Friday, July 9, 2010

Zakkushi - Main St

From the outside, it doesn't look very inviting. It is dark and the windows don't allow you you to see the restaurant inside. It is located in a strip mall on Main and 25th. Once you walk inside, it's very nice and cozy and modern at the same time. The restaurant isn't very big. We were there from 6 pm to 8 pm. During our time there, the restaurant was full and there was a line up when we left.

This restaurant is known for his skewers. There was a large selection of skewers to choose from. These are the items we ordered:
- appetizer trio (with takowasabi (raw octopus with wasabi stem), ebi sunomono and gomaae
- zakkushi set (with momo, oropon beef, me maki, p-toro and umeshisho maki)
- Momo = chicken thigh with sauce or salt
- oropon beef = beef with japanese radish and ponzu sauce
- me maki = garlic stubs wrapped with slice pork
- p - toro = crunchy and juicy pork
- umeshisho maki = chicken thigh with plum and shiso leaf
- tsukune (chicken meat ball)
- ebi tempura udon (2 pc of large prawn tempura udon in hot soup
- uzura maki = quail eggs wrapped with slice pork

And of course, we ordered dessert. The 8 of us shared the four desserts they offered:
- amazake affogato = vanilla ice cream with warm sweet sake sauce
- goma ice cream = homemade black sesame ice cream with raspberry syrup
- dorayaki matcha ice cream = matcha ice cream and red bean in Japanese pancake
- imopari = crispy sweet potato sticks with homemade brown honey

I used to work in many restaurants. My first job was with McDonald's. They taught me the basics of the hospitality industry. One thing that was important, if you were a woman, is to tie your hair back to try to avoid hair going in the customer's food. When I dine at restaurants, the one thing that is important to me is if they are presentable to the customers. Our server had her hair tied back but there were layers that were hanging into her face. It would've been really easy for her hair to fall in our food. I am hoping it didn't. She was really nice and attended to our needs.

It was about $2 for a skewer. The udon was $7.50. The price is a bit high. It doesn't seem like a lot. But if you eat alot, it may not be worth it.

Overall Experience
I would give it a 2.5 out of 5. The food was ok. It didn't 'WOW' me. Maybe I have high standards? The atmosphere was nice. The service was ok. The price was a bit high.

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