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Downtown Detroit: Townhouse

The Shrimp Tempura Verde Roll from Townhouse in Downtown Detroit is full of fresh, bright flavors. This roll combines Granny Smith apple, salsa verde sauce, and cilantro. Find the full post on www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Townhouse’s Detroit location lies on Woodward Ave in the heart of Downtown, across from Campus Martius. Townhouse offers a massive Whiskey and Bourbon menu as well as an array of different small plates that are reasonably priced. I recommend dining in the “glass house” because the natural light will pour through and illuminate your experience. If you want drinks, grab a seat at the bar. The menu is all over the place and there is no theme, but I like this. You can find pizza, salads, burgers, sushi, and also some unique dishes such as Elk Tenderloin, Braised Short Ribs, and Butternut Squash Pizza.

Sweet Corn Chowder: House Chorizo, Pumpkin Seeds (pepitas), Cilantro, Lime. The chorizo had a subtle spicy flavor without being greasy or heavy. The chowder had a smooth, silky texture which complimented the crunchy pepitas nicely.

This Sweet Corn Chowder topped with chorizo and pumpkin seeds from Townhouse in Downtown Detroit was a good way to start our meal. This chowder combines spicy, creamy, and nutty flavors without being super heavy. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Brussel Sprouts: Balsamic Brown Butter, Parmesan, Pistachio. Since I love pistachios, I couldn’t pass up this dish. I liked that the Brussel Sprouts were tender on the inside, yet crispy and caramelized on the outside, but they were a little overcooked for my liking. The Parmesan adds a nice salty flavor which paired well with the balsamic.

The Brussel Sprouts from Townhouse in Downtown Detroit are topped with toasted pistachios and salty Parmesan cheese. The combination of balsamic and crispy Brussel Sprouts is delicious. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Shrimp Tempura Verde Roll: Crab, Granny Smith Apple, Japanese Salsa Verde, Cilantro Crystals. If you know me, you know that I love verde sauce. So much, in fact, that I often request it at my late night Taco Bell visits even though I know they don’t carry it. Ridiculous, I know, but I just have hope that one time I will ask and they will have a different answer.

Fun Fact: Verde sauce is a regional TB menu item. You can imagine how excited I was when I was in Arizona a couple months ago and was rewarded verde sauce. I asked for my favorite condiment as I usually do ready to be disappointed yet again, only to be told that not only did this Taco Bell have it, but they actually make it fresh. Score!

Anyways, back to this sushi roll. This verde sauce was on point. Fresh, slightly acidic and tart, adding a nice brightness to the crunchy tempura. The Granny Smith apple was a nice addition and added a sweet texture. I didn’t taste the crystalized cilantro, but since it can be overpowering, this was a good thing.

The Shrimp Tempura Verde Roll from Townhouse in Downtown Detroit is the perfect choice if you want something refreshing. The bright, fresh, verde sauce and cilantro really wake up your taste buds. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Chicken Meatballs: Tomato Sugo, Parmigiano Reggiano, Basil. I liked that these meatballs were a change from the usual beef meatball. They were light and I didn’t feel bad eating them. The sauce was decent, slightly sweet, with a hint of heat. I also appreciated that there was enough sauce for each bite of meatball. The meatball itself could’ve used more seasoning.

The Chicken Meatballs from Townhouse in Downtown Detroit are packed full of flavor. The sugo sauce is your classic Italian red sauce with a sweet and robust tomato flavor. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Service was good and the restaurant gave off good vibes. Townhouse offers Happy Hour and daily dinner specials. I didn’t save room for dessert, but I had my eye on the Hot Chocolate Creme Brûlée and the Fried Bread Pudding. I will definitely be back to taste dessert and eat my way through the sushi menu.

Shout out to Chris for a fun night! Thanks for sharing with me.

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Troy: Ocean Prime

Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli at Ocean Prime is light and delicate, with a tangy, creamy filling. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

(Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli with Golden Oak Mushrooms)

Ocean Prime is an upscale dining destination specializing in prime seafood and steaks. I was invited to taste their Happy Hour menu this past week including appetizers, small plates, and cocktail specials. With an emphasis on presentation and detail, Ocean Prime sets to create remarkable dining experiences. Their “smoking” displays (getting creative with dry ice) really exhibit the dedication and passion to wow their guests. Ocean Prime offers a menu featuring American dishes done with modern, sophisticated execution including White Truffle Cavier Deviled Eggs and Duroc Pork Chops.

