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19Jul/11Off

REVIEW: Heart Rock Sushi – Japanese Restaurant (Ft. Lauderdale)

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Submitted by: Allan M..; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007  Date Submitted: 07/19/2011

Name:  Heart Rock Sushi - Japanese Restaurant
Address: Gateway Shopping Center
1970 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
URL: www.heartrocksushi.com
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

Rating:

Review: Perhaps you're wondering the difference between the "Happy Sushi" icon and the "Angry Sushi" icon. Well the
"Happy Sushi" are for places you could go to. The "Angry Sushi" are for places you should avoid. And now you're wondering,
"Wow. What would it take for a place to get 5 Angry Sushi.?" Well ladies and gentlemen your search is over, behold the horrible Heart Rock Sushi.

You are welcome to a seemingly nice store front, interior and a sushi chef that welcomes you...with a host/hostess no where to be seen. We sat at the bar with a good view of both chefs and got our menus.

- First warning sign - menu has Japanese, Thai and other Asian dishes. Usually a sign of chefs that aren't well trained in any.

The lunch specials are ordered and we wait. The waiter brings our drinks and goes about his business.

- Second warning sign - the sushi ordered from the daily specials come before our soup or salads even arrive, instead of with the other sushi we ordered.

- Final warning sign - the head sushi chef was more interested talking to the women at the sushi counter than making their lunches.

Our lunches arrive, in bento boxes and we dig in. It's a combination of sushi and random dishes with our daily specials on the side. The waiter lied; the soup was from a packet and still powdery. The shumai was deep fried unidentified stuff with an odd taste. The hijiki salad was in a sickening sweet syrup. And the sesame Chinese noodles were so overcooked they were mushy and smeared onto our chopsticks. Something would have been said but the waiter disappeared for the rest of the meal and the sushi chef was back with the women. Now the sushi...

The sushi was utter ****. The California Rolls were guacamole rolls with a fruity cucumber aftertaste. The crab wasn't even a
pencil thick and lost in the guacamole like avocado. The sushi rice itself had little flavor and fell apart when picked up. The tuna was dry and tasteless and disappeared into the rice making a squishy, tasteless mess. The salmon had little taste, was tough and "chunky" when you started eating. The sashimi were odd rectangle's half the size of regular sashimi, all bland. The daily specials were the worse. The tobiko was tough and odd tasting, the Escolar had NO taste (zero, none, nada). And our other sushi had been cancelled - we were explained it could only be served fresh when the weekend deliveries come in, basically catching themselves in their lie about many of our sushi options being fresh.

Our final straw was when the bill was paid and we never got the change. It was kept for a 23.62% tip that they gave themselves
apparently apparently for the horrible food, the waiter that disappeared for most of the meal and the chef that enjoyed his ladies.


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11Jan/11Off

REVIEW: Joto Japanese Restaurant (Clearwater)

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Submitted by: Nina M.; Kochi, 2006-2009  Date Submitted: January 11, 2011

Name: Joto Japanese Restaurant
Address: 2549 Countryside Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33761
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review:  Sushi bar as well as traditional Japanese cuisine. All staff are Japanese speaking!!! They have delicious sushi, both authentic Japanese style and American style so there is something for everyone here. PLUS, the prices are affordable.

 

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11Jan/11Off

REVIEW: My Land Asian Market & Gifts (Dunedin)

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Submitted by: Nina M.; Kochi, 2006-2009 Date Submitted: January 11, 2011

Name: My Land Asian Market & Gifts
Address: 1338 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698-6251
Review Type: Business

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Review: This is a very tiny Asian market but I always seem to find exactly what I'm looking for. Most notably, I have found: Umeboshi, udon and dashi, furikake, instant ramen, vinegar for making sushi, rice ball molds and who could ever forget the endless supply of Ramune and Pocky. 

