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Thursday, January 21, 2016

AYCE Sushi

AYCE Sushi
116 N Grand Ave
West Covina, CA 91791

I found AYCE Sushi looking online.  I figured I would give them a try.  The shopping center is undergoing construction and AYCE is tucked in the corner with no outside sign!!  So, it can be tough to find, especially at night.

A pretty small restaurant that was packed on the night we went.

All you can eat is $25.95 for dinner.  A good deal since most rolls are $10.95 or more each.  I thought the rolls were smaller than other sushi restaurants, which is good, you can try different rolls. 

Crab sushi

Shrimp sushi
Popcorn lobster roll-inside-avocado, crabmeat and cucumber.  Outside- deep fried crawfish.  It was ok, but if you're going to call it lobster put lobster in there.  Yes, I know crawfish and lobster are from the same family.  But, crawfish and lobster are different!

Salmon crunch roll-Inside- avocado, cream cheese, crabmeat.  Outside-slamon.  This was suppose to be deep fried.  It was deep fried but too soggy, as if the oil wasn't hot enough.

Shrimp tempura roll.
Side salad
Shrimp tempura- Frozen shrimp tempura that is deep fried and kept under heat lamps.  Not very hot or crunchy.  Very thin pieces of shrimp.

AYCE Roll-Avocado, spicy crabmeat, cucumber, shrimp tempura. Outside- salmon and tuna.

In N Out Spicy Roll-inside-avocado, crabmeat, cucumber and shrimp tempura.  Outside-spicy tuna and crunch.-  Pretty good but the spicy tuna isn't that spicy.

Soft shell crab- very small soft shell crab.  Crunchy, but very greasy.  Not a good item.

Service was good.   The servers were nice and friendly.  The rolls and sushi came out quickly.  Drinks were refilled quickly.

I would go back to AYCE Sushi, although I would get some of the rolls like the lobster popcorn roll or the roll I couldn't remember the name.  But, overall the sushi is pretty fresh and decent quality fish.  It's all you can eat, I'm not expecting prime grade sushi and if you are, you're an idiot!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

AJ Barile’s Chicago Pizza Co

AJ Barile’s Chicago Pizza Co
32693 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa, CA 92399

AJ Barile’s has been on my bucket list for a very long time, ever since I heard they won awards for best pizza!  The first thing to know about AJ Barile’s is that they are not a deep dish Chicago pizza.  Believe it or not there are pizza places in Chicago that do not make deep dish pizza.  In fact there are many good places in Chicago that serve thin crust pizza. 

AJ Barile’s is located on a corner of a long street that is surrounded by houses, but very few businesses.  It's a very large restaurant with plenty of seating and well lit.  When I got there the degenerate steelers fans were crying in their beer after losing in the playoffs!! 

Medium jalapeno and mushrooms pizza, $15.32.

This pizza was good, but not great.  If I were a judge at a pizza contest, I would not vote this in my Top 5, unless the other four were Domino's, Papa John's, Pizza Hut, and Round Table!  The crust was dusted with a very salty garlic power.  The crust was firm and chewy.  It wasn't like the huge New York thin crust, but just a regular thin crust.  The toppings were fresh and pretty plentiful.  There could have been a little more cheese.  The sauce was mild, not tangy or sweet, and pretty good. 

Service is good!  Very nice and friendly!

When I realized I was going to pass by AJ Barile’s, I wasn't going to pass up an opportunity to finally give them a try! While I'm glad I did finally get a chance to try it, I'm glad I didn't make a special trip.; it's a good pizza, but not so great to make a special trip!

Tottie’s Asian Fusion

Tottie’s Asian Fusion
7901 E Thomas Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

So, I'm out in Arizona and a friend suggests we should go to Tottie's for dinner.  As you can see Tottie's is an Asian Fusion restaurant.  They have a large menu with Thai dishes and sushi.

It's a huge restaurant with booth seating on the sides and a bar in the middle. 

Crunch roll, $5 happy hour price, $8, regular price.  This was pretty good.  But, the shrimp tempura wasn't that crunchy and the pieces were a bit small.

Shrimp chow mein, $11, carrots, green onions, bean sprouts and of course shrimp.  They use a thinner noodles than I'm used to.  But this was a very good dish.  The noodles were well cooked and lots of flavor.

Service is very good.  Our server was very friendly and came to our table often!  Drinks were refilled quickly and food arrived quickly too.

