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Bistro Isakaya – Montreal

I was in Montreal for about one hot minute this summer. I was only there for one dinner and had no car, so I found Bistro Isakaya just a few steps from my downtown hotel. You can’t look into the restaurant from the outside, which I always find slightly creepy. The only thing in the windows were some crudely hand-written menus. But I braved it and went inside. It’s quite not scary on the inside! What was I afraid of?
The gedashi tofu! It’s one of my most favorite japanese dishes, so I try to get this often, when at a new japanese spot. I loved that they served it with grated daikon. There’s just something I love about grated daikon in agedashi tofu and zaru soba. The sauce was a bit on the salty side for me.I had one of the noodle and seafood salad specials that was on a handwritten menu. I thought that because it was a special, it would be rather interesting. It ended up fairly bland. It looked pretty exciting but there just wasn’t much flavor in there. The shrimp was rather flavorless but the crab was good. The avocado wasn’t very ripe either. The best bits were the tomatoes and the crab. The soba noodles didn’t add much. 
By the time I got around to the roll I ordered, I barely had room for it. It was much more exciting than the salad! And the avocado in this was nice and ripe. The service was really good and friendly here. The prices were quite reasonable. The only bad thing was a really loud and annoying couple pretty much next to me. Not only were they stupidly loud, their conversation was just inane and obnoxious. Ugh. But hey, what are you gonna do?
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Sagami Reopens

Sagami closed for a short time this summer, to go on vacation and to raise their prices. It’s ok though, because they probably needed to do that, their prices were probably too low. Even with the newer slightly higher prices, eating at Sagami still beats most other sushi spots, in quality and price. They still have amazing sushi and other japanese foods that are beyond worth the drive over to New Jersey. They still make the best agadashi tofu. Ever. EVER. I could eat this every day. I often wish I could. My uncle also got the sunomono, and the one at Sagami is particularly fancy, but the picture is not working. For the love of food, it just won’t upload! 
My mom and her sushi regular. She’s so regular with her sushi regulars. Everything is so beyond fresh! And we know this for sure, because we went the first night it reopened.
We’d been planning this family outing for weeks, and until we went, my aunt and uncle kept going on and on about the chirashi. Chirashi this, chirashi that. I had no idea wht chirashi even was. Well, they finally go their chirashi, and it’s so much food, neither of them could finish their’s.  It’s a giant pile of thick slices of sashimi, heaped on top of a giant pile of sushi rice. Whoa nelly. 
I got the kitsune udon because I’m the weirdo that didn’t order sushi. And I’m fine with that. Give me the agadashi tofu and udon and I’m a happy camper. I don’t make the trip over to Collingswood, nearly enough. But I really should, I really really should. It’s that good. They still have low ceilings, you can still get lost trying to find it, and it’s still a byob. All things that make Sagami special.

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Makiman Sushi

Sushi spots abound in philadelphia. Sometimes, you can’t walk a block without running into one. Where were all these when I was growing up? I’ve gone to Makiman Sushi a couple of times recently, and I’m a fan. It’s a nice sized place with a small sushi bar. It’s very casual and a BYOB. The house salad with ginger sauce. I’m very judgy when it comes to these, because I’m a big fan of ginger dressing. Their’s was quite respectable. And props for a mix of greens and not just iceberg lettuce, not that I don’t love iceberg lettuce. They also had cucumber in there!
Miso soup… just fine.
The best dish at this place are the tuna nachos. It’s not like a pile of chips with tuna thrown on top. They’re two fried wontons (I think) topped with some veggies, raw tuna, and a spicy sauce. And they are glorious! I was hesitant about these but M convinced me to get them. I’m so glad he did! It’s more like an openface asiany tuna taco. The sauce is delicious, but at times, can be a bit too spicy. On our second visit, the sauce was sooooo spicy that M could barely eat it. But really folks, you’ve got to try these!
Here’s the sushi regular… M always gets the sushi regular, just like my mom. How many other people out there are sushi regulars?
For whatever reason, I decided to try a couple of random rolls that day. These were quite nice! While their sushi is just fine, let me just reiterate my love for the tuna nachos. I will keep coming back here because those things are so darn yummy!
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