Don Ishiyaki – Greensboro, NC

Don Ishiyaki is one of my favorite casual dining spots in the city.  Great food at a good price and they have kimchi, so that brings me back to my days in Koreatown (LA).   The star of the menu is the Ishiyaki which is means “cook on hot rock”.  I started out with a house salad which has mixed greens, carrots, cucumber, and fried wantons.  The dressing is a classic ginger dressing.  One of the few casual spots that chooses to serve mixed greens instead of iceberg.  Kudos for that.

House salad

For my entree I usually go with the Bibimbap with brown rice.  Bibimbap is steak, kimchi, green onion, bean sprouts and raw egg on top (you can’t see it in the photo because i got excited and forgot to take a picture).  It comes out in this hot rock bowl and you can push the egg to the side to start cooking it.  I mix it in a little.   The rice at the bottom continues cooking and gets this great crunch to it.   They also bring out some sauces and the spicy asian is a must.  The entrees are also served with a bowl of miso soup on the side.

Lina got the Veggie Ishiyaki and that is just as good.  Comes with tofu, bean sprouts, carrots, mushrooms, spinach, onion and zucchini.  She also got hers with brown rice to keep it on the healthy side.

veggie

This place is great for a casual lunch, low key dinner or group dinner before a night on the town.  Did I mention the vibe is killer.  The lights are dim and I think I heard some Hot Chip while I was there.

Imperial Koi – Greensboro, NC

Not having access to really fresh sushi and sashimi is a pain I deal with living inland. Nothing compares to sushi so fresh you can taste the sea it came from. So when a new sushi place opens up I get excited and hopeful that this may be the link to that freshness.

When you walk into Imperial Koi it feels clean and formal. The service is top notch, they are very attentive to you all night, not letting a glass go empty and making sure that “everything is wonderful”.

Lina and I went with a group of friends so I got to see alot of different dishes. The menu had a good selection of starters, entrees, and sushi. I started off with some nigori sake which came in a small glass with a stick of cucumber. For starters I got the seaweed salad which was a nice start to the meal, simple and clean.Lina got the Simple Salad which was mixed greens (not iceberg), wontons, and orange segments. The dressing was a ginger dressing. Very nice salad.


For my entree I needed to try the sushi so i ordered ala carte. Tuna, salmon, white tuna, sea urchin, and a spicy tuna roll.

The plate came out simple and clean. What I was looking for was freshness of the fish. All the sushi was quite good as a whole which is hard to find here. Between the tuna, salmon, and white tuna nothing stood out but were all great pieces of fish. The sea urchin was delicious, this is one of my favorites and this one was awesome. But the highlight of the night for me was the spicy tuna roll! I usually don’t order this roll but I wanted to see the execution. This roll had great texture, the spicy tuna mixture had a little kick and did not have too much mayo. This roll was outstanding.

My wife ordered sweet potato tempura roll, eel sushi, and shrimp and cucumber roll. Everything was good but the highlight was the sweet potato tempura roll, it was an interesting twist on a roll and the sweetness of the potato played nicely with the saltiness of the soy sauce.


And finally for desert we got the chocolate banana spring roll with vanilla ice cream. This was nice end to the meal as the portion was perfect and the flavors were well balanced.


I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for fresh sushi, great service, and an awesome spicy tuna roll!

Revolution – Durham, NC

A couple of weeks ago Mark and I went to Revolution for dinner before checking out a show at the DPAC. We were beyond impressed. The decor was our first “entree” so to speak. Really hip and clean looking. We never had a water glass that went below half full before it was refilled. The bread was delicious.
We started out with an appetizer of prosciutto, arugula, parm, and preserved orange. The orange didn’t quite “fit” for me, but otherwise it was really good. A good clean start to the meal that prepped us for what was to come.

Mark opted to get two appetizers for his main course. Above is a photo of the foie gras BLT made up of foie, serrano ham, arugula, and tomato. He quite enjoyed it. It’s a very rich appetizer but he seemed to love it. For me, it was too rich but I just can’t seem to appreciate foie the way many foodies do. Oh well. I keep trying.

He also ordered the Korean BBQ Short Ribs with kimchee. He’s a big kimchee lover so this was also a winner with him.

Now for my dish. I ordered the seafood paella and it was TOO DIE FOR. Such a lovely sauce. It’s not your classic paella but they did a really good job with it. Each mussel and clam had a bit of rice and vegetables in with it. It was a really neat way to serve paella.

By the end of the meal, we were so full from the food, the bread, the beer (mine non-alcoholic of course…being preggers and all). So we went for an espresso. It was so delicious and I just loved the added touch of the biscotti that was served with it. Those details truly do make a difference.

I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. They push the envelope more than they do here in Greensboro. Check it out….Their website is: www.revolutionrestaurant.com

Salvino’s – Greensboro, NC

Last weekend we went to Salvino’s…my favorite Italian restaurant in Greensboro. They (by far) surpass any other Italian restaurant I’ve been to in the area. The food is perfectly flavored and salted. And the portions are fairly large so you definitely get your money’s worth.


The last meal I had was a linguini with scallops, shrimp, lobster, sundried tomatoes, and scallions in a “rose” sauce (which is a mix of marina and cream). It was delicious. They have the best scallops I’ve ever had around here. There is no fishiness to them at all. My only issue is that there was a little to much sauce for me. But that’s easily resolved by just asking them to go light on the sauce next.

My husband got their classic lasagna Bolognese. He loved it and ate it all! I tried it and it was definitely delish.

So, we would highly recommend this restaurant. The service has also always been great. And fyi, you can’t make reservations there and need to have your entire party there before you get seated.

Their website is: http://www.salvino-restaurant.com