Monday, June 28, 2010
It is located on the second level on Main Street and E 28th Ave. It used to be called Simply Delicious and served a variety of Asian foods (Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese). Now they have re-branded and calling themselves SD Galleria. They now only serve Japanese food. It is a very interesting atmosphere. It is a lounge / sports pub. There are lots of TV's showing a variety of sports. There are sports jerseys hung on the wall. They probably have a DJ that plays on the weekends or weeknights. I came to that conclusion when I saw the turntables. There were also large paintings of various artwork. There is one of the Mona Lisa and some of jazz players. On one wall is collector editions of comic book covers. There are some couches to make the atmosphere more cozy and homey.
They serve a variety of Japanese food. They have rolls, udon, robata, sushi, sashimi and salads. We ordered a chopped scallop roll, assorted sashimi, soft shell crab, some robata dishes (bacon wrapped scallops, short ribs and shiitake mushrooms) and 4 pieces of unagi nigiri. It was the first time I had a maki chopped scallop roll. It has always been a roll with the rice on the outside. This should've been an ideal roll for me because I like maki rolls and chopped scallops. But it was ok. I was really surprised that our assorted sashimi plate came after our cooked food. Because it is raw, it usually comes first. When it came, I was eager to try it. I was disappointed. The salmon and the tuna was mushy. It wasn't dense and fresh, like it should be. Usually the presentation of soft shell crab includes the shell of the body of the crab. But this one didn't. It looked a little bare. This is the first time I have been to a restaurant where they sell small plates of robata. It is kinda like tapas. It is just a small portion, enough to tease your palates. Our robata plates were good.
The service is ok. While we were there, there was only one other table. We were there from 5 pm to about 6:30pm. There was only one server and that was plenty. I think she forgot about our assorted sashimi plate that's why it came after our cooked food.
It was super affordable. Our assorted sashimi plate was $9 for 11 pieces. The chopped scalloped roll was $3. The soft shell crab was $5. The unagi nigiri was $1.75 for 2 pieces ($3.50 for 4 pieces). The robatas were $2 each (beef short rib, scallop bacon and shiitake mushroom). The green tea was $1 per person. It came to about $30 for two people.
I would give it a 1.5 out of 5. The atmosphere was a bit confusing for me. I'm not used to lounges / sports pubs serving Japanese food. The service was a bit lacking because I think she forgot our sashimi. The food was between lacking and ok; good hot food, not good sashimi. The price was right.