Archive for the ‘sushi’ Category

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Koo Neo-Japanese, Route 79, Marlboro

July 3, 2008

We tried Koo Neo-Japanese Asian Fusion Restaurant in Marlboro tonight. Overall, not bad. Service, though pleasant, was mildly disjointed. The food was good so no worries there. He had the fried calamari for app, said it was okay, nothing special. I had the “Roti” – Asian pancake with chicken curry. I wasn’t sure how to eat it; I actually dipped the pancake in the curry sauce. It was tasty.

For my main, I had the Fantastic Eel roll and Tri-Color roll. Both were quite good and amply sized. The thing that stood out the most on the eel roll was the seaweed salad inside. Eel is typically my favorite, but the seaweed salad inside definitely kicked it up a notch! The Tri-Color roll has salmon, avocado, and ginger inside, tuna & yellowtail outside. I usually don’t like ginger, but this worked and I enjoyed it.

He had the sushi & sashimi combo and noted that it was really good. No complaints at all. The prices were on par with other sushi restaurants in the area. So I say it’s worth a visit especially if you’re into trying new places.

FYI: they do not do split checks.  Something about the software not able to do it.  But they will charge the same bill on separate cards if they have to.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Koo Neo-Japanese Asian Fusion Restaurant
71A South Main Street (across from the CVS)
Marlboro, NJ 07746
732-866-8838

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Maru Restaurant, Route 18, East Brunswick

June 22, 2008

This evening we checked out Maru Restaurant in East Brunswick.  It’s in the same shopping plaza as Makkoli Seafood Buffet.  Originally I had wanted to go back to Makkoli, but then changed my mind and decided to try Maru instead.  In addition to Korean entrees and specialties, they also offer sushi.  And yes, they DO have Korean BBQ!

Sadly, I don’t know much about Korean restaurants but from what I could tell it was pretty authentic.  There were a few tables with chairs on the right and several tatami tables to the right. The decor is simple, nothing fancy.

Due to a questionable stomach, I avoided the (typically spicy) Korean food.  Instead, I opted for some miso soup and a couple of rolls.  The “castle roll” was essentially a California roll with eel and avocado on top and the crab and tomago roll which was just crab stick rolled in rice with some tobiko outside.  There was no sign of tomago (egg) to my disappointment.  Perhaps the server didn’t hear me correctly when I ordered.  I decided to eat the roll as presented to me.  With the exception of the missing tomago, they were both fine.

He decided to have the Bibim Naeng myunm, which is a cold buckwheat noodle and spicy beef dish.  He commented it was tasty.  They were sure to bring us the “banchan” — which is all the little side dishes that come with a meal.  I enjoyed the bean sprouts and diakon.  He, of course, enjoyed the kimchi.

It was a change of pace from the typical sushi restaurants we go to, however I don’t know if I would rush back.  I’d like to try some of the Korean restaurants in the Edison area some day when my stomach isn’t so ultra-sensitive.

3 out of 5 stars.

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Makkoli Seafood Buffet – East Brunswick

May 18, 2008

A new reader of my blog emailed me recently and commented on my love of sushi restaurants. He suggested we check out Makkoli Seafood Buffet (their site is down right now it seems) in East Brunswick. All-You-Can-Eat Sushi? Count us in!

So last evening we drove down to East Brunswick in search of this glorious sounding buffet. It was a bit of a challenge to find at first since I’m not necessarily familiar with the area. It’s strip mall city out there, so I got confused as to which one it was in. I had to call for clarification on where it is. FYI: it’s on the Southbound side of Route 18, next to the U-Haul (across from the Wendy’s).

We finally got there around 5:30 and were seated immediately. We ordered our drinks and were off to load our plates! I had some seaweed salads, sashimi, and lots and lots of sushi and rolls. I loved almost everything I had. However, I discovered I was not a fan of salmon skin or Spanish mackerel. No worries, there was plenty of other sushi and rolls I love! In fact, I ate so much sushi, I really didn’t have room for much of the hot foods. I tried a spring roll and some noodles, but that’s about it.

