Tonight my son reminded me that I wanted to try out Lucky Foos. Its a sushi and steak place near my home in Las Vegas, NV and has been several restaurants before, my son reminding me at one time it was even a melting pot. None seemed to make it and usually after 1 visit we never had gone back either. I actually looked at the spot several years back to put a British pub in, however the lay out of the building was so choppy, with a lot of square footage and just didn’t seem to make sense. However with a name like that how could we pass it up, so out we went. Deciding to sit at the front sushi bar, we were pretty early for dinner so had our pick of the place. The front sushi bar is rectangular in shape with half inside and half outside on the patio and if it wasn’t so darn hot we would of sat outside. We sat inside looking out so that was next best thing and began to look at the happy hour menu while sipping on some hot sake. There hot sake carafe was pretty cool, bamboo style. Looking around I was pretty impressed at there use of the place, they may actually be able to make this work for them.
Our Chef was talkative and amusing with stories of living in Catalina. My son ordered salmon sushi (Ebiyaki) and I the chili edemame to start which was on the happy hour menu. Continuing on decided on the Tiger roll, yes with soy paper as I always do and that was very good. My son was still hungry and just then we noticed the special board on the wall and ordered up one of those that had sliced apple in it, which gave it a nice little crunch. Now we are fat and happy and our conversation slowed so we asked for the bill ($50) and went home satisfied. I will definitely go back and try this again sometime and recommend anyone who happens to be drive by to stop in.
Little Tokyo sushi is pretty damn good I have to say. When I am in town this is a favorite place to frequent and you never know, if you visit you may just see me there. In the strip mall on Bonita between Albertsons and CVS in San Dimas, near downtown. Ease of parking, easy to find, easy to get a seat, at least the time we usually go which is early, because dang it when you are hungry you are hungry. Never a fishy smell to the place and let me say if you smell fish run. Fish smell in a sushi place means it is not fresh sushi and when eating fish raw it better be fresh. Grab yourself a table, or a booth or better yet saunter your fanny up to the sushi bar and ask the chef what is the best for the evening and let him amaze you with some special delights. We have done that on occasion and I do have to say, the most favorite and memorable of just how delicious trying new sushi concoctions can be was at my boyfriends birthday. We enjoyed the big glass shell filled with all kinds of different sashimi that night, each and every time going OMG this is my favorite, but tonight we are not alone and it is much easier to grab a booth to chat with our family.
So it may be almost 100 outside lately, but I definitely want some hot Saki to sip on for the evening, along with a small Kirin, perfect combination I do have to say. A little hot, and some nice ice cold, but the little tiny glass I get with the Kirin cracks me up every time. Drinks are here and we are nibbling on some edamame, looking at the menu finding what is going to be written down on the sushi sheet for tonight. Ok yes, I am a wimp and always order my rolls with soy paper, lol. I can do seaweed but prefer the soy paper over the ocean taste of seaweed. Just my personal choice and is available for anyone out there that is like me. Sashimi of course is raw sliced fish, not rolled and not served with rice. Sushi is fish maybe raw, maybe not, with vinegared rice, then rolls are mixed with other ingredients. Tonight we are all pretty hungry so it is substantial ingredients we are looking for, so sushi it is, even some chicken teriyaki and tempura vegetables. Who says sushi night isn’t fattening? Not us, at least not tonight for sure. California rolls, Salmon, spicy tuna crunch, yellow-tail and a tuna hand roll are delivered and silence falls on the table. Mix in a bit of wasabi in the soy sauce for some extra heat, throw on a thinly sliced piece of fresh ginger and my mouth is popping with goodness. So I have been told that the ginger is actually there to clean your pallet between dishes, whether this is true or not, I haven’t investigated because right now I really don’t care. I love having that slice on top of my sushi and even sashimi.
My phone makes a noise and my daughter is texting me to bring an order of Mexican roll home for her, so one more order goes in along with a mix of mochi ice cream flavors. Mochi ice cream is ice cream wrapped in thin Japanese rice cake with flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and green tea. Bellies full, bill paid and we are on our way happy as can be. Thanks again Little Tokyo until next time.
150 E Bonita Ave
San Dimas, CA91773