 

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2Jan/11Off

REVIEW: Asaka Japanese Restaurant (Aventura)

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Submitted by: Bahia S.; Gunma-ken, 2005-2007  Date Submitted: January 2, 2011

Name: Asaka Japanese Restaurant
Address: 20355 Biscayne Blvd Aventura, FL 33180 (305) 682-9331
URL: www.asakasushi.com
Rating Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: The  food was good, but I felt that the price was quite high for the amount of food  we got and the service was poor, bordering on rude.  For a place that is  Japanese run, the attention to detail that I look for was absent and the  waitstaff was surprisingly inattentive.  We only ordered the Shabu-Shabu  so this review only deals with their Shabu-Shabu sets - it's possible that we  didn't order enough food for the number of people, but we didn't find the  waitress very helpful, nor did she allow us to order more meat.  If I  lived nearby I would probably go again to try the other things on their menu,  but since I don't I doubt that I will go back.  I was also disappointed  that their sodas were not fountain and therefore did not have free refills - I  wish it said that on the menu because I would have ordered something else if I  had known.

The decor was nice and the place was fairly clean, and their private room was a  good size for our party of 10.


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17Dec/10Off

REVIEW: Japanese Market (North Bay Village)

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Submitted by: Allan M.; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007   Date Submitted: December 17, 2010

Name: Japanese Market
Address: 1412 79th Street Cswy North Bay Village, FL 33141
URL: http://www.japanese-market.com/
Review Type: Business (Asian Market)

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Review: It's a rather large supermarket with a wide assortment of kitchen-stuffs, dry goods and numerous foodstuffs. The fridges are stocked with both frozen and fresh goodies and the supermarket gets Asian vegetables in twice a month (call ahead to be sure). There's also a periodical/book section, an alcohol section and the well known sushi bar/restaurant area run by the owner and daughter.

This supermarket has been here for a number of years and the owner is well established in the area. As often happens in this situation, the location can either gain in reputation or go downhill, and I have to say the later seems evident. The owner has been steadily raising his prices, even on sauces and Asian items found in other Asian supermarkets or your nearby Publix (even in the month I visited twice). Present and former customers have said the sushi quality and size has been decreasing and the owner has been less than polite to other customers when a native Japanese is present (talks more, bigger portions). So far I've eaten there twice, saw the rudeness once and the fish quality was far better, yet much smaller, than most Thai/sushi places everywhere in South Florida.


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17Dec/10Off

REVIEW: Sasaya Japanese Market (Ft. Lauderdale)

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Submitted by: Allan M..; Saitama-ken, 2005-2007   Date Submitted: December 17, 2010

Name: Sasaya Japanese Market
Address: 1956 E Sunrise Blvd. (GATEWAY SHOPPING CENTER)Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
URL: http://www.sasayajapanese.com/
Rating Type: Business (Asian Market)

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Review:  They have a nice assortment of Japanese kitchen basics on the shelves and in the fridges. The sushi counter is packed everyday at lunch and a steady stream of to-go orders, which is funny because there is a Japanese restaurant 3 stores down, so you know this place is doing something right. I sampled the combo plate to test the chef (and watched him make it) - the sashimi was well cut; nice assortment of fresh and frozen, and the sushi was well done also. Hamachi was great and salmon was melt in your mouth. I didn't try the rolls - not my thing. Miso soup was as authentic as it gets! I had a nice chat with the couple that ran the place. They were very polite and friendly.


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20Nov/10Off

REVIEW: Sasaya Japanese Market (Ft. Lauderdale)

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Submitted by: Bahia S.; Gunma-ken, 2005-2007   Date Submitted: November 20, 2010

Name: Sasaya Japanese Market
Address:  1956 E Sunrise Blvd. (GATEWAY SHOPPING CENTER)Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
URL: http://www.sasayajapanese.com/
Review Type: Business (Asian Market)

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Review: Sasaya is a small Japanese market in Fort Lauderdale.  While very small, it has a good selection of Japanese basics that are hard to find in the Miami area.  On our last visit we purchased a variety of sauces, curry, and the like.  They also have a refrigerated section with things like tofu, pickled goods, and drinks.