In addition to just about every sushi and rolls you can think of, there is a big variety of hot stuff, too. Teriyaki, tempura, etc. And of course there’s the seafood! He had the king crab legs, shrimp, and oysters. He commented “I easily ate at least $60 worth of food myself!” It’s true.

You get a ton of food for a bargain. But how is the sushi you ask?! Not bad at all actually. I can’t say “Best sushi ever!” but not at all horrible either. The price is totally right! 2 of us w/ drinks the bill came to $46! I know for a fact we’ll go back again!

Oh, and there were a lot of Asians in the house. So that, to me, is always a good sign. :)

4 out 5 stars, for sheer amount of food, quality, and affordability!

Here’s another great blog review of Makkoli.

Watch their commercial below.

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Aki Sushi

April 12, 2008

We tried Aki Sushi last night, and our initial impression is this: great selection, real good quality! When they gave us the warm towels to wash our hands, they were real, terry-cloth towels! Not too many places do terry cloth these days. They were very warm and felt great on the hands.

When it came time to order we didn’t select an appetizer at all, we simply ordered the sashimi and sushi love boat as well as two special rolls figuring that would be enough to fill us. The Sahara Special had eel tempura, avocado inside, spicy salmon, tempura crunch outside. The Beauty Roll had spicy yellowtail, mango, tempura crunch inside, tuna and salmon outside. Both were very tasty and generously sized. I don’t like skimpy rolls. :)

The Love Boat consisted of 20 pieces of fresh sashimi, 10 pcs. of yummy sushi, tasty eel dragon roll and lobster salad roll. (photo at right is just a stock photo) The boat was attractively presented in addition to tasting great. I honestly can’t believe we ate all of that food, but it was simply delicious and we couldn’t help finish it all. We were quite full when we left, that’s for sure. I wanted to try a dessert, but I realized I just didn’t have the room for it.

In summary, as people who have tried dozens of (run-of-the-mill) sushi places around the area, we really enjoyed Aki Sushi. The decor doesn’t particularly “wow” you, but they have booths and tables alike. No hibachi tables! if you want cooked food, it’s made in the kitchen.

We recommend sushi lovers to definitely try them out, they are one of the better sushi restaurants in the Bayshore area.  4 out of 5 stars.

Aki Sushi
436 Route 36 (in the Super Foodtown strip mall )
Port Monmouth

732-471-8811

Monday-Thursday 4:30-10:00
Friday 4:30-10:30
Saturday 1:00-10:30
Sunday 12:00-9:30

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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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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.

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Shogun Legends, Wall Township

February 7, 2008

In our neverending quest to try all sushi joints in Central NJ, our travels took us to the new Shogun Legends on Route 34 in Wall Township. It is owned by the same people who own Shogun Bey Lea in Toms River.

Overall, it’s quite nice. The decor is contemporary and elegant, and the big aquarium is quite the eye-catcher. The main dining area downstairs is big, and there is a nice bar area as well as private party room. We dined downstairs (by the sushi bar). I wanted to go upstairs to check out the hibachi area, but perhaps another time.

I started off with the savory sesame noodles. They were good, nothing spectacular, but tasty. He had the 8 piece sushi appetizer. I forget what was all included, but it was 2 each of 4 varieties. One, however, was some sort of scallop roll in seaweed – it was very, very good.

For my “main course” I had the Pa-Pa Dragon roll – eel, tuna, avocado, with a honey walnut in it and caviar on top — very unique, very yummy! I also, simply, had an eel roll. He had the Flaming Heart roll – which for the life of me I forget what was in that – and a plain Philadelphia roll. No complaints from him.

While we still think Kanji – and Ichiban – are tops, Shogun Legends is definitely good enough to warrant a return visit.

3 stars.