Raku — Unadon + Tonkostu Ramen

Steamed Buns With Pork Belly

Tender, thinly sliced pork belly with red pickled ginger, scallions, and finely shredded cabbage on a steamed bun, these were lovely.

Unadon

Roasted sesame seeds, red pickled ginger, scallions, seaweed slivers, and unagi top a bowl of steamed rice.  This is comfort in a bowl, Japanese style.

Tonkotsu Ramen

The first taste of rich broth is all about pork and roasted sesame.  The deep roasted sesame nuttiness underlined  the porky richness.   These powerful flavors mingle pleasantly.  But, they dont compete for attention.  On this visit, though, the egg was cooked more firmly.

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

Yummy Garden

Pompano In Spicy Sauce With Soy

When given the option, always opt for the spicy sauce.  That’s our rule of thumb, anyway.

With Cilantro Death Shroud

Yummy Garden
(Great Wall Food Court)
2300 Pleasant Hill Road
B-6
Duluth, GA 30096
770 623 8391

Ping’s Place

Shao Bing With Beef

Very Generously Stuffed With Thin Slices Of Tender Beef

$6.50 with a drink, this was one very tasty and hearty bargain.

Pan Fried Leek Dumplings

We couldn’t resist a couple nibbles.  And, the rest made a perfect midnight snack for two.

Next time:

Beef Soup With Noodles

(While we were there, about half of the customers in line ordered a bowl.  It looked incredible.)

Hours:  10:00am – 8:00pm

Ping’s Place
2300 Pleasant Hill Road
B-6
Duluth, GA 30096
404 819 3288

Sedap — Malaysian & Thai Cuisine

Sambal Udang

Fresh beans, onions and plump, tender shrimp were all sauced up gorgeously with a complex sambal that keeps you coming back for that next bite.  This was shockingly good.  And, the serving size was extremely generous.

Paired with that bowl of rice, we had to take about half of our meal home.

Curry Laksa

Spicy soup perfection, the richness mellows the heat beautifully.

Sedap, it’s a true gem that’s hidden in plain sight.

We’re sure to return, again and again.  We’re hooked.

Sedap Malaysian & Thai Cuisine
(Food Court Inside Assi Plaza Market)
1630 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
770 931 1818

Unadon — Sushi Mito

Unadon

Perfectly tender eel on a bed of gorgeous rice, we’re happy.

Tonkotsu Ramen

Egg, Boiled Hard

Sushi Mito
6470 Spalding Drive
Suite P
Norcross, GA 30092
770 734 0398

Dark Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream — Godiva

Godiva’s Dark Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream

About 2 big tastes (notice the missing top swirl?)  into this deep dark chocolate soft serve, we decided this was good enough to remember.  We were never fans of any of the Godiva drinks.  They were just way too sweet.  This was still very sweet, too.  But, here that sweetness works.  Simultaneously, this manages to be both super sweet and intensely rich with a creamy dark chocolate flavor that bonds to your tongue and gives each taste bud a chance to savor the chocolate.  It’s probably closer to a very strong frozen hot chocolate sort of milky dark chocolate taste than a true dark chocolate.  But, even the “Sweets, no thank you, that’s not my thing.” guy loved it.  So, yeah, we’ll definitely be back to share another one.

Dark Chocolate & Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cone With Almond Praline
($6 cup or cone)

Godiva

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)