as well. The only thing I will have to remember in the future – and this is possibly anywhere – if it says “BBQ” on the menu: don’t order! The BBQ squid appetizer I ordered was entirely too spicy hot for me. So he ate most of it since he can handle the hot stuff.

Regardless, I’m definitely putting it on the “to go back to” list.

3.5 stars out of 5. Simply for slow service.