Berries and Bubbles cocktail at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI is spooky and theatrical. It includes dry ice which gives it a bubbling and smoky effect. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Berries and Bubbles: Belvedere Citrus, Crème de Cassis, House made sour, Domaine Chandon Brut, Grand Marnier marinated berries. A little sour meets slight fruity fizz.  Pretty cool! This drink is made with dry ice which gave it a smoky, bubbling effect.

The Berries and Bubbles cocktail is light and refreshing, with a slightly sour citrus punch. The sweetness from the berries and Grand Marnier balances the flavors. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Tuna Tartare: Ahi tuna, chilled, diced, and tossed in soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, stacked as a tower with avocado tossed in lime juice, wasabi drizzle, and fried wontons in ginger ponzu sauce. Garnished with sour cream, pickled ginger, toasted sesame seeds, scallions. Light, refreshing, with a touch of heat. With each bite, you got a nuttiness from the sesame seeds and a crunch from the fried wontons. The sweet, citrus ponzu sauce was a nice addition and the tuna melted in your mouth.

The Tuna Tartare is great if you want a light, yet satisfying dish. It combines buttery tuna, avocado, fried wontons, ginger ponzu sauce, and garnished with pickled ginger and sour cream. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Somerset Roll: (Pictured on left). Tempura Shrimp, Cream Cheese, Scallion, Beef Carpaccio (pounded thin and served raw). The beef carpaccio was a unique twist and it worked. The cream cheese added a slight tang that went well with the sweet sauce.

Tuna Roll (Pictured on right). Spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber. I was a little disappointed there wasn’t more to this roll. I liked that the tuna was on top, but it was pretty basic. I can get a spicy tuna roll like this anywhere.

The Somerset Roll at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI pairs tempura shrimp with beef carpaccio. The tempura adds a nice texture while the cream cheese brings a rich and tangy element that aligns well with the sweet sauce. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Shrimp Saute: Jumbo shrimp sautéed in white wine garlic sauce, Tabasco, & grape tomatoes.  Served with sourdough crostini with aged Swiss and Provolone cheeses gratineed on top and garnished with minced chives. I am not sure I understood the idea behind this dish and how the ingredients fit together. The Tabasco cream sauce was tasty with subtle heat, and the shrimp was fresh and succulent. However, the crostini was so soggy from the cheese and sauce, that when I first tried it, I thought it was just a piece of fried cheese. It tasted good, but the cheese was heavy and it was hard to distinguish what it was until we asked our server. It would have been better with a more substantial piece of bread like a baguette with a light dusting of cheese added right before it was served.

The Shrimp Saute at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI sits in a pool of tobacco cream sauce. The appetizer is served with a sour dough crostini topped with melted Swiss and Provolone cheeses. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Point Judith Calamari: Fried and tossed with hoison, soy, and sweet Thai chili sauces with carrots, red peppers, bean sprouts, candied cashews, snap peas and scallions. The sauce was sweet, slightly spicy, thick, and tacky, and really adhered to the lightly fried calamari. The calamari was still crispy despite being dressed with a generous amount of sauce. The garnish of veggies and candied cashews added a fresh, crunchy texture.

Point Judith Calamari at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI is tender, lightly breaded with a crispy texture. The sweet, Thai chili sauce is tacky, sticky, and adheres to every curve of the calamari. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Lamb Lollipops: Teriyaki marinated Australian lamb rib chops.  Frenched (exposed ribs), roasted, seared, and glazed with Teriyaki marinade reduction on a bed of soy butter sauce. The lamb was heavily seasoned which was appreciated, but it was overcooked (served well done) and a little dry. I liked the soy butter sauce. It was salty, rich, with a nice sweetness to finish it off.

