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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|
- Category: News
- Written by Brian
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- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Brian
A good friend of mine from college loved Iron Gate Cafe, and for some reason I never went back in the day. Today I had a friend from out of town visiting and she wanted a place where she can get a mimosa with breakfast. We hadn't reviewed Iron Gate yet, so off we went. Iron Gate Cafe is right on Washington Ave by Lark St. in Albany It is set back a bit from the street, so it is a little hard to see. Parking is completely street. This review is for their weekend brunch, which is a different menu from their standard fare.
There was a brief wait for a table when we arrived, but it wasn't more than 5 minutes or so. Larger parties should anticipate a wait of around 20 minutes.
I was torn on what to order, so I mentioned a few things to the waitress, and she quickly said, "stuffed french toast", so I ordered that with sausage. Iron Gate's version of stuffed french toast is two pieces of french toast with cheese, a fried egg, and your choice of meat inside. It is served with hash browns. The french toast was cooked well, and thoroughly battered, and it was exactly as described. There was plenty of sausage, but the egg was overdone. The hash browns were good but could have benefited from a little seasoning.
My friend ordered Johnny cakes: cornbread pancakes with blueberries served with your choice of meat. She really enjoyed it, the pancakes were cooked well, had a good cornbread flavor, but weren't too dense. She would order the dish again.
I liked Iron Gate Cafe, it reminded me of Madison Cafe. Kind of Hipster type attitude and staff, with fun twists on typical dishes. Fun place with good food, Iron Gate gets 4 forks. As a fun additional note, we arrived before noon, so they couldn't serve us mimosas, but they took the order, and the second it hit noon, they were on our table.
|Stuffed French Toast (with sausage, egg and cheese inside)||Johnny Cakes with Sausage|
- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Josie
Chez Mike is located inside a strip mall at 596 Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush. The decor is made up of warm tones that create an inviting feel, complementing an open floor plan.
Brian and I did our round robin of where to go next for dinner, and Chez Mike was it. Reservations recommended for a Saturday night. When we arrived, we were greeted and sat immediately. Our server came over moments later for our drink orders. After delivering our drinks, she noticed we were still looking over the menu and gave us the appropriate amount of time before checking in to take our meal orders.
Before moving on to the food, I really do need to stress the attentiveness of the service. Not once did we sit waiting for something to be refilled. Nor did we feel rushed. Our server was pleasant, funny, conversational and all around amazing. It was a fantastic experience based off that alone.
Now on to the food! Brian ordered the Pineapple Glazed Baby Back Ribs that came with a Brown Butter Sweet Potato Mash and Chipotle Cole Slaw. I ordered the Lamb Feta Burger (cooked medium) that came with Carmelized Onions and a Roasted Red Pepper Aioli. I substituted the Rosemary Fries for Sweet Potato Mash.
The theme of the food was "SO CLOSE!." Everything was just SO close to being perfect. Brian's ribs were cooke perfectly, falling off the bone, but they lacked flavor in the meat (versus the glaze on top). The sweet potato mash, while cooked well, had too much brown butter which made the side dish very heavy. The cole slaw was perfectly fresh, but there was no chipotle flavor to be found. I also think there was a touch too much mayo. It was a borderline heavy side dish, but still very good.
My burger was similarly so close to perfect. The ciabatta was perfectly soft and fresh. The lamb was juicy, perfectly cooked, and practically fell apart in my mouth. What lacked, surprisingly, was the flavor. With all the condiiments that were on it, I couldn't taste the feta, nor could I taste the distinct sweetness of a roasted red pepper. It was a wonderful vehicle that just didn't realize it's full potential. I ended up putting Brian's cole slaw on my sandwich in order to add some complexity in flavor.
Chez Mike definitely earns a 4 fork rating. The food has amazing potential, and the service is second to none. We'd be interested in visiting again, and exploring more of their offerings.
|Lamb Feta Burger w/ Sweet Potato Mash||Baby Back Ribs w/ Sweet Potato Mash & Cole Slaw|