Tuesday, March 29, 2011
More postings from Hong Kong. This is our favorite vegetarian joint in Hong Kong. Everything tastes like real meat and it's absolutely delicious! I have a lot of friends that are vegetarians and their everyday meals are so boring that I feel bad for them. Too bad they don't realize there are so many choices available. If I ate fusion vegetarian food like this all the time, I could do it on a daily basis!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Usually I'm all for the best of the best but this was definitely a worthwhile experience. Tokyo Delves! Ah!!! I've heard so much about this place for so many years and I finally got a chance to go for my lovely Dani's bachelorette party the other day. How to summarize? You have hispanic sushi makers that are singing and dancing to Oldies and 90's music while making your sushi and having the entire 200-300 person restaurant do sake bombs at the same time. Tokyo Delves is basically a 2 hour show experience. You don't go for the food, you go for the standing and dancing a top of chairs. You're just required to eat at least $12 worth of food while you are there.
Our hummer limo. Lines are humungous at Tokyo Delves, but if you take a limo you get to bypass that.
You can't really see the extent of the lines but trust me it was long!
Word. The theme was St. Patty's Day if you can't tell.
People dancing on chairs to Journey and music from the 90's.
The mini kegs that come out.
Sake bomb position. Now, I personally am a party popper but I still did one in honor of D's bachelorette party. Sometimes I wonder how I have friends with how boring I am.
Ah... the famous food of Tokyo Delves... You know what? It wasn't that bad! I think because we set our expectations so slow that there was no where to go but up!
Chicken teriyaki plate.
Our table standing on chairs. The bachelorette made it in the dance off to the final round!
It was definitely a lot of fun. This is a great place for birthdays, etc. Some people who get too excited definitely might end the night being dragged out by security trashed though.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Ah... Japanese food. One of my favorite foods of all time. The fresh fish, the starchy rice, the nice service. It's everything I want in a meal. Akasaka in Hacienda Heights has been on my list of to go places for awhile now because of my mom. My mom has a bunch of friends that do insurance so they get to know their clients (many of which are restaurant owners) so they get to try the best food in town. My mom's friend spoke so highly of the place we knew we had to go. Funny thing is... we've actually been to Akasaka before over 10 years ago. My mom was actually able to find the original business card for the place. I have a family of hoarders. Back in the day, Akasaka was actually part of the (818) area code. Old school.... Well I went online and checked the place out. The reviewers said I had to call in advanced and make a reservation. What? Thursday afternoon? Yes, really. It's that popular. I made the reservation at 1:15-1:30 since traffic is a bitch for us. When we got there at 1:10, the waiter argued with me and told me I only said 1:30 so I'd have to wait till then. Uh... worst service ever. Onto the food...
Salad that came with your order.
The dirty menus they had filled with oil and grease.
Their very mediocre miso soup.
But their soft shell crab was amazing!
And look at their massive chirashi. Every type of sashimi was in there. The fish was fresh and the rice was seasoned really well. It had a really nice sugary sweet taste to it. BUT it was $30! Ouch! I mean this baby could have fed 2 people but still!
So not only did it take forever to get seated because they were rude and slow, they were also super understaffed. The tables were left dirty and customers were not being served at all. Biggest offense is they tried to give us the bill and not give us the free dessert! Oh hell no! I want my free stuff! So I walked up the table and made it known. Here came my strawberry mochi with vanilla ice-cream.
Then I also bought sushi rolls for dinner that night. I'm always scared the world is going to end so I never leave a restaurant without buying boxes of to go. I actually have a box in my car just for carrying take out containers. Fabulous.... I know.
Here was the massive rainbow roll that I wanted to get. Next time maybe...in 10 years.
The food was good but I think the service blowed so badly and ruined my happy thoughts about kind, Japanese people that I'm going to boycott this place for awhile. If I wanted shitty service, I would have gone to a Chinese restaurant and chilled with my peeps. P.S. my bill came out to over $80. Would you pay $80 for crappy service and good food? Choices, choices, choices...
Try if you dare at 14926 Clark Ave. ,
Thursday, March 10, 2011
My apologies for not posting more often. It's not that I'm not eating so don't worry! Let's take a look back at Hong Kong at Bombay Dreams in Central. It's an all you can eat Indian buffet! The waiters are actually Indian. Thank goodness because it's my pet peeve when you go into a restaurant and no one in that place is actually of that ethnicity. It's like when Koreans own sushi places. It makes the costumer wonder if they are about to get some legit food.
Well worry not. This food was really good. The bread was soft and fresh. The soup was delicious and best of all-they had lots of different sauces that were all so tasty. My favorite was their mango lasso. They didn't make it till you ordered it! The lassi was thick and seriously the best mango lassi I've ever had. Trust... that's saying something. I had 2 1/2 cups just myself!