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Pizza Loolu, Route 35, Hazlet

June 1, 2008

I took an 8 year old (daughter of a friend whom I was babysitting) to Pizza Loolu on Route 35 in Hazlet last night.  It is a new all-you-can-eat pizza buffet where Trilogy used to be in a small shopping plaza right before the Poole Avenue intersection.   It’s a great idea!  While the food certainly isn’t gourmet (then again what buffet food is?), for the price – $5.99 for adults, $3.99 for kids under 10 – you just cannot beat it. I am lactose intolerant, so the pizza was out of the question for me.  No worries for the dairy impaired,  they offer a salad and pasta bar!  So I was able to fill up on that. They had these little “hush puppie” type potato balls that were good and filling.

The kid said the pizza was pretty good. There were several different types of pies to choose from, and they offered that if you didn’t see it on the buffet, they would make it! We were both especially thrilled with the dessert selections: mini muffins, rice krispie treats, fudge brownies, and jello in an assortment of colors.

My only complaint was that there were no bread sticks or rolls available. Would have been nice to have with the pasta.

In any case, it was a cost-effective dinner. 2 buffets (1 Adult + 1 Kid), 2 fountain drinks (free refills) = under $15! I highly recommend it!  Great for kids!

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Bayshore Friends Meetup 5/6

May 5, 2008

A few of us are meeting up at The Office tomorrow evening at 7:30.  If you’re interested in joining us, please RSVP on Bayshore Friends.

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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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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.