Friday, February 21, 2014

Sushi Alley, Exquisite Sushi, Amazing Atmosphere, Audible Conversations :-)

Sushi Alley was the perfect place to treat my daughter for her 25th birthday. It was just the two of us and it was amazing. Talented sushi chefs create unique eats that I've not seen anywhere in Tulsa. 

     They greeted us awesomely and seated us right away. They had people dining, some with children, some without. The ambiance was what I like to see in locally owned restaurants. Music was faint in the background so we could carry on a conversation nicely. 

     We started with the complimentary miso soup...oh the flavor! Serious umami-ness! My daughter ordered the edamame and I ordered something I've never thought of but wished I had...edamame in creativeness and wow in taste. Served with cool, fresh cucumbers and peppers with soft, warm, pita bread.
Edamame Hummus-the perfect blend of edamame beans, cilantro, sesame oil, lemon juice, sea salt and truffle oil/served w/veggies and grilled pita bread  $6/10

     They have a pretty impressive wine list. My daughter ordered a pinot noir and I ordered my favorite, Callia Malbec.  Our Server was awesome...friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful when aiding us in ordering the right items. 

     The food, from the starters to the rolls, everything was so fresh and full of flavor! I can't recall everything we ordered (must save receipts or take notes!) but I will say they offer many of the same rolls other sushi places offer, but again, the flavor was unique, serious umaminess flowed from one roll to the other.

 Eel Roll-$6

Rainbow Roll-snow crab, cucumber, avocado, topped w/ tuna, salmon, white fish and yellowtail

     I love the inside of Sushi Alley...the bar is lit up all the way across, the rest of the restaurant is small, cozy and has soft lighting. 

Birthday Girl :-D
     This is a great place, period. From service to exquisite sushi and wine list, I give two thumbs up.  It's a great place to meet up with friends, family or a date not just because of the soft lighting and great atmosphere, but because the music isn't too loud, so you can actually carry on a conversation and enjoy top-notch sushi and Japanese cuisine. 戴きます (Bon appétit)!

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Mr. Tacos' tacos are loaded with so much flavor and spice...holy guacamole!!

Mr. Tacos' food truck was at the Colony Sunday night. I'd been wanting to try them out...

Obviously, the freshest ingredients...look at that avocado tomatillo salsa...yum.
It was pretty good...okay, VERY flavorful.  The guys running it were very nice and did I mention the food had TONS of flavor? Yes...proteins were a bit on the dry side, but that said, I'll revisit that aroma-licious little taco truck again.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Tallgrass Prairie goodness!!

     Okay, this place had the kind of food I expect to eat at Tulsa's locally owned restaurants.  Tulsa is well-known in the restaurant world throughout the U.S. as a great farm-to-table place to open a restaurant. Primarily because of the vegetation and locally raised beef. And Tallgrass Prairie Table did NOT disappoint!

     They even had a special "Theater" menu for those of us attending the Tony Bennett show that night...but the regular dinner menu was also available.

     We were greeted by a friendly hostess and seated immediately. Service took a bit for as slow as it was when we first arrived.  Our server, while he was very nice, was also not quite as experienced. He didn't seem to know anything about the menu items...but it was still okay.

      My sister started with the Kale Salad made with preserved lemon & anchovy vinaigrette, crispy chicken skin and rye croutons. And then she ordered the Grilled Flatbread as her entrée.

     Grilled Flatbread with wild mushrooms, fresh thyme and house-made goat ricotta and winter pesto-$9

     I'm not as "healthy-choiced" when I frequent an establishment like this I ordered the Hard-Cider Braised Pork Belly and Scallops.
 Hard-Cider Braised Pork Belly & Scallops with butternut squash puree, charred mustard greens and guajillo bbq-$28

 We split this amazing apple, pear and berry was awesome.

     The food was amazing and I'll go back for that alone, good service or not, the food is the star of the show. Now for the downside...restaurants like these normally also pride themselves on the wine list and are happy to bring you a shot of wine if you're considering ordering a glass or bottle. They had one that the inexperienced waiter suggested but he didn't really know how to describe it, so I asked for a small taste. He came back and said the bartender wouldn't allow it.  If I wanted to, I could've complained to the manager and I wished I'd asked for the name of the bartender so as to not sit at the bar when they're working. It seriously left a bad taste in my mouth. Not only is it idiotic to NOT allow someone to sample a glass in order to close the deal, and it was one of the more expensive kinds, it was rude.  But again, the food, the star of the show, will bring me back. I'm a foodie, after all :-)

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