Raku Ramen

Takoyaki

Crispy edged balls of octopus and vegetables are battered and fried in a round skillet.  Then, those balls are topped with two sauces and bonito flakes.  Paired with pickled cabbage on the side, this is one very satisfying way to start the meal.

Be careful, don’t blink.

They were quick to disappear.

Miso Ramen
(Chashu Slices, Miso, Corn, Bean Sprouts, & Green Onion)

Seafood Tonkotsu Ramen

Traditional house broth was topped with whole shrimp, octopus, mussels, chashu slices, egg, seaweed, bean sprouts, green onion slivers, and roasted sesame seeds.

One Gorgeously Rich & Creamy Egg

Raku Japanese Restaurant
(RakuRamen)
2550 Pleasant Hill Road
Suite 112
Duluth, GA  30096
770 476 1212

Umaido

Shisito Peppers

They’re a perfect nibble.

Spicy Miso

This was a delicate spice.  Not too spicy and rich with miso,  this was a real winner.

You’ve got to love a perfectly creamy, custardy egg yolk.

Ultra Spicy Ramen
(Level 3)

Don’t be fooled by the low number.  The heat builds by the end of this generous bowl.  This was a pleasantly warm and tingly heat without being overpowering.  The spicy level ranges from 1 to ?? … you choose.

…And Spicy Noodles, Too!

Love it!

Umaido
2790 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road
#140
Suwanee, GA  30024
678 318 8568

Poppy Seed Danish

Poppy Seed Danish

San Pancho Bakery
(Brooklyn, NY)

Surprisingly fresh, soft, fluffy, not too sweet, and jam-packed with poppy seeds, we loved these.

Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Highway NE
Doraville, GA 30340
770 455 0770

Vosges — Super Dark + Matcha

Vosges Super Dark
Matcha Green Tea + Spirulina + Cocoa Nibs

Dark, luxurious and surprisingly creamy, this deep dark chocolate melts beautifully on your tongue and the cocoa nibs add even more complexity and dark chocolate kick.  But, the aftertaste is odd.  There’s an overwhelming powdery taste.  It’s a residual flavor and texture that is reminiscent of powdery, grainy carob.  …Or, maybe it’s a bit like a mix of chocolate malt powder and very light milky tea.

It’s interesting and quite good (bordering on very good) to start.  But, we’re not in love with the finish.  As a matter of fact, the finish leaves you with unpleasant dusty memories that might be best forgotten.

Vosges

World Market
($6.99 a bar at World Market)

Nori Nori

Nori Nori

The Highlight of the Meal?  Salmon Skewers

…And, A Variety of Seaweed Salads

Soft Serve Green Tea Ice Cream

This is the sole reason we made a return visit.  Seriously.

It was slightly icier on the second visit.  But, we still loved it.

We’ll happily pay the price of admission for this green tea ice cream.  It makes us happy.  And, it might just be the best soft serve green tea ice cream that we’ve ever tasted… more tastings will definitely be needed to be sure.

Soft Serve + Green Tea = Ice Cream Love

Nori Nori Japanese Buffet
6690 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA  30328
404 257 1288

Tokyo Bay Japanese Buffet

The sauces were unpleasantly (almost overwhelmingly) sweet on both the unagi and the agedashi tofu.

The fruit was nice.

Tokyo Bay Japanese Buffet
925 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30076
678 352 9937

New Saigon Vietnamese Bistro

Black & White Tofu

This was crispy and brittle with the added richness of sesame seeds on the outside.  On the inside, silky smooth tofu melts delicately with your bite.  What’s not to love?

Beef  & Basil Salad

Topped with a generous amount of tender beef, this works.

Teramide Shrimp & Chicken

Teramide or Tamarind?

No, we should have gone with the Pepperlly Beef!!

Oh well, live and learn.

Desserts Included

New Saigon Vietnamese Bistro
3780 Old Norcross Road
Suite 106
Duluth, GA  30096
770 495 8828

DeliManjoo @ Buford Highway Farmers Market

Delimanjoo

Still yum…

If you eat them immediately, they’re delicately crisp on the outside.  The inside is dotted with just enough pastry cream to make them a special treat.  After a couple minutes of being bagged up, they get soft and a bit squishy.  That’s good, too.  And, 12 for just over $2.  You’ve gotta love ‘em.

Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Highway
Doraville, GA 30340
770 455 0770

Georgia Olive Farms Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Georgia Olive Farms Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(Chef’s Blend)

It’s quite mild, pleasantly smooth, and a tiny touch buttery.  If you’re looking for a light, bright, and mildly flavored olive oil, this will fit the bill.  It’ll add a light and lovely background note.  There will never be any fear that this olive oil will take over a dish.

At Buford Highway Farmers Market, it’s $28.99 for one 500 ml bottle.

Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Highway NE
Doraville, GA  30340
770 455 0770

Georgia Olive Farms
Lakeland, GA
229 482 3505

TJ House

Fried Basil & Oysters

Crispy fried oysters bursting with sweetness, brittle basil and golden brown slivers of garlic, we both loved every bite.

Spicy Chicken With Sichuan Sauce

Equally delicious, generously breaded chicken pieces were crisp, spicy and full of flavor.  Onions, scallions, red pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic and other spices kept us very happy from the first bite to the last.

Beef Tendon & Green Beans

Slivers of tender beef  tendon and green beans in sesame oil seasoned with red pepper flakes and chunks of spicy raw garlic started our meal.  With a great start like this, we knew good things were sure to follow.  And, they most certainly did.

TJ House Asian Cuisine
3780 Old Norcross Road
Suite 113
Duluth, GA 30096
470 545 0431