Nao Sushi

Nao Sushi 直寿し on UrbanspoonI somehow had the preconception that this restaurant was slightly higher-end place, so I was a bit disappointed to find that it wasn’t. The interior was simple with not much decor. Rows of tables and chairs which were quite packed already. It seemed a bit stuffy inside.

I was 20 minutes early to see my acquaintance, but I was seated at a table near the bar, with the grey dish bins across from my view. Without being asked, the server brought two cups of tea. Surely, the tea would be cold by the time my company arrived.

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The place was quite busy, so I felt a little bad for taking up a table as I waited, but most of the people lining up were waiting for bigger than ‘for 2′ tables. Unfortunately, my acquaintance wasn’t going to be able to make it at the last minute, and so our meeting was called off. I didn’t want to walk out without getting any food as I had driven all the way here (out of my way), so I ordered a Negitoro roll $2.50 and an Alaska roll $3.95 to go. The wait time for take out was alright. Service depended on who you were dealing with.

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The food was good and was inexpensive. It was an average sushi place. Would I go back? Maybe, if I was in the area and craving sushi.

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Naam Restaurant

Naam on UrbanspoonSheepie and I just happened to pass by this restaurant after dining at Yak Yeti. It was around 10pm, but it was jam packed with hustling servers who were dressed in hipster clothing which you can easily confused as a customer. Our server was the oldest, and seemed like a manager. He was friendly, but did not look at us in the eye once, or even in our direction for that matter.
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idearabbit-naam3Since we were full after the dinner, we only had a tea $2.95 and a Raspberry Chocolate Cake $6.75. It was toppled with frozen raspberry bits, and I didn’t find the cake to be any good. I couldn’t believe they were charging nearly $7 for it. Terrible.

idearabbit-naam4It was a bit run down, the table wobbly and a noisy atmosphere, so it was not my cup of tea. Sheepie on the other hand was reminiscing a cafe similar in Berlin (Schwarzes Cafe) which he used to go to, late at night. Naam is open 24/7.

I have read some good reviews on the food they serve, but not really interested unless a friend drags me there. Maybe it’s not fair just to judge on their dessert…but other things didn’t really wow me either.

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Zipang Provisions

Zipang Provisions on UrbanspoonNot to be confused with ‘Zipang Sushi’, Zipang Provisions is located on the hipster street of Main street. The restaurant is so hipster-ish that you almost would not think that this is a sushi-ya or even a Japanese restaurant. The logo is also designed in a  hipster-ish style. With the interior designed with wood, metal and vintage decor, one would think that they have mistakenly walked into the wrong restaurant.

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Water in big milk glass bottles were a nice touch to the hipster theme and avoided having to ask servers for more water. There didn’t seem to be any AC on a hot summer day and I was (gasp) sweating really bad. It was humid and hot, so even a fan would have been nice.

We had a table for about 14 people for lunch. On weekends at lunch, Zipang has a special menu which is pretty decent.

I ordered the Pork Cutlet Combo $9.80 which comes with salad, miso soup, agedashi tofu and a bowl of rice with 3 deep friend pork cutlets. The miso soup had sliced daikon which reminded me of my mom’s miso soup, and the miso they used were very good ones. They had two pieces of tofu and one eggplant in the ‘age’ (deep friend) dish. I am not a fan of starch used in sauce, so I didn’t like how the sauce was really jelly. But that is only my preference. Taste on the other hand was very good. The pork was a disappointment. It was very hard and dry, almost impossible to eat. Since it also wasn’t cut up, it made eating very difficult and unpleasant eating a huge chunk of meat with chopsticks.

idearabbit-zipangsushi5 idearabbit-zipangsushi7Other people had ordered the special AAA Steak $14.80 (with miso soup, rice, agedashi tofu) and none of them got knives and forks until we asked for one. My friend who ordered the BBQ with the soup had to ask for a spoon because it becomes almost like congee. For a Japanese restaurant, I thought all of this was inconsiderate for them not to have these come with the food. It should be a no-brainer, and I would assume it would have been in Japan. Too many would have complained already – lol.

However, I did have a bite of the steak and it was really good! Sheepie though was not happy that after telling them to cook it rare, they still cooked it through too much.

idearabbit-zipangsushi6Chef’s Choice Assorted Sashimi Combo $15.80 with 5 daily assorted sashimi with small green salad, agedashi tofu, miso soup and rice.

My friend and I kept complaining about the really uncomfortable metal chairs along the long table. They were definitely not good for sitting and it kept scratching my bare legs at the back.

One friend really liked the place and said he definitely wants to return.

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