If I'm in Scottsdale again, I would go back to Tottie's. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015


108 W 2nd St
Ste 104
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Badmaash is a weird sounding name for an Indian restaurant.  Located a couple doors from Pitfire Pizza, my friend and I were drawn in by the smell of Indian spices.

A small sized restaurant with more seating upstairs.  It's dark and gives off a nightclub atmosphere.  

Salmon "Boti" Kabaab, $19, marinated in yogurt with fresh dill, lime, and serrano chilies, in a smoked tomato chutney.  The farm raised salmon was very moist and tender, with a wonderful flavor  The chutney was ok, I wasn't a fan, but I would have been very happy with the salmon without the chutney.  It's a decent sized portion, but I think it is overpriced.

Traditional samosa, $4 each, potato, peas, coriander seeds, cumin, and ginger. This came right out of the fryer and was very good.  The light, flaky, wrapper was perfect fried.  The inside was soft, tender flavorful potatoes with the right amount of spices.  Now, $4 is a steep price to pay.  They are good, and a good size, but not worth $4.

Service was good.  Nice, friendly, and quick service.

I understand that downtown LA is changing and the rent for commercial space are also increasing.  While the food at Badmaash was good, it wasn't worth the high price tags.

Happy Kitchen-Chino Hills

Happy Kitchen
3233 Grand Ave
Ste J
Chino Hills, CA 91709

David Allen recently reviewed Happy Kitchen in Chino Hills.  I must have passed by tons of times, but never stopped in.  Located in the same shopping center as the now closed R & R Pizza, which is now a pho restaurant.  This Happy Kitchen has nothing to do with the Happy Kitchen in San Gabriel that I reviewed back in 2010.  Nor does it have anything to do with a Happy Kitchen in Upland, which is a very Americanized Chinese restaurant.

Like David Allen wrote, this is an authentic Chinese restaurant, not a PF Changs.  About a medium sized restaurant with plenty of tables.  Decor is sparse, but you're not coming here for the ambiance.  

Shrimp chow mein, $7.95.  This was a bit dry.  They could have added more soy sauce or something.  There were about six medium sized shrimp, that were well cooked.  There were some carrots, cabbage, and green onions.  The noodles were cooked perfectly.  A good dish, despite the dryness.

Broccoli shrimp $11.95.  About 8-10 shrimp, with brocolli, carrots and garlic.  The broccoli was crispy and fresh.  The shrimp was cooked well and there was a sauce that had a garlicky flavor.

Service is good.

While shopping at the Albertsons I have seen lots of people waiting outside at Happy Kitchen.  So prepare for a wait or go during an off time.  I like Happy Kitchen and will go back to try other items on their menu!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Man Sun Japanese

Man Sun Japanese
21190 Golden Springs Dr
Walnut, CA 91789

It must be a full moon tonight, because for the second time another terrible experience at a restaurant.  My first terrible experience was the fairly new Far East Cuisine.  This time at Man Sun Japanese, a long time restaurant in what used to be Walnut, but is now Diamond Bar!

The restaurant is packed, but that's not hard because it's a fairly small restaurant.  

I want sushi for take out.  I get the sushi menu and place my order.  The guy takes my order and gives it to the two sushi chefs behind the sushi bar.  I go out to make some phone calls and then to see if the nearby liquor store has a certain beer I like, Kronenbourg.  I come back into the restaurant and a female server tells me they do not have a sushi chef!!  WTF are those two guys behind the sushi bar doing?  Why didn't the guy who took my order tell me, instead of having me waste about ten minutes?  What kind of sushi restaurant doesn't have a sushi chef on a Saturday night??  Stupid management and restaurant!!

Terrible!  I won't go to this terrible restaurant again either!!

Far East Cuisine

Far East Cuisine
1220 S Diamond Bar Blvd
Ste C
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

I recently noticed Far East Cuisine and decided to give them a try tonight.  This location used to be Taza Fresh, which closed within a year of my 2008 review.

To be blunt, this place sucks!  The tables and floors are dirty and dingy.  I don't really mind because I'm ordering take out.  There is one lady waiting for her take out order and nobody else in the restaurant.

I'm at the counter ready to order, and instead of helping me, a couple walks in and the man who I believe is the owner, helps them!  They called in an order, but I should have been helped first! 

I place an order at about 6:20pm and he tells me it will be 7pm until my order is ready!  Again, there was one woman, who got her order, before I ordered, so there is nobody in the restaurant!  So why would it take almost 40 minutes to get my two dish order? 

Some people just shouldn't be in the restaurant business!!  Terrible!  I will not come to this terrible restaurant ever again!