POSTED BY JASON FETTERS, September 3, 2012 Share
I spent Day Two of my Labor Day weekend at the Sake House, near USF, with some friends. We were planning on studying Japanese at the Game Academy and that really didnít work out because there were too many people, tournaments were going on, and we lost our table to gamers. Anyway we decided to go to CDBs. I have been to the CDBs on Westshore and I was never impressed with their food. However, they did have nice big tables and all you had to do was order something from the menu.
From the outside I saw CDBs and the Japanese Sake House and noticed that they were next to each other. I wasnít in the mood for Italian food but I was willing to go along. I went inside and discovered that there is a middle area and that you can order from either the CDBs menu or the Sake House menu. So you could order a pizza to share and someone could order sushi and you could combine the best of the East and West all in one dining experience.
My friends order sake and the sake looked good. There was even a detailed chart on the menu with each bottle of sake and a rating scale of how dry and how sweet. The menu also had numerous sushi rolls with some clever names and combination like Clearwater Beach and the USF roll. At sushi bars, I like to order rolls with soup and salad and there was an option that gave you soup and salad plus two different rolls for the low price of $10. I got Mango, which is spicy tuna, avocado, with a piece of mango wrapped around the top. That was good. I also got the Jaguar, which is eel, avocado, and cream cheese that is fried on the outside with panko.
For some reason the waiter forget to bring the soup and salad and I asked about it after eating the rolls. There was so much food that I didnít want it but because it came with the order I was going to take it. I offered the salad to my friend and just drank the miso soup. The miso soup had tiny pieces of tofu and looked and tasted like instant miso soup that you can buy cheaply at any given Asian market. That was the only thing that was bad with the Sake House, bad miso soup. However the salad looked good. When I go back I will probably ordered one roll and a side salad instead of the combo, unless the other soups are better.
Anyway, it was Sunday night, no one had to wake up early on Monday so we drank sake. After that we drank even more sake. Then we played a game that helps out a lot with vocabulary called Shiritori. It means ďtaking the butt,Ē and is easy to play. One person says a Japanese word and the next person has to say a word that begins with the last syllable. For instance, if I say the word for car, which is kurama, the person next to me has to say a word beginning with the ma in kurama, so something like Makimono, meaning scroll. You canít say a word ending in n because no Japanese words start with n so whoever says an n word loses. For example if someone says miso and I say oden, (a Japanese stew,) I would lose. It is easy to learn and fun to play so we played Shiritori until everyoneís sake buzz wore off and it was safe to drive home.
So if you happened to be near USF and you want to try real sake and good sushi rolls or combine Italian with Japanese foods, then check out the Sake House on Fowler near 51st Street North, right next to USF. Iím sure you will enjoy it, just ignore the soup.
3.5 out of 5 Stars
"The Asian Aperture" is ©2012 by Jason Fetters. All contents of Crazed Fanboy are ©2012 by Nolan B. Canova and Terence Nuzum.
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