I love birthdays. Celebration of life? Well actually…I love the idea of cake or some sort of pastry being involved.
A few months ago for Allison’s birthday we decided to celebrate at Cholon.
You know I’m a sucker for awards.
The service was great. The décor was modern and hip…and the food? It was the best “Asian fusion” place I’ve been too. The food wasn’t so “fusion” that traditional Asian ingredients and flavors were lost.
Instead of a bread basket they brought out this sesame rice cracker for your table to share.
Then you order tiny plates to be devoured amongst your party.
- Yellow curry mussels with pork belly. You could just drink this broth up.
- Beef tartare with chinese mustard and tapioca puffs
- Shrimp and lobster chow fun, black bean sauce, and scallions
- Kung pao chicken with peanuts in szechuan sauce
- Soup dumplings. Delicious. Put one in your mouth and french onion soup oozes out.
- Curried duck spring rolls with yogurt sauce
- Chili crab rolls sriracha mayo
- Crispy calamari with lemon-chili aioli
Then they brought out the freshest tasting mango and grapefruit sorbet.
Cholon…I’ll be back. Just simmer down on the loud club music though.
For Glenn’s birthday we ended up at Domo Japanese Restaurant. If you want REAL Japanese food, then go here. You walk into this hut and dine on leather stools and atop a huge slab of a dinner table. Almost like a table out of Game of Thrones. In the back of the restaurant is a Japanese garden as well as a prayer room.
The menu is hard to navigate but basically you can choose from a ramen noodle bowl, udon noodle bowl, a rice bowl with sashimi, or a variety of sashimi. There are NO salt/pepper/soy sauce on the table because the fish is already seasoned for you.
Don’t be rude to the Japanese chef.
In addition to whatever you are ordering, your whole table gets random side dishes to share before your order gets there…FOR “FREE”!
Various vegetable and meat dishes. They were all lightly seasoned and pretty good. You can’t request for any substitutions though. Sorry vegetarians!
I ended up ordering the white tuna rice bowl. Thick chunks of seasoned fish on sweet sushi rice.
The service wasn’t bad as I read about on Yelp and I really enjoyed my dish. Glenn thought the place was overpriced and he ended up not being impressed with his sashimi. Typical Glenn.
Afterwards, (since I’m a lazy wife who didn’t bake my husband a homemade cake) we headed over to Crave Dessert Bar. It’s the new overpriced dessert and alcohol bar downtown.
Triple chocolate cake. How can something that looks so amazing have no taste? The frosting tasted like sugar…plain sugar. Have you tasted plain sugar? It tastes like sweet nothings! Haha, very disappointed. I mean I still ate 3/4 of it…but still…
Glenn got the banana bread pudding which was really good. Especially since the brown sugar on the side was a free for all with each bite.
Crave dessert bar is a great place for a girls night out post breakup but other than that…I won’t be back again.
Group shot of the people that know about my blog…haha. I’m trying to not post photos of unsuspecting people on here anymore…
OH birthdays. The best excuse to dine out or cook at home?
PS. Sorry about my crappy photos!