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- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Brian
Friday night rolled along and I was in the mood for sushi. In comes Mr. Wasabi in Schenectady. I had been here several years ago and it was time for a revisit and a review.
We ordered the spicy tuna dumplings as an appetizer, it came out as 6 spicy tuna balls surrouned by avacado. I love avacado with pretty much anything so I was a fan of spicy tuna being surrounded by it. They were good, but difficult to eat and I would have preferred a little more flavor. For rolls, we orderd the ginza roll (crab tempura and mango inside, topped with spicy tuna, avacado and a mango sauce), a Fall Season roll (spicy crunch tuna, avacado, and bonito seasoning) and a spicy salmon crunch roll. Fish in the rolls was fresh and the rolls were actually as described. I thought the ginza roll had some conflicting flavors in it (mango and spicy don't really go together). Overall, the rolls were good, and I think we would order any of them again.
As an added bonus, we also ordered a dessert of tempura cheesecake. Normally this dish is a few small pieces of cheesecake battered and fried. In this case, it was an entire slice of cheesecake battered and fried. The thin part was great, but as you got to the thicker area, it was still completely frozen and inedible.
We had no complaints on service, everyone was friendly and polite. It was a great experience overall and earned a rating of 4 forks.
|Spicy Tuna Dumpling||Ginza Roll|
|Fall Season Roll (back) and Spicy Salmon with Crunch|
- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Brian
Josie and I often do some homework ahead of time to find a place we want to try out. I identified a cafe in Troy, so we ventured out for a Saturday morning breakfast. Of course the place I picked was closed for renovations, so we went wandering around Troy looking for a place for a late breakfast. We eventually settled on B-rads Bistro. We haven't reviewed a buffet yet, as they are hard to review - food tends to be prepared early on, and kept warm in chafing dishes. So you typically don't get a restaurants 'A-game', but it does give one the ability to try a variety of different food from a place. So, please keep in mind that this is a review of their buffet, and should bear little insight to how their normal food is.
When we walked in, a staff member came up to us and explained how the buffet works. All you can eat from the buffet, serve yourself drinks (Orange, and Cranberry juice and coffee) for $12. They also had papers you could fill out to have a custom omelet and salad made by the chef and brought to you. The buffet itself consisted of three dishes with warm food including bacon, sausage, hash browns, stuffed french toast, breakfast quesadillas, meatballs and a pasta dish. There were also plates of pastries and fruit to pick from.
The different options were original, not just the same typical stuff you would find at a brunch buffet. The food was on the dry side and most of it lacked the seasoning we would have liked. Josie's favorites were the breakfast quesadilla, and the meatballs. I thought all the food on the buffet was ok, but not spectacular. My favorite would be the omelet they made with the ingredients I chose.
Like I said when I began this review, buffets are hard to review. I'm not sure it would be possible for even the best of buffets to get a perfect 5 fork rating. B-rad had some great staff working there and made a decent omelet, but overall the experience was just ok, we most likely wouldn't go again for the buffet. I would be interested in trying out their regular weekday menu or their catering in the future. I would guess their creative menu ideas would be quite good fresh.
|Buffet setup||Food from buffet|
|Made to order omelet|
- Category: News
- Written by Brian
Josie and I were lucky enough to get a private tour of the new Market Bistro by Price Chopper. Market Bistro isn't your standard grocery store, it is a nexus between a grocery store and restaurant. Besides being a significantly better than average grocery store, there is also a complete selection of prepared foods offered. Everything from salads and subs, to sushi, to BBQ smoked on site. There is even a full service restaurant and a cooking school within the Market Bistro
The supermarket itself is larger than a normal store, and has an entire aisle dedicated to organic and gluten free food, an aisle for cultural food, and usually two or three shelves in every aisle dedicated to local products. So instead of just finding Coke and Pepsi, you can also get a wide selection of Jones sodas, or get locally produced peanut butter instead of just Peter Pan.
It is an impressive store with an exciting new concept; merging the idea of a restaurant with a grocery store. We tried a variety of different foods from 'Bistro Blvd' and it was all quite impressive. It is hard to pick a favorite from the food we tried, but the smoked ribs and the lobster roll were among our favorites.
Market Bistro is located in Latham at 873 New Loudon Road. Whats not to love about a grocery store that has a larger selection than normal and a complete restaurant environment as well? I'm most excited to see what they do with the cooking school. It will be nice to take a class and be able to buy everything you need to make a recipe at home at the same place.
There are a ton of pictures below, so be sure to click 'read more' to see them all.
|A 6 foot section of fresh pastas from a local manufacturer||Large selection of cheeses||Olive bar, with 32 different types of olives|
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- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Kent
Nishiki Sushi is a new arrival to East Greenbush (Rensselaer) and I don't believe EG or the neighboring towns have had any or many sushi places, so we hope they are great, hope they do well, and are here to stay.
Upon entering we were instantly greeted and then shown to our table while we observed the small but newly-renovated and nicely decorated atmosphere. There is a sushi bar which occupies most of the space that features a color-changing lighted front, as well as approximately a dozen tables for 2, 4, or 6 diners.
A server promptly appeared offering each person a warm towel that was individually wrapped, which was a nice touch, especially on a cold winter evening. She then collected them after use and said she would return for drink orders. The website & Menu is here: http://nishikisushiny.com/ Note, the menu has a 'hibachi entrees' section, but there are no hibachi tables for diners to sit at: All entrees come from the kitchen or sushi bar. This was different to see, but I decided to try the Hibachi Salmon Entree with a side order of Egg and Vegetable Hibachi Fried Rice. All 3 of my dining companions ordered different dinner bento boxes. When I ordered the fried rice, the server asked if I still wanted the white rice which was included with Hibachi Entree.
While the server asked for our drink order, they explained that Nishiki offers a full liqour-wine-beverage selection. We ordered Hot Tea and Hot Saki, along with our meals and we were glad that we ordered the tea. The hot tea was a Japanese brown-rice green tea which tasted amazing. The tea was served in a single cup, however the refills were plentiful and always timely, never reaching below a quarter-filled tea cup. This goes for the water fills also. The service was top notch and flawless, always around when needed, but not overbearing or hovering.
First to arrive - the miso soup was hot, flavorful, and perfect and the salad was larger-than-normal with the typical Japanese ginger salad dressing. We requested additional dressing which was promptly delivered and it was fresh and flavorful and great for dipping items we would recieve later.
The food arrived shortly after the salad and soup and the flavor and seasoning, price, portion, and presentation was 5 'forks' (stars) for my meal. The taste of each bite of both the Hibachi entree and the fried rice was satisfying and perfect, for me. The dinner bento boxes were tasty and nearly unable to be finished, certainly not skimpy.
During our visit, it was clear that there was sufficient staff on hand to cover the dining room and the never ending pickup order arrivals and phone calls. The staff met each and every request of ours with speed and smiles, all while other servers often covered tables that weren't their own.
We were not rushed and had a perfect dinner and it was nice to see when the check arrived that there was no additional charges for things like the white rice, the drink refills, and the extra salad dressing. During our departure, several staff thanked us for our visit and wished us a pleasant goodnight. We will certainly return and recommend you give Nishiki a try too.
|Hibachi Entree - Salmon||Fried Rice - Egg & Vegetable||Dinner Bento Box - Salmon Teriyaki|