I’ve been on a pretty good run of luck sushi places. I was hoping it would not end at Edo. I wanted them to be good mostly because they are not far from my place. It’s always good to have great food around you and, for the most part, what’s around me is average at best. I opened the door to go in and realized I might have made a mistake. It was just me, the sushi chef, the waitress, and the thought that I should have gone for Italian. Nobody else was in the place.
Edo sushi & Grill – Ventura on Telegraph and Victoria
I went ahead and took this order to go. I don’t really like being the only one in a place ’cause then I feel guilty and order more then I’ll eat. Plus, they were staring at me. They either were glad to see me ’cause fat guys order a lot of sushi, or because they wanted to add me to the menu as a Mikey Roll. Continue reading
I’ve been doing well on finding some decent sushi lately. I was out running some errands and actually just happened upon Ozekii’s. They call themselves a California style sushi restaurant, which usually means more avocado, asparagus, cucumber, and produce in general. They have a lot of different dishes and most of them are very colorful and have plenty of fish and produce. Not to mention, they are probably the nicest group of sushi makers I’ve been to in quite a while. Continue reading
I finally hit up this Japanese place that I’d heard some good things about. Sumo is tucked away in the corner of the Ralph’s shopping center off of Victoria. I brought along my resident sushi expert for kids, my boy T. It was a good thing I brought him too, because he had to help me find the door. There is no signage and no arrows or lights to guide you. You just pick the closest blank door to the corner and there it is. Both T and I had I hopes that this Sumo would be tons better than the Sumo in Camarillo.
Sumo Japanese Restaurant – Ventura off of Victoria in Ralph’s shopping center.
Sumo is more than just a sushi place. They have a pretty large menu and a lot of specials. I would say sushi is just a small piece to their business, but it is what T and I were interested in. I’ve never found much interest in the chicken and steak dishes unless they are cooking in front of you. I very rarely will order anything but sushi from a Japanese joint.
Sumo is a very nice restaurant. It provides sushi bar seats, full tables, and booths. It’s very clean and modern and the service is pretty good. One of the things I notice a lot of sushi places doing is bringing you a cup of ice and then a can of coke when you order a soda. I kinda, at least, like having the illusion I’m not at a block party. This place has the full on fountain drinks and gives you a hefty “man glass,” which beats the can and cup any day of the week. Continue reading
My Mom and I went out on Sunday for Father’s day. Since my Dad passed a few years back, we’ve kinda made it into a little family tradition. Usually we go someplace nice because that’s what Mom deserves. This year, I gave her three options to choose from and since she was in the mood for seafood, she picked Fins in Westlake.
Fins – Westlake Blvd. and Townsgate in Westlake Village
I was pretty excited to eat here because I had heard good things. The decor is upscale and the service is professional, if not overly so. We got there on time for our reservation and were sat immediately. Things seemed to be starting off quite nicely.
It has been a long time since I’ve had a waitress put my napkin in my lap for me. I find the practice annoying and was put off when the waitress grabbed my napkin and unceremoniously dropped it in my lap. I was even more annoyed when she did the same thing to my mom. I mean, this is Westlake Village, not Beverly Hills. Here’s my new rule: If jackets aren’t required to dine, don’t touch my damn napkin. Continue reading
Maki Yaki is a franchised sushi joint. I guess you could say it’s the Arby’s of sushi. It’s not as fast food as a San Sai, but it is more fast food than your locally owned sushi restaurant. The question remains, though, how does the quality stand up to other sushi restaurants?
Maki Yaki – On Thompson in Ventura – Also with many locations in CA and surrounding states.
I was at the Ventura location, not this one.
Tonight, Mikey and I are premiering a new weekly column for the site. With Hell’s Kitchen winding down (thank god) we are proactively filling the void with a show that’s actually worth watching: Deadliest Catch. This weekly column will probably go up on Wednesdays, but because I was retarded and forgot to tivo the 1st episode, I had to wait until tonight to watch the rerun. Each week, it is my hope that we can not only give a little commentary on the show, but also a review on the culinary bounty that is the ocean. First the show, then the review… enjoy!
I took on a high end steak house in Ventura called the Aloha Steak House. Personally, I don’t normally hit up places where the average meal costs $30 to $40 dollars a plate, but this place gets business and a lot of people like it so I wanted to add it to EatMeCalifornia’s list.
Aloha Steak House – Off of California near the Fairgrounds.