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Shinsei

This restaurant is a hidden gem! Asian fusion cuisine is my absolute favorite, and I stumbled across this place while browsing through yelp reviews. It is super cozy, romantic, and kind of feels like an underground spot — located right next to Inwood theater, so it’s great for date night! Whether you’re craving sushi or hot food, they’ve got it all – and it always hits the spot.

The lettuce wraps are an appetizer to die for. They are served with hydroponic butter lettuce, and a sweet chili glaze. It gives you the option of chicken, beef, or rock shrimp. I always get the chicken, but I imagine the others will be just as good.

The surf and turf tataki is another appetizer that truly hits the spot. You want seafood, you want meat – but you don’t want to have to pick sides… It’s served with rare tuna and a medium rare tenderloin alongside a delicious and unique broccolini salad.

Now, let’s talk about my favorite thing on the menu… The crispy calamari salad is a fusion of flavors that really excites the palette. Just the right amount of calamari, heart of palm, a citrus vinaigrette, and pickled onions create this salad perfection.

Entrees… The hoisin baby back ribs are tender fall of the bone goodness. A half rack goes for $15 and it’s enough to fill you up well. The other dish I tried and truly enjoyed was the miso black cod served with bok choy and a sake-corn soup. You can’t go wrong with either of these options.

P.S- Half priced bottles of wine on Mondays. It’s a great opportunity to try expensive wines for a fraction less!

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R+D Kitchen

Houston’s is one of my favorite restaurants, so I was stoked about trying one of their concepts. When we arrived they told us it would be a 20 minute wait and let us know that the bar seating was available. We decided to wait, and they called us to a table after just 5 minutes. (I think the 20 minutes claim is a way to fill up the bar.)

The server approached our table with, “Hi, what would you liked to drink?”. She promptly returned with water and asked, “Are you ready to order?”. The server was attentive, but not friendly. This is the only part of my dining experience that was lacking.

We started with the deviled eggs… which were awesome and a total bargain for $4! Then my brother and I split the carnitas sandwich alongside the seared tuna roll. The sandwich was a little messy, but damn near perfect. Every ingredient contributed, and it was may more exciting than your standard pulled pork sandwich. The tuna roll was delightful. Don’t fret that R+D isn’t a sushi bar, the fish was still very fresh and tasty. I was also glad that they don’t serve traditional soy sauce, it seems to be a ginger soy or something of that type — it’s excellent. Be sure to ask about the rolls on the menu though, because there is not a description next to them – and I think some of them are much more exciting than they sound.

All in all, food and ambiance were fantastic! If you are a fan of Hillstone concepts, don’t miss R+D Kitchen. It’s also just a walk away from Sprinkles cupcakes… We’ll leave that for another post 😉

 

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