Friday, November 25, 2011

Shoya







Tofu salad - organic tofu, tomatoes, green, seaweed with spicy miso dressing (top red) and hot tea (bottom green)


Ika ring fry - squid, panko flour, BBQ sauce


Tonkotsu ramen - creamy pork broth, pork (top), bamboo shoots (left), egg (right)
Not listed in the menu's description - I believe they are mustard greens (bottom) with scallions as a finishing touch (middle)

Outside: Bagel roll - smoked salmon, cream cheese, crab meat, avocado, cucumber, smelt roe
Inside: Big roll - crab meat, BBQ eel, cucumber, kanpyo, smelt roe, egg, shitake

I'd been to Shoya once before and I knew I wanted to go back when I had a ramen craving. Store-bought, home-cooked ramen just wouldn't do. One of the great things about Shoya's menu is that every menu item is accompanied by a picture and a description, so non-Asians can feel somewhat comfortable placing an order. The menu is not only large in size but has an extensive array of cooked and non-cooked food items as well as a plethora of alcohol options. There are a few sushi/sashimi items in this menu but for more variety, we asked for a separate sushi menu, which also came with clever pictorials of various sushi orders. You'll have to go for yourself and see what I mean. ;o)

My friend ordered the tofu salad with the spicy miso dressing. The salad was fresh and light, and the dressing had a pleasant kick to it - not as spicy as I was anticipating, which was good! If you're not a fan of tofu, then there are other salad options from which to choose. As for dressings, I normally opt for ginger; it was nice to deviate from the norm though.

The Ika ring fry looks like an onion ring but has squid inside it. It was delicious! There was a sauce on the other side of the garnish (not pictured), and I think the rings taste better with it than without it. I think the sauce is mayo-based. It's a classy-looking calamari dish.

I ordered the Tonkotsu ramen. There were, in fact, noodles at the bottom of the dish. The picture was taken when the bowl first arrived at the table. ;oP I like mustard greens but I can't recall having had them in soup before. The noodles were great - they looked homemade - you'll have to take my word on this one. ;oD The dish was great, but when the broth was all that remained, I realized how salty it was. Needless to say, I didn't finish the broth. I'd still recommend the dish 

We split the tofu salad, the ring fry, and the ramen, and we were still hungry! -___-"" After perusing the sushi menu, we chose the bagel roll and the big roll (tempted to order a third roll, but we scaled back). I was immediately intrigued when I read the description of the big roll. It was certainly large in size - we got five rolls instead of eight! I wish I could tell you that I ate a big roll in two bites but every time I tried, the seaweed would not give. O.o They were packed tight! Imho, the sushi is competitively priced compared to other sushi joints. My friend wanted to try the bagel roll. This was a no-brainer for me - it was essentially bagels and lox in sushi format. Who wouldn't like that?! Even though my stomach was bursting with salad, fried squid, and noodle soup, I still managed to enjoy the sushi. It was quite a feast! 

The entire meal came out to ~$40. Split between two people, it's a pretty decent dinner. It's also easy, however, to go overboard with the ordering. The plates are on the small side (small compared to American standards, I suppose), so there will be times when you wonder whether you're getting a good deal. Service was okay. If you must, there's a button hidden among the table condiments that you can press to get a server to your table.

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