Posts Tagged ‘food’

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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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Kickin’ it at Kickys

June 4, 2008

Kickys Restaurant

We decided to give Kickys another shot tonight. I was hopeful we would have good service on a Tuesday night. Alas, my optimism was short-lived! There were only 2 servers in the whole restaurant for about 7 parties. As you can imagine, that led to slow service.

Sluggish service aside, the food was certainly enjoyable enough. We both opted for an assortment of sushi/sashimi/special rolls – no surprise there, huh? The dishes were fresh and nicely prepared. The wasabi was ultra-potent, too. Certainly cleared the sinuses.

Overall, I feel Kickys is a nice restaurant with some respectable fare, but don’t expect expeditious service. If you go with that in mind, you probably won’t be disappointed. I’ll likely call ahead and take out from now on.

3 out of 5 stars (for food).

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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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West Lake Authentic Chinese Restaurant

October 7, 2007

Last evening we decided to dine out.  We felt we deserved it and upon a quick check of the finances, we figured we could do Chinese.  So we checked out West Lake Authentic Chinese Restaurant on Route 34. I had heard/read mostly good things about it on the Chowhound board so I was excited to try it.

Our synopsis is that it was pretty good.   We were seated immediately and were treated to salted nuts and pickled veggies.  As well as ice water and tea in a pot.
He had the egg drop soup and I ordered cold sesame noodles for starters.  The noodles were great.  The pickled vegetables were also served with the noodles, which made for a tasty combination.

His main course was the Jumbo Shrimp which was pretty good.

I ordered the Eggplant, Bean Curd, and Peppers in Black Bean Sauce.  There was no “Hot & Spicy” denotation by it on the menu, so I thought I was safe.  The eggplant, bean curd (tofu), and sauce were all fine, but the pepper was one of the hottest things I have ever tried!  I can’t take spicy hot too much.  My mouth was on fire!  I drank a whole glass of water and had to request more. Needless to say, I won’t be trying that dish again.

Otherwise, it was fine, service was fine.  So we’ll probably try it again.  I definitely want to check out their dim sum on the weekends!

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Sushi & Teriyaki

October 2, 2007

While walking down Main Street this afternoon, I noticed a couple new restaurants that will be opening. One is an Italian joint, which the name escapes my mind, and the other is a sushi place that, according to the sign on the window, will simply be called “Sushi & Teriyaki”. I’m particularly excited about this sushi restaurant.

If you’ve taken a peek at the restaurants reviews over at my old blog Red Bank Blues, you’ll know my fiance and I are quite the sushiphiles! We’re looking forward to trying the sushi around these parts and posting the reviews here. :)