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Chaya Brasserie – San Francisco, CA

Chaya Brasserie 
132 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105 

Once in a blue moon I am whisked away to some fancy restaurant with ridiculously high prices and small portions.  It was a blue moon last Friday.  This restaurant has a beautiful view of SF Bay and the bridge, a great classy lounge vibe, with homey decor to make it feel like you’re dining in your house.  Your very expensive house.

Rainbow Sashimi and Seaweed Salad – $18

Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallops and Crispy Veal Sweetbreads – $16

San Francisco Roll & Salmon Skin Roll

Honey-Coffee Glazed Duck Breast – $28

The food was very very good, the fish was fresh and melted in your mouth.  My favorite was the scallops and sweetbreads, they’re to die for…I’ve never had such amazing scallops before.  And now I can say I know why there’s been so much hype about sweetbreads – SO GOOD!  My duck breast was very tender and seasoned well, I loved the honey coffee glaze on the skin, that was the best part.  But alas, I won’t be eating these kinds of meals every day, it was very pricey.



Mizu Sushi Bar and Grill – San Jose, CA

Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill
1035 S Winchester Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128

One of the most fresh sushi and sashimi I have ever had.  I was craving sashimi and this definitely hit the spot.  I can now understand why it has almost 30,000 check-ins.

We ordered the spicy tuna salad to start off with, because for some reason we didn’t think a sushi boat would be filling…it came with mixed greens and fresh tuna sashimi pieces with a spicy sriracha dressing.  We all know I can’t eat spicy but I kept shoving this in my mouth because it was so good!

The sushi boat is $29.95 a person and you need to have a minimum of two people to order it, but boy…it is so worth it.  It came with everything!  Tuna, Albacore, Yellowtail, Salmon, Halibut, White Tuna, Eel, Shrimp…you name it.  I was in heaven. I don’t remember the name of the rolls on the boat but they were really good as well.  They also had fried shrimp heads which I thought was random, but they were mouthwatering too!

It’s not every day you get to eat this, so I’m grateful to my cousins for treating me out.  Being the princess in the family has its perks haha.

I am definitely coming back here to try their other rolls and dinner items, this place is so good!


Sushi Factory – San Jose

On one of our final meals in Norcal, we went to Sushi Factory, an AYCE sushi buffet.

I don’t recall much of it, now. I do remember how puny the inari were (each order came with 2 measly inari). And I thought their hand rolls were pretty decent.


All in all, I don’t think it can compare to Midori (review here), another AYCE chain down in Socal.

Address: 4632 Meridian Ave San Jose, CA 95124 | map

Peace, Justin

Stuffed inari sushi with mushroom rice

Quick recipe perfect for picnics.

The only thing is that you need inari skins (can be found at most Asian supermarkets). Mushroom-flavored rice is optional. 🙂


  • Ready-made inari skins
  • Cooked rice
  • Diced shiitake mushrooms and carrots


  1. Boil readymade inari skins. (Or if they’re in a can, follow the instructions. I used packaged skins).
  2. Cook rice with diced carrots and mushrooms.
  3. Season rice with rice seasoning or some sweet soy sauce, per taste.
  4. Fill the pouches and voila.

P.S. Be careful with filling and opening up the skins. They’re pretty delicate.


Sushirrito – San Francisco

Before the trip to SF, all us had planned out a pretty detailed itinerary (food places included) on Google Docs, after compiling lists of places and narrowing down, for efficiency’s sake.

Alvin heard about a fusion sushi place called Sushiritto (serving fusion sushi burritos, as the portmanteau implies), so we decided to check it out while were in the Union Square district. I still recall the pouring rain in the city and thinking to myself what a terrible day it was to be outside.

The place itself is pretty unassuming and plain. And even though the menu options are limited, everything was pretty pricey (<$8/dish is cheap in my books). The signature rolls (basically burrito-sized sushi rolls) all ranged from $8 to $12.

Alvin and I ordered the mid-priced Latin Ninja roll ($9), which comes with Salmon, Mango, Avocado, Asparagus, Daikon Radish, Meyer Lemon, Pickled Red Onion, Cilantro, Green Onion. in a Sauce: Ginger Serrano.

Verdict: nothing spectacular or worth waiting in line for. It tasted like a regular ole sushi roll, except with unusual fillings like mango. More importantly, THAT alone is definitely not enough to satisfy my hunger. All hype, no substance.

Address: 59 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94106 | map


Pork sung sushi (肉鬆壽司)

Pork sung sushi (肉鬆壽司) has a special place in my heart, because all the Taiwanese moms would pack these as snacks for their kids. And we would eat them at the playground.

I decided to take a stab at it and try making it myself for a picnic and it was a fair success considering it’s my first time even making sushi.

Ingredients (top to bottom, left to right):

  • Cucumber
  • Black sesame seeds (for California style rolls)
  • Sushi rice vinegar (added to rice after it cooks)
  • Japanese rice
  • Rousong (pork floss or pork sung)
  • Seaweed sheets
  • Sushi mat

Slice the cucumber into narrow strips to put into the sushi. Remove the seeds.

On the vinegar mat, lay the rough side of the seaweed sheet facing upward. Spread a thin layer of rice on top, and lay out the cucumber slices and pork floss.

Using the sushi mat, roll up the sushi firmly to form a nice and tight tube. Spread a few rice grains at the end to make the seaweed sheet stick.

To make California style rolls, I laid out some plastic wrap on the sushi mat and added a layer of rice above the seaweed sheet. After rolling up the sushi “tube,” I sprinkled some sesame seeds on the outside to make it prettier.

Tada! Looks delectable, doesn’t it?


Resto Review: Hollywood’s Sushi Moon

Sushi Moon is a Korean-Japanese sushi bar located in a pretty shady part of Hollywood. Even the parking lot sign of the strip mall tells ya not to gamble or drink on premises.. My roommates and I finally tried their AYCE deal for $20 for the first (and last) time.

The atmosphere was decent and cozy. There are origami cranes hanging from the ceiling and only a handful of tables, but oddly enough, the waitress/server was sitting on a table in the back with her Toshiba laptop open, apparently watching a Korean drama. Guess it was a slow night.

I hate to bag on the sushi-making, but it was pretty inefficient and slow. There was only one sushi chef, who could churn out only 2 rounds of sushi for us before closing time, which was disappointing. We didn’t exactly imagine we’d have to negotiate with him on which rolls to make—not exactly what we had in mind for AYCE.

I honestly lost track of what we ordered, so I’ll just post up the interesting choices we made.

Sashimi. They were the perfect temperature, but the highlights were the spiced albacore and yellowfin tuna, which melted in the mouth like butter. Yum.

Inari, which are pretty hard to mess up in the first place. Decently-sized too.

Superman roll, one of the specialty rolls we got. It reminded me of a chicken wrap. But the skin of the sushi was too elastic.

My favorite of the night: lobster roll, basically rolls with avocado and cucumber and cooked lobster garnished on top. It was REALLY good. The popcorn roll (popcorn lobster sprinkled on tuna rolls) was done similarly.

The avocado roll was the last order they made for us before closing time. Nothing special, but I liked the sauce that came with it.

All in all, the AYCE deal was not worth it, considering the wait in between orders. Granted, the sushi was made neatly and the fish was pretty fresh. But now that I’ve experienced Midori, I don’t think I can ever go back to any other AYCE sushi place.

Address: 6775 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038 | Yelp


Japanese Food Night

Japanese Food Night!
(August 25, 2010)

Michelle made spam musubi and Josie made onigiri with tuna filling and egg rolls with spinach inside.  SO GOOD.