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Ohana Bento & Sushi

19 May

Ohana Bento & Sushi

1154 Fort St Mall

Honolulu, HI 96813

Hours: 7am-6pm 7 Days a Week

DynamiteAhi

Dynamite Ahi

Ohana Bento & Sushi has become my go to sushi spot, when I’m at work. I’m still not thrilled with the sushi spots I’ve found here on the island, nothing that compares to my dear Sake Sushi,  and if I’m grabbing sushi for dinner, I’ll hit up Ninja Sushi, located on the other side of my office building, but for a quick lunch Ohana is my spot.

I’ve tried a few of their rolls, but my go to, and favorite is their dynamite ahi. The roll is an ok size for the price. Normally, but not always, they are generous with the ahi, which for the most part is pretty fresh tasting. The roll has a good amount of spice and it takes care of things when I’m in the mood for a little sushi. It’s also nice that they accept credit. You won’t be so lucky with a lot of lunch options on Fort Street.

Be warned however, if they don’t have your roll ready it can be a bit of a wait.

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Lemongrass…It’s OK

30 Apr

Lemongrass

20 Kainehe St

Kailua, HI 96734

Hours: Closed Monday / Tues-Sun Lunch: 11am-2:30pm & Dinner: 5pm-8:30pm

HisandHerPho

His & Her Size Pho

Lemongrass was one of the first restaurants my fiancé took me to when I arrived here. I have tried their grilled pork, pad Thai, rare steak pho, house special wings, and spring rolls.

SmallPho

Rare Steak Pho

Their grilled pork and noodles was the first dish I had here. The pork was tender and flavorful and the portion size was good.

My fiancé’s go to dish is their pad Thai, but I’m not sure if that’s for the flavor or the varying  degrees of heat they offer. I personally find the pad Thai unmemorable, but my fiancé likes making it unbearably hot.

PadThai

Pad Thai

Our go to order at Lemongrass is pho and spring rolls, like with most places. The pho is ok, most times, inconsistent flavor has varied almost every time we go, but the best thing about Lemongrass pho is their sizes. Unlike most pho places where their small, medium and large are all about the same size, at Lemongrass their small is little, and their large is huge. I always struggle to finish my pho, so their small is perfect, while my fiancé, at most places is left hungry, he loves their large.

Their spring rolls are ok, a slightly stronger taste than I prefer.

SpringRolls

Spring Rolls

Their house special wings are supposed to be their hot chicken wings. They were different and juicy, but not necessarily flavorful or hot.

An always redeeming quality for Lemongrass is their exceptional service. Their wit staff is always helpful, kind, and welcoming. Service is pretty quick and normally very attentive.

Far East Joint

22 Sep

Far East Joint

1230 Lakes Dr, Ste 104
West Covina, CA 91790

Hours:
Mon-Thurs 11:30am-9:30pm / Fri 11:30am-10pm / Sat 12pm-10pm / Sun 12pm-9pm

**Serves beer**

ChickenWings

I went to the Far East Joint anticipating a place similar to Cha Cafe. That is not what I got, but I was by no means disappointed.

Walking in, Far East Joint has a very spacious Sports Bar feel; Bench seating runs along the walls with individual 4 person tables breaking up the space. Flat screen TVs dot the wall. The staff are fun, polite, and quick.

Now like I said, being a fusion place, grouped by Yelp with Cha Cafe, I was expecting traditional fusion dishes like Asian flavor inspired tacos and funky rice bowls. They do have some of that, Joint Tacos and Bacon Fried Rice, as well as their own funky fusion creations like their Spam N Egg Sliders, but for the most part they are a fry and wing place and although I stuck to basics they seem to be doing a damn good job.

My nephew and I ordered their plain fries and classic hot wings. They do offer funky fun flavors for both such as Curry Fries and Siracha Honey Wings, but I decided to go classic. The fries were ok, nothing special and a little thin for my taste, but clearly would be a good vessel for fun flavors. The wings were a win. Not greasy at all, good amount a meat, and packed good flavor. My nephew who is a wing man, said it was easily some of the best he has had.