There is a sushi bar here as well, which gets good recommendations even though I haven't yet had a chance to try it.

On the whole, I wouldn't drive from Miami where I live to Fort Lauderdale just to go here, but if I am in the area I will definitely stop by.


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5Nov/10Off

REVIEW: Hiro’s Yakko-san (North Miami Beach)

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Submitted by: Bahia S.; Gunma-ken, 2005-2007  Date Submitted: November 5, 2010

Name: Hiro's Yakko-san
Address: 17044 W Dixie Hwy North Miami Beach, FL 33160 (305) 947-0064
URL: http://yakko-san.com/
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Favorite Dishes:

  • Mixed Salad - the dressing on this is fantastic!
  • Age Dashi Tofu - one of my favorites, tofu fried in a sweet stock.  They  did this exactly the way they do in Japan, and our friends who were first  timers to the dish they loved it as well.
  • Lotus Roots (renkon) - crunchy and in a delightful sauce, I have rarely seen  this in the USA.
  • Buta Nasu Miso Itame - Literally "pork eggplant miso stir-fry" this  had a thick miso sauce and the eggplant was cooked just right.
  • Rice - perfect rice!
  • Ginger Pork (shogayaki) - this was the  only dish that I was disappointed in.  While the sauce was good, the pork  was different from the kind they use in Japan and a  little dry.
  • Miso Soup - a full bowl of miso soup, not the little half bowl they usually  give you in American restaurants.
  • Sake - I am not usually a big fan of sake (nihonshu), but the selection we got  on the sake flight was surprisingly good.  Two of the three did not have  much of the aftertaste that I usually don't like.
  • Yakisoba - their yakisoba was very authentic, which was refreshing after the  many in-authentic versions I have tried.

Review: This place is by far the most authentic Japanese  restaurant that I have been to outside of Japan.  After living in Japan  for a number of year, my husband I are constantly searching for something that  comes close to the food we loved in Japan - this restaurant does!

In the Japanese izakaya tradition, we ordered a number of small dishes to share  among 4 people.  Everything was good and most
things were extremely  authentic.

The restaurant was clean, the service was friendly, it  felt like you were walking into a little slice of Japan, with lots of
Japanese  and Asian clientele.  The price is also very reasonable.

I highly recommend this restaurant!


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5Nov/10Off

REVIEW: Matsuri Japanese Restaurant (Miami)

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Submitted by: Abby M.; Aomori-ken, 2004-2006  Date Submitted: November 5, 2010

Name: Matsuri Japanese Restaurant
Address: 5759 Bird Road Miami, FL 33155
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: Matsuri is located in the middle of the Red Bird shopping center (at the corner of Bird and Red roads). It's a little hard to find, but well worth the search! Matsuri has the reputation of being one of the most traditional Japanese restaurants in South Florida. It is a favorite with the local Japanese community, and has a broad enough menu that anyone can find something to enjoy. Japanese menu also available.

 


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5Nov/10Off

REVIEW: Miyako Restaurant (Sunny Isles Beach)

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Submitted by: Bahia S.; Gunma-ken, 2005-2007 Date Submitted: November 5, 2010

Name: Miyako Restaurant
Address: 18090 Collins Ave Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160 (305) 931-0455
Review Type: Business (Restaurant)

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Review: If you are looking for fresh, authentic sushi then don't go  to Miyako, but if you want a quick fix and the fun experience of all-you-can-eat  then this place isn't bad.

The ordering process is a little confusing, in that you write everything on  slips of paper and the # of items that you want and give that to the server.   Don't forget to put your initials and the table number at the top.

The sushi was pretty odd because the rice was just normal rice, without any of  the sushi rice vinegar that real sushi should have.  Overall the food was  edible.

Service was a bit slow.


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