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Friday happy hour at this casually stylish spot (a seafood spinoff of the old-school Benihana Japanese steak-house chain) has long been legendary among savvy sushi fans seeking a bargain. From 5 to 8 p.m., the price of a nine-buck specialty cocktail gets you two drinks and unlimited trips to a small but tasty buffet of sushi and Pan-Asian snacks. Don't pass up the regular menu, though; prices are no lower than those at any SoBe sushi bar, but dishes are generally more creative. Especially recommended is the carpaccio (salmon, hamachi, or ahi) in beautifully balanced sauces; crispy rock shrimp and oriental basil leaves; and a spicy, crispy salmon roll. There's also a large selection of vegetarian items and an extensive list of boutique sakes.
The year was 1991. The setting, after-hours at a seafood restaurant at the end of a pier in Newport Beach, California, where I worked as a waitress. The main players included me, and a bartender named Lee Ray (pronounced with the same emphasis... More »
Enter the Dragon -- and I do mean that literally. China Grill has debuted its private seating area, called the Dragon Room, featuring traditional Japanese sushi spiked with local influences. In other words, we're talking about the Havana Roll,... More »
Perhaps it's the fact that Hanukkah happens so early this year. Or the amount of spare time I've suddenly had in the evenings after I canceled out on several events, the result of a terrible case of asthma-inducing bronchitis. (An illness that... More »
If I could I would go more often to Doraku. Their waiters are great, the food is fantastic AND the ambiance does not compare to those other wanna-be "hip" and "cool" places. The only down side is not finding this place sooner.
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