The Lamb Lollipops at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI come drenched in a sweet and salty soy butter. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

Butter Cake: House-made warm, golden butter cake, with fresh berries, vanilla ice cream, served with a house-made raspberry sauce. This dessert took me back to my childhood when I used to eat butter cookies with my grandma. It was warm, simple, yet complex with the different layers of flavor. First, you tasted the warm, sweet, cake, then the fresh berries, creamy cool vanilla ice cream, and it was completed with a tart raspberry sauce. In one spoonful, I scored a crispy, crunchy edge of the cake which almost had a caramelized element to it.

The Butter Cake at Ocean Prime in Troy, MI is sweet enough to satisfy your craving, but not too overindulgent. The fresh, seasonal berries add natural sweetness that compliment the sugary vanilla ice cream. The raspberry sauce is warm, tart, and syrupy. Find the full post at www.thebitetonight.wordpress.com

The “smoking” presentation included in dishes such as the Shellfish Tower, Shrimp Cocktail and the Berries and Bubbles cocktail is creative and theatrical. Overall, you can taste the quality and feel the effort put forth in each dish at Ocean Prime. Service was above average and the staff knows their stuff when it comes to the menu and recommendations. Be sure to take advantage of Ocean Prime’s Happy Hour happening weekdays from 4-7 PM which includes $5 off cocktails and sushi rolls, and specially priced appetizers and small plates.

  • Join Ocean Prime for an Easter Brunch Sunday, April 16th beginning at 11 AM featuring Blood Orange Mimosa, Smoked Salmon, Crab & Eggs, Braised Short Rib Surf and Turf, and more!
  • Surf & Turf Sundays: 2 courses featuring an 8 oz filet with your choice of Sea Scallops, Crab Cakes, or Shrimp Scampi for $55/person. Select bottles of wine for half priced.

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Downtown Detroit: Maru Sushi

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Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5  bites

Price: 3 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites (slower than expected wait time on a Sunday afternoon)

Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5 bites (menu and décor)

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Maru Sushi Key

Rooster Sauce: A fancy, hipster name for Sriracha.

Soy Paper: AKA Mamenori. Thin wrappers made out of soybean.

Kampyo: Dried gourd shavings.

Burn Sauce: Hot, spicy, condiment

Fantasy Sauce: Red, sweet and spicy sauce

Maru Sushi set up shop in November 2016 and has been a hit ever since. The spot occupies space in the Federal Reserve Building on Fort St in Downtown Detroit. My favorite feature is the wacked out menu. Expect to find creative roll names like Super Mario (featuring marinated shitake mushrooms) and Beach Party (with tuna, crab salad, avocado, cuke). You can also get soups, salads, noodles, and entrees off the hibachi grill. See how they ranked.

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Mahalo Roll: Tempura shrimp, avocado, spicy mayo, topped with yellowtail and pineapple salad (red pepper, cucumber, carrot, and pico de gallo). The crunch of the tempura shrimp added texture to the yellowtail and creamy avocado. The spicy mayo added just enough heat. The pineapple salad was bright, sweet, and a refreshing addition. Very tropical and one of my favorites!

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Crouching Tiger: Panko fried shrimp, cream cheese, crab salad, topped with shrimp, avocado, fantasy sauce, eel sauce, honey wasabi aioli, masago (roe: fish eggs) and scallion. The panko added a light crunch to the cream cheese. I really liked the combo of shrimp, crab salad, and fried shrimp. The spice from the fantasy sauce and the sweetness from the eel sauce and honey wasabi took my taste buds for a ride. First you got spicy, then sweet, then heat from the wasabi. Multiple layers of flavor.

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Sexy Bacon: Cherrywood smoked bacon, cucumber, asparagus, crab stick, tempura crunch, in soy paper, with fantasy sauce, eel sauce, creamy garlic sauce and shredded nori. Did someone say Bacon?! Ahhh! This was amazing. Smoky, sweet, crunchy, salty, creamy all exploding onto your taste buds. The soy paper was a nice change. I could not get enough of the fantasy sauce. Seriously, addicting.

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Honeymoon: crab stick, salmon, albacore, cucumber, kampyo, topped with eel sauce, served with tempura crunch and rooster sauce. The rooster sauce added a nice spicy chili flavor and the sweet eel sauce balanced out the heat. The salmon and tuna went well with the fresh cucumber then at the end you got this nice crunch from the tempura. Well done!

