by Lauren L. on
It wasn't until this meal that I truly appreciated Morimoto as an Iron Chef. Our meal was by far and away the most inventive, ingenious, classic, elegant -in the engineering sense of perfection and simplicity--and downright delicious meal I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Someone recently told me that food is great for one of two reasons: either it is life-altering, or it is familiar. Most of Morimoto's menu falls into the first category. The rock shrimp tempura is not like any other tempura or shrimp dish that you will ever eat. I like to imagine that the shrimp lead a peaceful, easy life living on and around outcroppings of rock in the Caribbean, where the blue waters lap onto the beach day in and day out, and the crustacean's inner peace makes it so tender. The happy shrimps are fried in the lightest of batters and then wet down with a sweet sticky sauce, and the meat is so tender that it is like eating a sweet fried shell with a meltaway center. MORI. MOTO. MORI. MOTO. The chant rises in my ears. We asked for the giant oyster with sea urchin and black bean sauce, which is on The List but not The Menu. The server was confused, as well as the manager and most of the kitchen staff, who took the time to give us The Eye from their fortified position behind the sushi counter. Apparently the dish has not been on the menu for nearly a decade, and they do not even have giant oysters at the restaurant. However, because we are special and asked very nicely, said scary sushi chefs are ordering giant oysters and digging up the old recipe. For one night only. For two people only. Homeboy and I will be returning to Morimoto this Thursday for the giant oyster and sea urchin, and I can already feel the pounding against my eardrums: mori. moto. Mori. Moto. MORI. MOTO. MORI! MOTO!
by Lydia Neblett on
I have to hand it to Loca Luna for having a high energy vibe and the live music. The time waiting for your table goes by quick because you're distracted with all that's going on. We were seated in about 20 minutes by the fountain. I have to say, I was a disappointed with the paella. It maybe harsh to say, but I actually would have preferred Goya box paella over this. I give it two stars for food, four stars for lively environment.
by kim n. on
Well I can't say I know much about the chain but apparently somwhere in middle America Jillian's has bowling. Since my ex was a huge bowling fan she dragged me here. Turns out there's no bowling (which is alright with me cause I bowl worth #%&*!) but there was a billiards hall, so we played a few tables and drank a lot of beer. I guess as a billiards hall it's ok but there's a cover, which sucks if you're just going to play pool (which is a separate cost). Evidently there was a Playboy casting call that we missed (damn it!) which would definitely get me to go back if it were an ongoing event. Otherwise, unless someone organized something like a group outing here, I don't see myself frequenting Jillian's too often.