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Who travels to Fairlawn, Ohio for sushi? Well, apparently I did.
Ohio food folks talked about Sakura in Fairlawn like it was Godzillla approved…so I decided to check it out. Maybe I’d meet Mothra there too.
Slathered on miso dressing on their salad was not a good start.
Pieces of iceberg lettuce were shredded gigantically…which would be nice if I was an ogre.
May I remind you that Japanese food is delicate which each bite is delicately positioned for maximum taste in minimum bites.
See, told you
Miso soup – $1.95
Miso soup was a tad salty, but I was glad to see tofu cubes in the soup. Some Japanese resties offer miso soup with an option of tofu since so many patrons ask “without tofu” – WTH! Miso soup MUST have tofu. End of rant.
Unagi – $5.25
Another marker we use for Japanese resties is the eel (Unagi).
The Unagi was OK. These thicker cut were hefty but seemed fresh.
As you know, the most common downfall of this dish is the drowning of eel in sauce. Mediocre sushi joints submerge their eel in sauce to aid the patron in hiding the weird taste of eel. This is NOT how unagi was meant to be served. Happily, Sakura did not oversauce them…which is really nice to see…esp in suburbia hell of Fairlawn. Iidesu.
The toasted Sesame seeds always have a mind of their own.
Perhaps a thinner slice would have helped the torching for a slightly crisper crust.
California Roll – $4.75
We also use the ubiquitous California roll as the marker of good sushi place.
Just OK. Definitely needed more rice because these were smaller…and size matters right? Also Chefs probably should not have slightly brown avocado served. Maybe consideration to separate green from red….like avocado, then immitation crab meat, then cucumber. Also consideration to add more mayo…cause I didn’t get any.
Chirachi – $16.95
Nice add-on the flower for beauty.
This Chirachi box was filled to the brim w/ stuff-NICE! The usual suspects made the box including some fatty salmon, chunk of eel, and really decent ahi.
I was pleasantly and ordered more rice to match up the fish w/ rice portions. Nice work Chefs!
Shrimp was the weird part of this one. I would have preferred small sweet shrimp as opposed to the Gidron sized tasteless gulf shrimp.
Overall, not a bad sushi place in Fairlawn and VERY well priced for in Fairlawn, Ohio!
Hell, I’m just glad to see suburbia types have an option for Japanese food.
I know many people are afraid of raw fish. So here’s a few step-by-step pictorial guide for all those “Real Housewives of Fairlawn” types.
Step-3: Eat raw fish.
Ahhh, the joys of raw fish…and welcome to the 90’s ladies.
Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…
Since Food Network was doing their food truck filming this summer, I think a few of the other local food truck folks wanted to get in on the show.
I’ve never been to the Touch Supper Club Food Truck (been to the restie, but not the truck) so I decided to pop on by.
Also secretly hoping they had some Spam on their mobile menu too.
Also huge kudos for using a local Cleveland company and local parts.
Having a short attention span and ready to try something different, of course I was going to bust out the 2 for $7 special…and maybe a shrimp taco too.
Touch crews working hard and sweating away
Pulled pork tacos: Apple rosemary BBQ sauce, Cheddar, lettuce, and crispy onions. (2 for $7)
They were OK as the BBQ sauce might have over powered the taco.
Glad to see an entire leaf of lettuce there too…not the usual shredded cheapo stuff from other vendors.
Apple rosemary BBQ sauce was nice…but I think it might have either been more of a chutney than sauce.
BTW-from what I know, that’s not exactly cheddar. Perhaps a “Colby” descriptor might better suit this taco.
Fried Mac and Cheese tacos: Crispy Fried Mac & Cheese, lettuce, pancetta, scallion, and sour cream. (2 for $7)
These were just we OK too.
In the first bite, it was kinda dry as I didn’t get much sour cream…the binding agent.
Good crisp on the Mac& Cheese, but insides were barely warm.
All the ingredients individually are great, but if there isn’t a binding agent then it’s a cobb salad without dressing.
Maybe an addition of some pancetta creme fraise?
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco: Marinated shrimp, bacon corn salsa, and lettuce. (2 for $7)
Shrimp was well cooked and I enjoyed the non-bacon corn salsa.
But there could have been a better binding agent to tie all these separate items together…maybe like more salsa in the corn or maybe goat cheese.
Having great ingredients is the foundation of great dishes…but if you don’t pinpoint the thread that binds them together, your tapestry of culinary genius will unravel before your eyes.
Jeez-I gotta stop reading fancy novels.
If you really want to know, I was unimpressed by the national food trucks that came here for the race. Nothing to write home about.
But good day to see our local Cleveland food types mob the scene and support our local food folks.
Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…