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Check out the happy hour menu and daily specials. I am always game to cut costs when I can so this is great. Maru Sushi gets an A+ in the quality category. They use the finest, local ingredients, featuring organic produce, and wild caught fish when possible. They also offer a healthier option of brown rice ($1 extra) and vegan friendly items. Awesome!

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Hapa Sushi

Today on the Bite Tonight: Hapa Sushi

Last, but not least, Hapa Sushi marks the end of our Colorado feast. Hapa comes from the Hawaiian term that describes a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures. After an afternoon of shopping the 16th St Mall in Denver’s LoDo (Lower Downtown) during the Zombie Crawl which consisted of a bunch of people dressed up in blood and guts, we stopped in to recharge. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Edamame: Steamed soy beans lightly salted. You have to start off with edamame! It’s light, healthy, and a great source of protein.

Edamame at sushi CO

Fuji Apple Blue Salad: Sliced Fuji apples and field greens tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette topped with blue cheese and candied pecans. The crisp bite of the apple meshed well with the tangy and salty blue cheese and sweet and caramelized pecans. The light vinaigrette was the perfect dressing because it allowed the stars of the plate to stand out without taking away from the bold flavors. Delicious!

Apple blue cheese salad at sushi

Sushi (From left to right)

Caterpillar Roll: Broiled freshwater eel and cucumber wrapped in avocado topped with sweet soy. Love the sweetness of the eel and soy. The cucumber and avocado is the perfect duo to really balance your taste buds. If you haven’t tried an eel roll, get on it! It’s cooked so that might help convince you. Really tasty!

Hapa Roll (Spicy Tuna): Spicy Tuna and cucumber. I am not a fan of spicy tuna, but the girls said this roll was tasty. The crispy cucumber adds a crunch to the spicy and creamy tuna.

California Roll: Crab, avocado, and cucumber. One my my favorite go to’s because it’s pretty safe and tasty. A “beginner” roll, if you will. Creamy crab and avocado complimented the fresh and crispy cucumber perfectly.

Asparagus Roll: Light veggie roll. Sometimes this is needed to off set all the fish. Very fresh. I really like the vibrant color of the asparagus and the tender yet crunchy texture.

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Service was OK (there were a couple times that my water needed refilling), but in the servers defense, I am very thirsty. I really liked that the menu broke down the sushi into different categories: Beginner, Intermediate, Vegetarian, and Hapa Original Rolls. I thought this was a very organized approach to sushi and if it was one of your first times eating sushi or even to this restaurant, it made your lunch decision that much easier. Hapa also offers lunch and dinner specials, online reservations and ordering, and gluten free options. If the savory isn’t enough to bring you in, Hapa is dishing up some delicious desserts like Mocha Ice Cream and Banana Tempura Split. Stop in and indulge!

Ladies, the trip was packed full of so much fun and excitement that it’s hard to believe we did it all in just three days. I can’t wait to do it again. Here’s to us and our travel pledge.

Meet me in Denver. ❤

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Sushi Kami

Today on the Bite Tonight: Sushi Kami

Located on Eureka Rd in Southgate, MI is Sushi Kami. Sushi Kami now occupies the spot where Black Pine Tree used to be located before they moved down the street. Sushi Kami has great specials. Myself, Kate, Nastassia, Michelle, and the kids went there for the 12.99 sushi buffet which includes up to 4 select rolls and 4 appetizers. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Edamame: Lightly salted soybeans.

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Gyoza (dumpling): Lightly fried for a killer crisp. Stuffed with a yummy pork filling.

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Obama Roll (Top): Crab meat, cucumber, and avocado covered in a sweet signature sauce, tempura style and topped with fried potato shavings. Always a winner! If you haven’t tried this roll, get on it! Creamy, crunchy, sweet, and salty all in one. 

Crazy Kami Roll (Bottom): Avocado and some other delicious ingredients topped with crab meat, sweet signature sauce. You can’t go wrong with the sweet sauce! It is great with the salty and spicy explosion you get from the soy and wasabi.

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Service was good and our orders came out pretty quickly. The only bad thing about the sushi buffet is that you won’t be able to finish what you order, so tread lightly. If you have a lot leftover, you will get charged around 40-50 cents per roll. I thought I could knock out two specialty sushi rolls, but I didn’t even come close. It is well worth the money and I can’t wait to go back now that I know what I’m capable of. Stop in and check it out!