I can’t wait to go back to try something beyond the wings and fries.

Run Away from Super China Express

21 Sep

Super China Express

625 S Barranca Ave
Covina, CA 91723

Hours:
11am-9:30pm 7 days a week

OrangeChicken

Please run far far away from Super China Express. They are cheap and give you a lot of food, but that is about the only good thing I have to say. I ordered their one item combo, orange chicken, which comes with an egg roll, as well as a pineapple slush. Nothing was good. The egg roll was greasy, the orange chicken was soggy and the orange sauce super watery that left a puddle in the bottom of the container. The fried rice and chow mien was salty and mushy. My pineapple slush was super sweet and tasted nothing but artificial.

West Covina Thai Cuisine

17 Sep

West Covina Thai Cuisine

106 N Grand Ave
West Covina, CA 91791

Hours:
Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm / Fri & Sat 11am-9:30pm / Closed Sunday

**Minimum Purchase for Credit Card**

PorkPadThai

West Covina Thai is a cute little Thai placed tucked behind the 10 Freeway in the same shopping Center as the Denny’s that all Mt. SAC student’s know well. I only ordered my usual pork pad Thai, which was good, not great not bad, just good, so I can’t really say too much. The place however was adorable and even though my order was to go, the service was amazing. The food was done quick and while I waited the women working the register was super friendly and just chatty enough.

Fast Food Sushi in Monrovia

10 Sep

Taisho

919 W Huntington Dr
Monrovia, CA 91016

Hours:
11am-9pm 7 Days a Week

TeriyakiChicken

Teriyaki Chicken

This is one of those places that doesn’t scream impressive, but is by no means bad. The prices were reasonable, under $10 for a full lunch. The service was quick and friendly. It was very clean and the food was pretty good quality. All things good, but not great and not too memorable.

CARoll

California Roll

I was in Monrovia for a job interview and after it was over I wanted to reward myself with a fairly healthy lunch. Taisho was the closest place that caught my attention. It was only about 11:30 so the lunch rush hadn’t arrived yet so the place was pretty empty. I ordered their combo #5 which is teriyaki chicken with steamed veggies and a four piece California roll, plus a medium drink.

Sushi

It was a ton of food and the flavors were good. I ate half for my lunch and packed up the rest for dinner. The chicken was well cooked and the teriyaki was good. It was nice to have veggies that weren’t steamed to death and the California Roll was no better than any other fast food roll. I’d go again if I had to, but I probably wouldn’t seek it out.

Sushi Burritos!!

1 Sep

Jogasaki Truck

Los Angeles based truck

DeepFriedCARoll

Golden State Roll

I don’t remember how I came across the Sushi Burrito Truck, but I have been following them for longer months, stocking their schedule, just waiting for my chance to give them a shot. Finally one day, on my way home from the convention center, rolling down Brea Canyon into Rowland Heights, there it was. There was my Sushi Burrito, parked in front of Stater Bro’s on Colima. My dreams had come true. I rushed to my sister’s, grabbed my niece, the only little one I have brave enough to give sushi a shot, and we headed down the Jogasaki, the food truck of my dreams.

SushiTruck

Spider Burrito and Golden State Roll

We ordered their monthly special, their spider burrito. A spider roll in a burrito form – deep fried soft shell crab, crab meat, avocado, cucumber, radish sprout, and yamagobo. We also tried their Golden State Roll. It’s a deep-fried California Roll served with eel sauce.

We absolutely loved both and finished everything down to the last grain of rice. The ingredients were fresh and even in their supersized portions, the flavors were just as balanced as if you were eating a normal roll. Yes, I must admit they are a little pricy for my taste, but when thinking about what you pay for sushi the price makes sense for the supersized portions. I can’t afford to eat there regularly, but I will be back.