Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sakura - Ojai, CA

Sushi. I have been craving it for awhile now. We have settled into home cooking life at home but both Scott and I were itching to get out and have some fun. So we grabbed Kat and wandered down the hill to get our grub on. 

The chef sent us over a complimentary treat. They were deep fried tuna balls, tasty and a great start to our meal.

Edamame is a basic start to any sushi meal and so we started off with them. 

And then there was this. I was having fun doing most of the ordering for the table. When I saw "Uni Shooter" on the menu I had to be adventurous and try it. How does sea urchin, quail egg in a citrus ponzu sauce and topped off with fish eggs sound? It sounds very scary. It was actually buttery, rich and something completely velvety. I am such a food nerd!

Next up, Baked Green Mussels. I love the steamy hot filling of crab and mayonaise. It pretty much is my favorite way to eat food too, out of a shell! Makes dining fun!

Kat ordered the Cherry Blossom roll and it was so beautiful. A party of tuna, salmon, yellowtail and snapper all wrapped up with cucumber in a ponzu sauce made Katherine a very happy girl. It is a rice free dish so if you are avoiding carbs or are gluten free - this could be the dish for you!

When I saw the Highway 33 Roll on the menu I had to try it because it sounded delish. Shrimp tempura, crabmeat, cucumber in the inside. On top was albacore and a duo of sauces, creamy siracha and unagi sauce. It was sort of bland but it got the job done and we were starting to get full.

The last food item of the night was the Philadelphia Experiment. It is totally sinful and packed with fat and calories for days. But it all doesn't count when your on date night so I figured why not?! Think deep fried salmon and cream cheese, then topped with spicy tuna and drizzled with creamy siracha. Spicy, crunchy, creamy and good. I thought it was an excellent ending to our meal.

The bill was very reasonable for the amount of food we received and I liked the energy of the restaurant. People all seemed to be quite jovial and added to our enjoyment. Little, old Ojai knocks another one of the park! 

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