BBQ Eel

Corktown Detroit: Ima

The Unagi-don Rice Bowl from Ima Noodles in Detroit, MI has everything you love about an eel sushi roll and more! I added a fried egg to mine and the yolk was a silky, rich surprise that acted as a sauce to the rice. Read the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Ima, located on Michigan Ave, just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Motor City Wine, opened its doors in late December of last year. Chef Michael Ransom’s Michigan roots and his passion for Japanese comfort food and is what started the udon (thick wheat flour noodle served hot in soup) themed restaurant. The space is small, but is full of big flavors. With a seasonal menu offering a variety of noodle soups including Spicy Pork Udon and rice bowls like the Golden Curry, Ima brings together Japanese cuisine with home cooked feel good food.

Steamed edamame: Chilis, lemon, olive oil, sea salt. I really liked the bright, spicy, seasonings. This normally yummy snack was amped up with flavor. I couldn’t get enough.

This steamed edamame from Ima Noodles in Corktown Detroit, MI was packed full of spicy deliciousness. The seasoning was a combo of sea salt and various chilies and brought heat without burning my mouth off. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Unagi-don Rice Bowl: BBQ glazed eel, pickled cucumber, slaw, pickled ginger, radish sprout. I am a huge eel sushi fan so when I saw this on the menu, I had to order it. I was worried that the eel would be fatty and when it came out, my suspicions were confirmed. This required me to put in a little work, but once I did, it was slightly sweet from the eel sauce and satisfactory. The pickled veggies were slightly acidic, but cut through the rich eel. I added a fried egg and boy, am I glad I did. The yolk created a sauce that added a bright color to the rice bowl.

The Unagi-don Rice Bowl from Ima Noodles in Detroit, MI has everything you love about an eel sushi roll and more! I added a fried egg to mine and the yolk was a silky, rich surprise that acted as a sauce to the rice. Read the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Golden Curry Rice Bowl: Silky curry sauce, root veggies, ginger pickle, soft boiled egg. When I spotted the bok choy, I was thrilled because it’s one of my favorite vegetables, but I don’t get to eat it too often. The curry flavor was bold, without being overwhelmingly spicy. The scallions added a mild onion flavor and a nice bright crunch.

The Golden Curry Rice Bowl at Ima Noodles in Detroit, MI has a classic curry sauce without being super spicy. It was served with bok choy which is one of my favorite vegetables. Pair it with a soft boiled egg for a little protein. Read the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Spicy Pork Udon: Toasted chili broth, smoked pork loin, soft boiled egg, garlic oil. This bowl brings the heat! The pork was tender, juicy, and sliced thin. The broth was seriously spicy with a hint of smoky. It was almost hard to eat because of how hot it was, but the broth had good flavor. This would’ve been better if they toned it down just a tad.

The Spicy Pork Udon at Ima Noodles in Detroit, MI has a smoky, chili broth with garlic oil. The smoked pork was tender and juicy and the soft boiled egg helped compliment the spicy broth. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Curry Udon: Silky curry broth, soft egg, ginger pickle. Be prepared, because you will definitely slurp with this bowl! I recommend cutting the noodles into smaller pieces to make eating this less messy. The curry broth was savory, subtle. and not super spicy which I liked. The ginger pickle added texture and the sour flavor complimented the curry.

The Curry Udon from Ima Noodles in Detroit, MI is a huge bowl of thick noodles, fresh bok choy, a rich, curry broth, and a soft boiled egg. This is a hearty dish perfect on a rainy day or when you are just in the mood for some comfort food. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Service was really good and I was impressed with how accommodating and friendly the staff was. The tables are set up as shared seating which I always like because I get a good view at what my neighbors are enjoying. If you know me, I hate menu’s because I can never decide. I want it all! So being able to see the options in the flesh helps me make a dinner decision. I was bummed out that Ima doesn’t serve alcoholic beverages, but hopefully they will have their liquor license soon. I will definitely be back to try the Ima tacos and Mexican Coke. Ima offers gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Join Ima for dinner, they are open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-10pm.

Ima

The space at Ima Noodles is small, but intimate. The dining room offers shared seating which allows each guest to get a front row view of every dish that comes out of the kitchen. Read the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Thanks for an awesome time, ladies! Can’t wait for our next adventure.

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Osaka Sushi & Steakhouse

Today on the Bite Tonight: Osaka Sushi & Steakhouse

Located on 28th St in Grand Rapids is Osaka Sushi & Japanese Steakhouse. Josh and I stopped in for an early dinner to check out the menu. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price/Quality: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 2 out of 5 bites

Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Here’s a happy Josh super excited about sushi:

happy sushi josh

Mango Avocado Roll: Surprisingly satisfying. The sweet, fruity mango is dynamite with the avocado. Very tropical.

mango avocado

California Roll: Cool and classic!

california roll

Eel, Avocado, Cucumber: Always a treat! Sweet BBQ eel sauce is the perfect compliment to creamy avocado and crunchy, fresh cucumber.

eel, avocado,  cuke

Sweet Potato Roll: Oh My! Delicious! This magnificent creation tasted like tempura battered sweet potato lightly fried to perfection. Light, sweet, and crispy. A must to order!

sweet potato roll

I was really impressed with the sushi options, but service was lousy. So lousy that it was actually humorous. Our server was actually standing near the flat screen TV getting his daily dose. If you’re looking for a unique sushi menu with delicious sushi, try Osaka Sushi and Steakhouse.

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Black Pine Tree

Today on the bite tonight: the new Black Pine Tree Sushi Bar, located on Eureka Rd in Southgate. I frequented the previous location, just down the street, and decided to see what the new restaurant was all about. The dining room is very modern and sophisticated , a nice change from the old look. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 2 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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I started off with a House Salad with ginger dressing: The purple cabbage adds a nice crunch to a house salad, but the real star of the show is the ginger dressing. Sweet and vinegary with a nice bite that awakens your tastebuds. I could eat it by itself, it’s so good.

housesalad

Sushi

Obama (Pictured on left): Crabmeat, cucumber, and avocado covered in a sweet signature sauce, fire toasted and topped with fried potato shavings. This roll was UH-MAZE-ING! Spicy, crunchy, crispy, and sweet all in one bite. The potato shavings were the perfect crispy topping. This was the best roll I’ve ever eaten.

Angry California (Pictured on top right): Crabmeat, cucumber and spicy tempura crumbs. If you like California rolls, try this one. The tempura crumbs were light, yet added a spicy crunch.

Eel, Avacado, Cucumber (Pictured on bottom right): Topped with BBQ eel sauce. Eel has always been a favorite roll of mine. The delicate eel, paired with creamy avocado, and fresh cucumber is delicious. The sweet BBQ eel sauce ties the whole roll together.

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The sushi at the new location is better than I remember the old one being. The service, unfortunately was not. Our server started out good, but slacked on drink refills. The other thing I didn’t like was that it was extremely cold in the dining room and Josh and I had to eat with our coats on.  If you haven’t been to the new location, check it out and try the Obama roll.

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