What Doesn’t Taste Better Deep Fried?

Seriously. Deep frying is magic. Good thing I a) don’t have a deep fryer, b) am too afraid to deep fry anything in a large pot of oil, and c) am too cheap to buy that much oil!

As I mentioned before, I was meeting up with a coworker for a sushi dinner. Usually, we would go to Ebizo, my favourite sushi restaurant in Victoria. Alas, they aren’t open on Mondays. And since I had promised Karen that I would check out her favourite sushi restaurant before I moved, we made our way to Tamami Sushi.

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It’s a nice, large space with high ceilings, clean decor, and lots of light from the large windows at the front of the restaurant. It wasn’t too busy, but let’s face it – it was a Monday night. Not exactly prime dining night.

The menu had your usual assortment of eats at a Japanese/sushi restaurant, as well as a few special house rolls/cones that did look intriguing, but I was in the mood for a more classic meal.

We started out with a pot of green tea – a must!

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The the food just started coming. Well, mine did anyways. I guess that’s what happens when you order a la carte. First, there was the gomae spinach in a sesame sauce.

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Tamami gets points here, because Ebizo doesn’t offer gomae on their menu, and I often can’t get it at some of the other sushi restaurants – they always tell me they are “sold out”. I think they lie. This one had an interesting flavour, almost like there was some sort of beer on it. I think it might be a type of miso they use in the sesame sauce, but it was a definite beer note.

I also ordered vegetable tempura. I didn’t realize I was getting such a giant basket full! There were green peppers, yams, mushrooms, zucchini, and onions. I think the onions are my favourite 🙂

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Talk about fresh out of the fryer. Pretty sure I burnt the inside of my mouth on the first piece I had. I really have no one to blame but myself though.

Then it was time for the sushi. I just can’t go to a Japanese restaurant and not have a little of the good stuff.

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For my roll, I went with the California roll. I don’t normally order California rolls, because there are usually more interesting rolls on the menu I’d like to try. To me, California rolls are what you have when you get sushi at the grocery store. But, I ordered this one because they use real crab, and my friend spoke highly of it.

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And I had to get a couple pieces of salmon nigiri. It’s definitely my preferred way to order raw salmon. Check out that colour.

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The sushi was fresh and clean tasting. Good quality seafood, and good ratio of rice to fillings. I could do without the parsley sprig in the middle of my plate though – it just seems out of place. I know, minor complaint.

My friend ordered the dinner special, which was a teriyaki salmon with prawn & vegetable tempura, gomae, and 3 California roll pieces. It also came with a side of rice and miso soup that escaped the camera. No matter, the dinner was much more photogenic.

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I know, almost the same food I ordered, but I just wasn’t feeling the miso soup today or the teriyaki salmon, hence why I went a la carte. My wallet would have preferred the dinner though 😉

So, even though we’d had our fill of delectable eats, for some reason we got a little wild and crazy, and ordered dessert.

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Deep fried banana with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Excuse the blurry picture – I was apparently having some stabilization problems. And I hadn’t even been drinking!

Check out the crispy banana and creamy ice cream.

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Hello deep fried banana! Where have you been all my life? What a great dessert – you have so many contrasting textures, temperatures, and flavours. It was awesome! I might not have needed it, but I sure did enjoy it. And what a great way to end a fun dinner with one of my foodie friends 🙂

Would I go back to Tamami? Sure, especially since it can be so hard to get into Ebizo some nights if you have no reservation. I would like to try out some of the other “usual” dishes that I order to get a good comparison, as well as some of their house specials. Let’s face it – I’ll eat at any sushi place that makes decent food. I love me some sushi.

Obviously, that was the extent of what I ate this evening. I spent the rest of my evening at home cleaning up, packing, and getting furniture ready to move into the kitchen early tomorrow morning. Why on earth would I want to do that? Well, I have the carpet cleaners coming in at 9 am, and I need the majority of my furniture off the carpeted areas. Plus I need to run a vacuum over it a few times before they can get the job done. Oh, the fun of moving! Friday will be here before I know it – hopefully I have it all done by then.

Since I need to get up early tomorrow morning, I need to get to bed. Nighty night 😀

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4 Comments on “What Doesn’t Taste Better Deep Fried?”

  1. August 11, 2009 at 4:43 am #

    Mmmm sushi looks great! I love the tempura broccoli when they serve it, but in yours I think I would prefer the sweet potatoes. yum. Deep fried banana sounds bomb!

  2. August 11, 2009 at 5:19 am #

    Oh yeah, what great looking sushi! And yes, I agree, green tea is a must!! There is something about green tea at a Japanese restaurant, it’s always SO MUCH better than anything I brew at home.

  3. Nicole
    August 11, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    I agree about deep frying 😀 I had my little deep frying kick a while back and although a lot of my friends thought I was insane, I know they were secretly jealous that I was at home munching on deep fried oreos!!

  4. August 11, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    What a great meal! It all looks very fresh.

    I’ve never been into anything deep fried…not my cup of tea. I heard on the radio this morning that there’s a restaurant…can’t remember the name or where it is….that deep fries Oreo cookies! That I might try!! 😉

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