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Sushi Rock

What sushi and rock music have in common is beyond me, yet somehow, Sushi Rock mends the two together quite well (and not just through the name). Located in Clarendon, away from the nightlife scene, this two floor modern restaurant has an industrial architecture inside decorated with warm tones.

I went to Sushi Rock with a friend on a weeknight and was seated immediately. We were greeted promptly by our server who fit the rock/waiter bill perfectly. Well, he had pierced ears, and in my book, that means he probably wears a leather jacket while listening to Axl Rose. That is my definition of a rocker.

Before I even got my hand on the drink menu, our rocker waiter was back asking if we’d like to start with an appetizer. Two seconds later he was back asking if we had made a decision. Pretty sure I still had my purse on at this moment. I had to politely ask for a few more minutes a couple more times until we were ready to order drinks. Searching through other reviews of this restaurant, the majority of complaints pertain to service.

Above is the “Day Tripper.” Both the drinks and food have rocker themes, and yes, I felt like an idiot ordering every single thing. The Day Tripper has raspberry vodka, blended juices and coconut foam. Doesn’t get much girlier than that! Something tells me our waiter never orders this drink.

For dinner, my friend and I decided to go with three different types of sushi.

The sushi presentation is done beautifully. If I remember correctly, above is the Ziggy Stardust roll. Ugh, I feel like an idiot just typing the name of the sushi. This roll has an interesting twist, rather than fish, this is rolled up kobe beef, asparagus, red pepper and a jalapeno mayo. I like the creativity of this roll, but every bite I found myself thinking “wait, this texture is weird,” and then I’d have to remind myself about the beef. Quite the mind game let me tell you.

Our favorite of the evening was the You Shook Me All Night Long (ugh). As the menu breaks it down, it’s tempura shrimp + avocado + cucumber + crab stick + black tobiko + red tobiko + scallion + Japanese mayo. What’s tobiko you say? Fish roe. What is fish roe you say? Fish eggs.

Fun fact: Roe is a rich source of vitamins A and D, fatty acids and zinc.

If fish eggs or sushi in general aren’t your thing, Sushi Rock also has shared plates that range from salmon to meatball skewers.

It’s a fun place to go with friends while taking in a cool atmosphere. While the service was a tad overbearing at times, sometimes you have to remind yourself that every rose has its thorn (nailed the rock reference!).

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Sticky Rice

I’ve been wanting to try Sticky Rice for some time now. It seems like the only place in the world that can be known for their sushi, nightlife and tater tots. A weird mix, yes, but its success was evident Friday night by the large crowd hudled near the bar as they waited for a table. The restaurant is locate don H Street sandwiched in between trendy restaurants. The narrow two floor spot has low lighting with highlights of red. Upstairs, the atmosphere is a little brighter.

As I said, Sticky Rice is known for their tots. Knowing instantly I was going to order a bucket full (because that’s what they serve them in), my eyes quickly caught the sweet potato tot special. Boom. Ordered.

The tots come with a dijon spice sauce that was pretty addicting. The tots were good on their own too. I was a little depressed that the special wasn’t served in a bucket, but I was too busy popping them in on after the other that I couldn’t care.

Rarely do I go into a restaurant saying “I want everything on this menu,” but that is exactly how I felt. Just reading about the lettuce wraps, fried teriyaki mushrooms (say whaaaaa), tokyo burger, and chicken sesame made me know this place wasn’t just hype.

My sushi of choice was the drawn-n-buttered. Sushi being dunked into butter? Does Paula Deen work at Sticky Rice? What a genius idea. Fried shrimp was paired with crab and cucumber and served alongside a dish of garlic butter. Delicious? Yes. Bad breath? Oh, yes.

While I didn’t get them, a popular order around me seemed to be the sticky balls: tuna, crab, siracha rice that’s deep fried and topped with wasabi dressing.

For dessert, we went with the green tea sorbet and the fried banana with chocolate sauce. The banana was good, but I mean how can you really mess up a fried banana?

All-in-all, the selection of sushi here is impressive and creative. I liked that it wasn’t your typical sushi joint and they are willing to serve dishes that are a little out of the ordinary. If you want, stay past ten and experience their nightlife dance party extravaganza.

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Hayashi Sushi & Grill

I miss the JMU dining days where I could walk right into Top Dog and grab some sushi to go. Alas, the college days are behind me and so is the weekly sushi. Although the other night my sushi craving was fulfilled when my dad took me over to Hayashi Sushi & Grill in Newport News. There is also a location in Williamsburg.

We sat outside in one of about four tables with a view of the City Center fountain in the distance. Inside, there is a modern feel with light wooden floors and dim lighting. In a separate room there is are hibachi grills for your entertainment.

For an appetizer we ordered the wontons served with their own soy sauce-like dipping sauce. I managed to eat most of my dad’s salad that came with his meal too. The salad was perfectly fresh and the dressing was sweet with a hint of peanut.

I ordered two types of sushi for my dinner. First, the California roll (yes, I know when it comes to authentic sushi this is probably the furthest from it). With that being said I always think it’s hard to get the California roll wrong.

Knowing six rolls wouldn’t fill me up, I also ordered the Crunch roll. It was pretty massive and there were a few times where biting the roll in two was necessary. On top was a soft mix of masago, crab and roe. The spicy mayo had my lips tingling by the end, but it was well worth it.

