Posts Tagged ‘sushi’

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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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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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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. :)