Restaurant Review: Spicy Tuna

With the help of a friend, I have recently started a kimono club in my area. And it has really blossomed! Within a week of starting, we have thirty members, including geisha and samurai enthusiasts, a kanzashi maker, and cosplayers. All are interested in kimono! I think this is really awesome. For awhile I felt pretty alone in the area; sure, I knew one or two other people that might have shared my interests, but I thought we were just weirdos in a cultural dead zone.  Not so! Now we have the Northwest Ohio Kimono Club, and last night was our first meeting at a swinging little sushi bar called Spicy Tuna. If you are looking for good eats in the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan area, definitely check this place out. Half of sushi and sake on Wednesdays!

Here’s  review and some pictures!

RESTAURANT: Spicy Tuna
STYLE: Japanese
LOCATION: Holland, OH
HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 11:30 am-10:00 pm, Friday-Saturday: 11:30 am-2:00 am, Sunday 11:30-9:00 pm
PRICE RANGE: Moderate. Lunch $7-$15, dinner $9-$20 for entrees. Sushi prices vary. Wednesdays are haf off specific rolls.
WEBSITE: http://www.spicytunasushi.com/
KATY CRAYON”S RATING: **** out of 5.
KATY CRAYON’S FAVORITE DISHES TO ORDER: Philly roll, miso soup

REVIEW: Great atmosphere and great fun. It’s not your typical sushi joint. Traditional Japanese decor is replaced with more modern Asian-esque art and anime-style murals. Chinese dishes are served as well as Japanese, and there are vegetarian options, so there’s a little something for everyone. The food was really good (as was the sake!), but there was a slight problem: we had a party of 15 (we had made reservations for 10!), almost all of us ordered sushi, and there was one sushi chef. I had finished my appetizer, dinner, and dessert before some of out party had gotten their entrees. I doubt that’s typical…the poor sushi chef looked like he was ready to curl up into a ball. The staff more than made up for the waits with some complementary items. My $7 dessert was on the house, some people got free sake or martinis.

Spicy Tuna also offers a pool room, though they do leagues on Wednesday night so if you go on Wednesday for the half-off sushi and sake, don’t expect to play pool. I do recommend checking the place out, though, especially if you are looking for good Asian food with a good experience along with it!

Pictures!

The sushi that my hubby and I split: philly roll, tuna and crab, eel and avocado, spicy california:

Dessert? Mochi ice cream! I had plum, mango, and vanilla. I loved the presentation!

The kimono wearers of the group:

The tenticle monster in the pool room:

Too see more pictures, check out my flickr page!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40974005@N06/

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Restaurant Review: KotoBuki

I’ve deciding to start doing restaurant reviews in order to get more of my friends and family interested in my blog.

Today’s review is for my favorite local restaurant! I don’t have any pictures from it but future reviews will have pictures.

RESTAURANT: KotoBuki
STYLE: Japanese
LOCATION: Sylvania, OH
HOURS: 11:30-2:00 for lunch, 5:00-10:00 for dinner. Closed Sunday.
PRICE RANGE: Moderate. $7-$15 for lunch, $10 and up for dinner. Sushi roll prices vary by ingredients used.
WEBSITE: http://www.kotobukitoledo.com/ 
KATY CRAYON”S RATING: ***** out of 5
KATY CRAYON’S FAVORITE DISHES TO ORDER: Yakisoba with chicken, Philadelphia Roll, chicken teriyaki combo lunch (includes teriyaki chicken, rice, pork gyoza, and shrimp/vegetable tempura in a bento style box.)

REVIEW: This place has been very good to my husband and I. We had our first date here, the luncheon after our wedding ceremony here, and pretty much every birthday, anniversary, and Valentine’s Day dinner here. Not to mention countless lunches. The staff knows us on a first name basis and they pretty much know what we like to order.  Even if they don’t know you, they are courteous, timely, and helpful. The place is very clean and well-kept. It isn’t loud or brightly lit so it provides a relaxing atmosphere.

With a few exceptions where I thought what I ordered was “just ok”, the food has always been wonderful. KotoBuki has a very full menu, including noodles dishes, tonkatsu, sukiyaki, lots of sushi and sashimi options, and, of course, chicken and beef teriyaki for the less adventurous eaters. They also have a very nice appetizer selection and the best miso soup I’ve ever had. Hot green tea is free with your meal upon request. They also offer tempura bananas and Japanese ice cream for desserts.

You may feel that it’s a bit pricey, and it’s true that if you go overboard ordering sushi, your bill could go well over $50 if you include drinks and appetizers. However, it’s one of those things where you get what you pay for. If you feel the dinner menu is out of your price range, go for lunch. The prices will be a little more agreeable and the portions are the same as they are for dinner. And if you go right when they open, the miso soup is incredibly fresh!

Happy eating!