Happy 7th Anniversary Lee’s Sushi of Wayne, NJ – Japanese/Korean Food Heaven

Baked seasoned rice in shell appetizerI was introduced to Lee’s Sushi last year. I love sushi, and was not familiar with some of the local favorites for sushi in the Wayne, NJ area. I was introduced to Lee’s Sushi, on Route 23, in the Staples shopping center. I would never have seen the treasure driving by at a Route 23 (without traffic!) pace.

Today is the restaurant’s 7 year anniversary, and I only found out about it yesterday. They are having some special giveaways – I wish they had an e-mail list, or were on facebook. Definitely would have liked to come and check it out.

The menu has a good selection of sushi dishes, bento boxes for variety, and Korean dishes, with favorites that include Bi Bim Bop and Bulgogi.

Korean cuisine is traditionally served with appetizers, so it is a nice touch that Lee’s offers, with a baked shell topped with seasoned rice. It is very flavorful and whets the appetite nicely.

We enjoyed a chicken bulgogi combination box, with fried rice, vegetables and a california roll.

Chicken bulgogi combination box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the highlights of this plate is a shrimp that is fried, wrapped with thin noodles and topped with a teriyaki sauce. Delicious.
noodle wrapped shrimp

Noodle wrapped shrimp - a look inside

It was a chilly night out, so I always love to warm it up with a bowl of soup. Nabe yake udon for me, please. So filling, I’m having the rest for lunch today. Two means out of one – gotta love it.

Nabe yake udon soup

A very happy anniversary to you Lee’s Sushi! Thank you for making Japanese/Korean food convenient to get to in Wayne – it’s nice to have a little international culture that’s fun to eat so close to home.

Avgolemono Soup and Hummus at Zorba in Wayne, NJ

Greek Lemony Chicken soup, AvgolemonoI’ve gone to Zorba for a couple of years now, here in Wayne, NJ right next to Corrado’s on Berdan Avenue.  The restaurant is casual, with a nice selection of greek dishes.

I had the lemony chicken soup before, but I couldn’t remember its name, turns out the Avgolemono soup is not on the menu, but on a chalk board when you come in the front door.  I was glad to ask the waiter for this warm flavorful and fresh soup on this chilly October day.

First, I ordered the hummus, which comes with warm pita bread, cut into convenient snack bite sizes.  The hummus is served on a plate with olive oil, topped with fresh parsley and dotted with a kalamata olive.

Hummus and pita that didn't last long at Zorba in Wayne, NJ

The hummus is creamy in texture and flavorful, with not too much garlic to overpower the chickpea’s nutty flavor.  I always enjoy this dish to start as an appetizer, and we seem to work on it throughout our meal.  It was so yummy I couldn’t resist taking a bite out of it before I shot this picture with my iPhone 5, no flash ever necessary with good lighting!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to my digital food blog, but now with my new upgraded phone, professional lighting equipment I’ve been working on, and soon to be upgrade to a better DSLR, I will be sharing more photos with you.  Stay tuned!

Best turkey burger at The Barnyard in Totowa, NJ

I got a gluten-free tip from a friend recently about the best turkey burger in town at The Barnyard in Totowa, NJ. Last night I decided to check it out.

The burger was, in fact, the best I’ve had. In this town or any other. The menu says that it’s homemade from fresh ground turkey breast. I can completely agree after the taste test that it was true. The turkey meat was fresh, and the burger had a nice char to it and grilled flavor. When I was trying to capture a shot of it, the lighting in the restaurant just didnt’t do it justice, so I tried to add as much contrast as I could without making it look too digitized.

The fries were also very good. I wouldn’t say the best I’ve ever had, but they certainly suited the dish nicely. Anything that serves to scoop up ketchup goes nicely.

The tomato was sliced thinly, as well as the onions, with a nice piece of green leaf lettuce that iI at at the very end like parsley. Because I prefer to follow a gluten-free diet, I had this burger without the english muffin it is traditionally served on.

This dish was truly a great find, and it is nice to see a local restaurant that can fill all seats on a Friday night (I am sure that having a live band helps, but they didn’t start until after we left.)

After the burger, I ordered a rainbow sherbert. They had a very nice dessert menu with professional food photos, but all of the cakes contained gluten as they had some crust of sorts.

How could I forget the Godiva chocolate martini. When given a Valentine’s Day menu, I couldn’t resist. It was good, and takes a nice enough photo with two straws. It lasted throughout the meal.

Oh, don’t want to forget to mention the wait staff was very attentive, but I wish the lighting was a little brighter (at least for my food photos!).