Every chance we get to go out on a lunch date, hubby and I will most often choose to go to a Japanese restaurant, to take advantage of lunch deals. The time of day one chooses to eat at a restaurant makes a lot of difference as far as price is concerned. Dinner entrees at a Japanese restaurant are easily double the price of their lunch time counterparts.
About 3 weeks ago, hubby and I had the chance to try out a relatively new Japanese restaurant that’s just a couple of minutes drive from where we live, Nagoya Steak and Sushi. We came for lunch and we were surprised that only about 3 tables were occupied (and that included ours!), to think that it’s a good-sized restaurant at a very busy location. For a brief moment, we doubted our choice of restaurant.
Hubby went for for the Ribeye Steak Hibachi Lunch, which came with choice of soup or salad , white or fried rice or, for an extra $2, noodles.
Hubby chose to have salad and fried rice with his ribeye steak.
Whatever doubts we had about our choice of restaurant vanished when hubby took a bite of his ribeye steak. It was tender, perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned. Two sauces were served with his lunch, one to go with the steak (mustard sauce, I believe) and another one to go with the vegetables. The portion is just right, if not generous for a lunch time deal.
As for me, I chose the Sashimi Bento Box. It came with a choice of soup or salad, gyoza and california roll.
Well, hello! My lunch choice had me at hello! Hee hee. :) Who doesn’t love a beautifully presented lunch?! Nagoya, being a Japanese restaurant, one already expects bento lunches that are a feast to the eyes. I especially love that my bento box isn’t really a box but a platter of small square plates.
First up for “judgment” was the gyoza…
I am not a huge gyoza fan. I’ll eat gyoza but it doesn’t really rank high in my choices of Japanese food. But I liked Nagoya’s gyoza. I like that it is crispy and not limp and soggy. :) I found the seasoning to be just right. Some gyozas I’ve tasted elsewhere tend to be salty.
The california roll was sliced into 8 pieces. I got to share some of them with hubby. :)
I saved the best for last, sashimi…
I loved every piece of raw fish sashimi in the cute little square saucer they were served in. ;) Yum! I wanted more!!!
We can’t complain about the service. We had a very attentive server who checked on us every now and then.
Overall, it was a very pleasant dining experience. For sure, hubby and I will be back, perhaps, for another impromptu lunch date.