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Old 10-15-2005, 02:52 PM   #11
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Ask the server. They are probably prepared to deal with customers who are not familiar with Japanese foods.
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Old 10-15-2005, 04:41 PM   #12
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Again Im highly recomend the miso soup.
Throw in a side of seaweed salad too... it's always tasty.

If they have a grill you want some teriyake and if they have a friolator you certanly want some tempura (lightly battered veggies and seafood).
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Old 10-15-2005, 05:42 PM   #13
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It's been a long time since I've been to a Japanese restaurant. I second Lugaru on the soup, tempura, and teriyaki.
Be sure and try the saki! It gives you such a nice warm feeling, all the way down to your toes.
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Old 10-15-2005, 05:44 PM   #14
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Besides the miso soup and vegetables and shrimp tempura have the gyoza. They are little dumplings filled with pork and vegetables and served with a dipping sauce. I hope that you have fun and enjoy the experience.
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Old 10-16-2005, 01:28 PM   #15
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It was awesome, i really enjoyed it. We went for a large set menu, first was miso soup, which was excellent, this was served with a bowl of soy beans, which are so incredibly moreish.

Then the next course was sushi + sashimi. The sushi was just 3 rolls, cucumber. The sashimi was salmon, tuna, prawn(cooked) and a white fish, not sure what that was, all served on rice. This was eaten with soy sauce, it was delicious. Raw fish isn't something i've tried before, but it was excellent.

Then it was tempura prawns, these were amazing. Not chewy at all, just beautiful and meaty prawns, in a great batter.

Then were 3 rounds of spears, chicken, beef, duck. Lamb and onion, courgette, mushroom and finally prawn and scallops, all in a beautiful sauce. This was also served with a small amount of a strange pink sugar like thing, with threads of pink in. If anyone can shed light on it.

And that was it, followed by drinks and an ice cream, it was an excellent evening.

Thanks for the help guys.
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Old 10-16-2005, 01:48 PM   #16
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Sounds like a pretty perfect meal. I'm glad you enjoyed it.!
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Old 10-16-2005, 02:36 PM   #17
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Hmmm...pink sugar things? Could it be the pickled ginger slices?

Your descriptions are making me hungry for Japanese now. I usually cook edamame (soybeans) from frozen at home. I boil for a few minutes, dunk into cold water to shock, then sprinkle with sea salt. They're comfort food to me.
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Old 10-16-2005, 03:22 PM   #18
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If you are faint at heart (don't be ashamed) you cannot go wrong by ordering tempura. Depending on how "authentic" the restaurant is, remember that rumaki and yakitori usually have chicken livers -- something I love, but most of my Midwestern buddies would be apalled to learn, since they eat both made here with chicken breast. If your table is doing sushi, look at the menu, if you don't do raw fish, there are plenty of sushis that have cooked fish or none at at all (a perfectly authentic sushi has a bit of omlette on top, shrimp sushi in places I've been to is cooked, as is crab). Sukiyaki is a great beef dish to order.

A friend of mine went to a Japanese restaurant for the first time and thought the green goo on the sashimi/sushi platter was guacamole. Oh, my dear me. My sinuses clear even thinking of it.

We once took friends who'd never had anything but that Japanese steak house stuff (nothing wrong with that, delicious!) to a sushi bar. They really surprised us by falling in love with the total experience, and being much more adventurous than I am with it. So go with an open mind. You'll love it.
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Quote:
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A friend of mine went to a Japanese restaurant for the first time and thought the green goo on the sashimi/sushi platter was guacamole. Oh, my dear me. My sinuses clear even thinking of it.
When I was a cook at the Marche I saw some one eat a cup of wasabi with a spoon on a dare. The entire restaurant stopped working for the duration of the bet... every one was just there watching. I remember a cute brazilian girl in my section saying "Imagine that on the way out!".

cc2003btw: Im so jealous... that's a great selection of food.
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It was awesome, decent restaurant. Not as authentic as some as far as i've gathered, but the sushimi was good. They said they're branching out the menu soon enough, so maybe some of the more unusual stuff will be around then.

Lawchick: We did have those anyway, they were thin strips with the sushi. Me and my dad think it was some odd sugar, pink food colouring and MSG mixture. But if anyonesgot any other ideas. Odd stuff, i'll get a picture next time.
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