Roppongi

22 Apr

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Roppongi Japanese Steak and Sushi is one of the newer restaurants in town.

Roppongi  literally means “six trees” and is a district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. This area is famous for its rich Roppongi Hills area and for its active night life.

According to Linda Negro’s article in the Courier and Press, this is the first restaurant that co-owners Sona Weeks, her husband Lee, and her brother Youngho Sun have opened.

Our meal began with soup and salad. Although the dressing was delicious, the salad itself was nothing special…just your basic iceburg lettuce with a few sparse shreds of carrot and cabbage.

The soup was not awesome, either. It was a thin broth with bits of mushroom and scallions.

While the warmth of the soup was nice on a cold evening, it had a slightly odd flavor that I had trouble identifying. It tasted a bit stale, like the soup had come out of a box instead of made fresh. Or like there were a lot of preservatives in the soup.

The main dish was much better. The teriyaki salmon was perfect: slightly crusty on the outside and tender on the inside.

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The vegetables were absolutely delicious and the perfect combination of crisp-tender.

The noodles were fine, as was the fried rice (which came on a separate plate). Pretty much your basic starches – and a lot of it, at that! I wish there had been no noodles and more salmon. I felt like the noodles were just there to fill the plate.

I personally would not go back for the dish I ordered. However, I have heard their sushi is really good, so I might try that out sometime down the road. I heard that the Top Secret Roll, brought to your table aflame, is quite the experience.

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