Friday, July 16, 2010


It’s always such a treat to have a nice relaxing dinner with friends.  I had the pleasure of enjoying dinner with Ms. S and Ms. I last night.  The three of us hadn’t shared a meal in quite some time.

I was excited to see them and of course thrilled to try out the Restaurant Week menu at SUSHISAMBA park.  We kicked things off with an order of edamame and plantains.

We went through the edamame pretty quickly so I didn’t get a chance to photograph it.  The plantains were lightly salted and served with a delightful red onion mix.  The perfect way to start our meal.

For appetizers, we each ordered something different.  I felt like a winner when my corn crusted soft shell crab salad arrived.

Look at that! A whole soft shell crab, frisee, tomato, avocado and truffle aioli.  It tasted incredible.  It was so perfect that I almost wished it were my entrée!

Ms. I ordered the sweet corn gazpacho with lobster salsa, crema fresca and red shiso.  She was quite satisfied with her soup.

Ms. S ordered the grilled Portuguese octopus with black truffle miso, fennel and mizuna.  She was less than impressed with the appetizer.  The octopus was quite chewy and she gave up on it after a few bites.

She had better luck with her entrée.  Black sea bass a la plancha with spring peas, guanciale and sweet shrimp.

Ms. I also enjoyed the same entrée.

I ordered the Celebration Roll.  Snow crab wrapped in rice and each piece was topped with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, scallop, or squid.

The sushi was fresh and light so I felt like I was still hungry, but in truth it was enough.

Our desert arrived but we were so busy chatting that we barely got through it.

I ordered the Gianduja Chocolate Parfait with burnt marshmallow, candied pistachios and condensed milk sorvete.  Looked good and tasted alright but I didn’t really get through it.

Ms. S ordered the Mochi, which is a soft Japanese rice cake filled with ice cream.

Ms. I got the Doce de Leite Torrejas, which is a yerba mate ice cream with fresh berries.

SUSHISAMBA park is a lively restaurant definitely fit for groups but a little too loud for a romantic dinner.  The food was great.  There are lots of options on the expansive menu.  The combination of cuisines works quite well and results in some explosive dishes.  It was a delicious dinner and I recommend SUSHISAMBA for a great night with friends.

Hungry yet?

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