My dad’s not much of a sushi fan so he stuck to the meat. Ribeye sliced and rolled, much like the sushi, and wrapped around asparagus and topped with a teriyaki glaze.Roasted vegetables colored the plate.

Needless to say it was nice to get my sushi fix last week. In the end it still would have been nice  to use my dining dollars.

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Sushi Jako

I have kept meaning to put this post up for awhile now. Whenever my friend is craving sushi, which is pretty often, she always insists on going to Sushi Jako.

My first time visiting I’ll admit I was going in with low standards. I was used to the sushi at Beyond downtown and to go elsewhere just seemed plain wrong. Plus Jako is in a shopping center and that to me never seems like a tempting place for food. Although as I am typing this I am beginning to realize how some of my favorite restaurants are in shopping centers. Hmm, perhaps when I’m extremely bored I’ll look into that some more.

When you walk into the place there is not much to write home about. A fake croaking frog acts as their bell to sound when customers enter and a sign reads “Please Watch Your Step.” The floor is completely level so I’m still confused about that one.

There are a few tables to sit at or you can take a seat at the sushi bar and watch your food be made right in front of you. My friend and I went for a table during both of our visits. We didn’t want to have to deal with any awkward small talk like one may have to do with a bartender. “So, uhh how long have you been rolling sushi?” Silence —frog croak — silence.

The wall of Jako’s is a giant beach mural with a few real seashells super-glued randomly throughout. Much like the frog and the sign, I’m not getting a connection with this decoration.

After enjoying the beach scenery, I decided to start out with the salad. During both visits my friend ordered the miso soup. And both times (with different waiters) I was given miso soup as well. I don’t know why this is, but lucky for them I never wanted to make the correction. The soup is delicious, whether you order it or not.

I absolutely love asian salads, mostly because of the gingery salad dressing. The size of the salad doesn’t hurt either.

Jako has plenty of Japanese and Korean food to offer other than sushi. If sushi is not what you’re looking for they also offer tempura, noodles, and teriyaki dishes. But sushi is what I was looking for and that’s what I checked off. Yes, checked off. Like most sushi places, you can pick your sushi and quantity simply by taking a given piece of paper and checking off what you want. Interactive dining!

I chose the crunchy spicy California roll and the Washington Roll (top of picture).

While the Washington roll was good, with cucumber, masago and crab, I found myself wanting more of the spicy California. Plus, I have to say sometimes having the fish eggs, which were on the Washington, can make  me a little uneasy. The spicy sushi, with crab, avocado and masago also had what seemed like bread crumbs rolled around the outside of it. Even better, this sushi was never to spicy.

Jako has made me a fan and I know I will be going back for some more sushi — and miso soup if my friend orders it.

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BEYOND for Lunch

I made it to Beyond, the “Asian Infused” restaurant downtown for lunch today. Even at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Beyond had their share of customers. Although this picture does not prove that previous statement…

They say it’s better to have a large lunch and a small dinner. I tried to follow that rule and ordered a good amount of food. Albeit, I am currently eating sugar coated dough at 10 p.m.

When ordering the burger from Beyond, I went with the side salad rather than the french fries, and got the white wine vinegrette dressing. It was a pretty simple salad with romaine and tomatoes. The dressing was just as simple.

My friend and I also decided to split the Dukes sushi roll and that came with some miso soup. I’ve never really been a fan of miso soup since to me it’s just broth. Nonetheless, I still had some of it. I was more excited when the sushi came out.

To the left is the Dukes, drizzled with teriyaki and rolled with shrimp tempura and spicy crab meat. I was surprised how big the sushi serving size actually was for their decent prices. When it comes to sushi, I love to get the tempura as it adds an extra crunch to the softness of the rice. But hey, that’s just my opinion. To the right is my friend’s shrimp tempura roll with avocado.

After feeling pretty full from only 3 rolls, my Beyond Burger came out next. I ordered it medium but the waitress informed that the meat is actually beef and pork so ordering it medium would make the meat fall apart and I would find it nearly impossible to eat. I was a little surprised that the menu doesn’t inform the customer of the dual meat action.

The burger meat was crumbly and I could definitely taste the pork in it. Even more flavors came out because of the bits of bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, cheese and lobster sauce. Yes, lobster sauce. Not sure what lobster sauce is and I’m not sure whether or not it belongs on a burger. It was a little spicy red sauce that added some zing to the burger. Another plus to the burger was the bun comes lightly toasted. I must admit though, I would choose a Jack Brown’s burger over this one any day.

My other friend went with the sandwich of the week. Grilled chicken with honey mustard, lettuce, mozzarella cheese, and tomato all on honey wheat bread that resembles Texas toast. Once again, the bread came lightly grilled.

The hit of the lunch table was my friend’s jumbo lump crab cakes served under a sriracha chiptole cream sauce. Sriracha is a chili sauce and the chipotle made my friend have to down two glasses of water during her lunch. Even though she was extremely hydrated by the time we left, she was really happy with her choice.  Note: She’s from Maryland and has high standards when it comes to crab cakes.

The modern atmosphere complimented by the modern dishware and menu made this lunch date really enjoyable. Even better were the reasonable prices at Beyond. My burger was only $7. The sushi was $11 and that was put on my friend’s bill. Er, that reminds me I still need to pay her back for that.

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