This semester I have been writing for my college paper, The Forum. Last week I pitched the idea of writing review pieces of ethnic restaurants and guess what? My editor gave me the go ahead. So tomorrow stop by Westminster College and check out my review of O’Falafel and Tsunami. But for a preview keep reading…
2223 South Highland Dr.
Open for lunch and dinner
5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
This little place can sometimes be forgotten. It resides in a red brick building next to the dollar theater and the interior seems to suffer from an identity crisis. The restaurant is decorated in a host of neutral colors that I find visually boring. The appearance seems to say, “Look, we’re high class,” but the location says, “we’re a neighborhood place where anyone can enjoy good food.”
Aside from the identity crisis of Tsunami, there are some wonderful things to be found there. First there is Albert. Albert is a friend from school and he loves to make people happy. So if you’re lucky enough to have him be your waiter, you are in for a great night. Second is the sushi. Tsunami flies in their fish fresh every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Last week, Ava and I chose to sit at the sushi bar. It was a new experience for me since I had only previously eaten at a table in Tsunami. So here’s what I like about the bar. 1. it’s a bar. 2. Brian the sushi chef. 3. it’s a bar and 4. the other people sitting at the bar. The guy next to us joined in on making fun of my non-existent chopstick abilities. He even sided with Ava and encouraged me to eat sushi with my hands.
We ordered the Samurai and Tokyo Cowboy sushi roles. They were phenomenal. Everything in the roll was very fresh. The yellow tail was sweet and delicious and the flying fish eggs were great. I love how they pop in your mouth. The presentation was beautiful. Brian even managed to make the wasabi and pickled ginger beautiful.
The Tokyo Cowboy had Kobe beef. For my first experience with Kobe, WOW! This is easily one of the best sushi rolls I have ever had. The roll was a blend of sweet and spicy. The fusion of Southwest flavors with traditional Japanese worked well together. I will definitely order this again.
For dessert we had the tempura fried ice cream. The ice cream was yummy, but tempura really wasn’t meant to go on it. Something a little sweeter like frosted flakes works more for me. In the end, we had wonderful food and a good experience for about $25.