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Sushi Bar

Today on the Bite Tonight: Sushi Bar

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I am taking a little break from Texas eats to feature Sushi Bar, located on Maple, in Downtown Wyandotte, MI. Josh and I visited this restaurant a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. Offering Japanese cuisine using only the finest ingredients, a full bar, and lunch specials, Sushi Bar is Downrivers go to sushi spot. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Here’s the sushi bar:

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California Roll (Left): Crab Stick, Cucumber, Avocado And Caviar On The Top, Rolled With Rice And Seaweed. Classic and delicious!

Henry Ford Roll (Middle): Crab Stick, Cucumber, Rice and Seaweed. Lightly Fried. Just as delicious as the California roll, but deep fried and really good.

Multiple Orgasm Roll (Right): Rolled with Rice and Seaweed Filled with Salmon, Spicy Crab, Tuna, Avocado then Lightly Fried. Topped with Spicy Mayo. My favorite! The creaminess of the avocado complimented the spicy mayo and crab. I really liked the slight crunch of the roll. The spice wasn’t too overpowering either.

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I was really impressed with the quality of the rolls. They were tightly rolled and didn’t fall apart. You could really taste the fresh ingredients with each bite. Service was good and the prices were reasonable. Sushi Bar has a nicely decorated dining room with flat screen TV’s. I also really liked that the names of the menu items were local: Detroit Roll and Biddle Roll. Kudos for “shouting out” to the community. Stop in and check em out!

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Wasabi Korean & Japanese Cuisine

Today on the Bite Tonight: Wasabi

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Located in Midtown on Woodward Ave and Kirby St, is Wasabi Korean & Japanese Cuisine. Offering a wide array of Korean and Japanese selections, Wasabi has been a favorite in Detroit since 2008. We were disappointed that the lunch boxes aren’t available on the weekends (that’s what brought us there), but we still managed to make the most of it. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 2.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Avocado & Pickled Radish Sushi Rolls: Fresh, light and delicious!

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Chicken Tang Soo Yook: Deep fried chicken and mixed vegetables in Korean sweet
and sour sauce. For the most part this dish came equipped with the expected fruits, veggies, and lightly battered fried chicken. But, despite the description on the menu, there were pieces of fish thrown into the mix. You can imagine the horror on my moms face when she found out what she was eating were small pieces of fish and not a vegetable.

Side note: MY MOM DOESN’T LIKE FISH.

Dinner for 3: $60

The look on my moms face when she asked our server what the tasteless, white thing on her plate was, then was informed it was fish: Priceless!

Other than the deceiving explanation, this dish was good. The chicken was crispy and wasn’t covered with a large amount of breading. The sauce was thick and that perfect balance of sweet and sour.

Tip: If you put something as significant as fish in a dish, put it on the menu, please!

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Bu Lkogi: Thinly sliced tender rib eye marinated in Korean barbecue sauce. The flavor of the steak was slightly sweet and delicious. The marinade made the steak super tender. The only thing I wished for was a little more sauce so I asked the server for a side of Teriyaki which took the dish to the next level. The fresh fruit garnish lightened up the fact that you were eating rib eye.

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Dolsot Bibimbab: Assorted vegetables over rice with beef and fried egg baked
in hot stone bowl served with Korean hot paste on the side. This was my brother’s pick and I almost wished I would’ve ordered one for myself. First of all, the fact that the food is cooked in a hot stone bowl and comes sizzling to your table is amazing. The dish reminded me of a deconstructed or layered fried rice. Once it arrived at the table, my brother mixed up all the ingredients and broke the egg yolk. Bibimbab means “mixed rice” and that is exactly what this tasty dish is.

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What I liked about Wasabi is that you had your choice of Korean or Japanese dishes. It was really slow for being a Saturday afternoon and because of that service lacked slightly. However, I was really impressed with the unique (to me) menu items and the fresh homemade fruit sake. We tried the Pineapple and Ginseng flavors and there were pretty good. I have frequented many Japanese places, but now I can add a Korean restaurant to my list. Thanks, Wasabi.

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