Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sushi Roll Land

Sushi Roll Land
12959 Peyton Dr Ste B
Chino Hills, CA 91709

Sushi Roll Land is located next door to 85C Bakery, which used to house City Broiler.  Before Sushi Roll Land this space used to be a tofu and a wraps restaurant.  Sushi Roll Land opened back in May of 2018.  There are about 20 tables spread throughout the restaurant.

It's and all you can eat pl;ace, $21.95 for lunch, and $25.95 for dinner.  There are some rules, 70 minutes from the time your first order is served.  They also limit the number or nigri sushi to 10 and two rolls in your first order. But, they didn't enforce those rules when I was there.  I ordered 3-4 rolls my first order. 

Overall I found the sushi to be good quality.  Many rolls are named after cities and stores in the area, there is a Wendy's, Chase, and a Pomona and Chino Hills rolls.  The portions, especially the nigri sushi are big, except for the shrimp.  Otherwise, the fish are about the size of sushi you order off the menu.  Nigri sushi is one piece.  This is much better than the other all you can eat sushi in Chino Hills-Kiku Sushi!  I was impressed, and I would go back. 

I posted pictures and if I wrote something if it really stood out or was bad.

Yellowtail, shrimp, and tuna nigri sushi.

Shrimp tempura- This was a premade frozen shrimp tempura that was fried.  The outside was crunchy, but the inside was very mushy.  That means the oil was too hot and the outside cooked faster than the inside.

Fried Calamari-An interesting dish.  I liked this, especially with the onions.  I think it was frozen, but the calamari wasn't rubbery.  Good crunch and flavor.  I know it's all you can eat, but they could make this a bigger portion.

Tiger roll- shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, crunchy flakes.

Crab stick nigri sushi and halibut.

Spicy tuna roll and cucumber roll.

Vegetable roll-avocado, cucumber, deep fried asparagus, tufu, and lettuce.  I ate two pieces before I realized I didn't take a picture.

In N Out Shrimp- Shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, and cucumber.  Outside shrimp, avocado and eel sauce.  I loved this roll.  Very fresh shrimp on the outside!!

Mexican roll- spicy crab and avocado.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Pizza Plant

The Pizza Plant
55 S Madison Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

The Pizza Plant is located in a space called Kitchen United.  It's like a food court, where are a bunch of restaurants that share the back of the house-the kitchen space, and the front of the house is a common dining area.  I noticed Canter's Deli, a Cuban restaurant, and Mama Musubi, sharing this space.  They do not accept cash, it's all plastic.  You order at a kiosk.  Then somebody calls out your order.  It takes some getting used to.

The Pizza Plant is a vegan pizza place- just like Cruzer Pizza, it seems like pizzas come in three sizes- a 10 in round, a 14 in thin pan, and a 24in that you can share.

The 36% • Everything But The Hog Classic House-made Pepperoni, Plant Craft Cashew Mozzarella, San Marzano Marinara, Oregano-Thin crust pan style-$14.  This was terrible!  A complete waste of money and calories.  The crust was too crispy, had no flavor, and was .  The sauce was too bland, no flavor.  The pepperoni was like eating rubbery, chewy, pieces of flavorless gum.  The cheese was the only thing that was half way good.

Service- The only service is some person calling your name, when your order is ready.  He was nice and he did answer some questions about what other restaurants were part of this Kitchen share.

No reason for me to go back to The Pizza Plant.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Corky’s Kitchen & Bakery

Corky’s Kitchen & Bakery
2051 Rancho Valley Dr
Pomona, CA 91766

Corky’s Kitchen & Bakery is an area chain, that's open 24 hours a day.  Their breakfast and lunch menu is served all day, but the dinner menu goes from about 3pm to 10pm.

The Corky’s Kitchen & Bakery in Pomona is located in a fairly new shopping center, with almost every kind of food you want.  The center where Corky's has a Golden Corral, a  pizza place, a Dickey's BBQ, a couple fast food places.  Across the street is a Target, and yet more restaurants including Panda Express.

I actually went to Corky's twice.  One time for breakfast and the other time for dinner.

Mushroom and cheese omelette-$11.49  This is a huge portion, 5 eggs, a good amount of cheddar cheese and fresh mushrooms.  A good, solid dish.

The hash browns were cooked perfectly on one end-perfectly brown, but the other end could have used a few more minutes on the grill.  But, the hash browns were not seasoned at all.  What professional cook forgets to season their hashbrowns?

Service during breakfast was ok.  The server never smiled, wasn't the friendliest, but, I didn't lack for anything.

Shrimp and chips -$13.19.  Eight frozen butterflied shrimp, four pieces that stuck together, so one side wasn't browned.  But, I'm not expecting fresh shrimp from a diner.  The steak fries weren't seasoned, but cooked perfectly.

Service for dinner was ok.  I had two servers, one must have went on a break.  I realize I was eating at the counter, but I won't want to hear the servers complaining about their hours, or boss.  Do that away from me.

I think some people would find Corky's a bit pricey, but for the amount of food you get, I think it's worth it.  You won't leave hungry.  I would go back, but I still can't believe the cooks don't season the potatoes!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Borreguitas BarExpress

Borreguitas BarExpress
977 S Garey Ave
Pomona, CA 91766

David Allen wrote about Borreguitas BarExpress a few weeks ago. It's a small place, where you either order at the counter, if the order is to go, or you take seat if you're eating there.  I would say there are about 6-8 tables.

It's so new they do not have a sign installed yet.  Just a banner over the signage of the business they replaced.

Vegan burrito with asada soy meat, refried bean, onion, and cilantro-$6.99.  This tasted more like a bean burrito because there was a very small amount of asada soy meat.  The beans were fine, the tortilla tasted as though it was made fresh, the onions and cilantro were fine.  I just wish there was more soy meat.

Service was good.  But, if you pay with plastic, they charge you a $1 fee, which violates the agreements businesses have with the credit card companies.  They also don't tell you about the $1!

Borreguitas BarExpress is ok.  There aren't many vegan restaurants in Pomona, but I can get a bean burrito from many other places in Pomona.  I want a vegan option with actual a good amount of vegan meat. Not a tiny portion of vegan meat, and the rest something I can get at any Mexican place in the area.  Matter of fact, there is a Mexican restaurant right door.

Saturday, October 27, 2018


Highland Park Vegan Night

When I had Cena Vegan, I wanted to try Avocadamama too.  But, they weren't set up that night, or at least I didn't see them. 

Avocadamama is vegan pasta, with some great sauces.

Og Mac-$8, original cheese over rigatoni pasta topped with bread crumbs. The rigatoni is a bit thicker and larger than the rigatoni I've eaten before.  But, the sauce is outstanding.  Good flavor and very smooth.  But, the bread crumbs were too much.  The crumbs were very hard and tough to chew. 

I would get this next time, without the bread crumbs.

Service is good.

I would go back to Avocadamama to try some of their other vegan pasta dishes.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnut
100 Universal City Plz
Universal Cityshop, CA 91608

Voodoo Doughnut is a well known donut shop in Portland.  They opened up a location at City Walk about a year ago.  Since I was already at City Walk, I decided to see what the hype about Voodoo Doughnut is all about.

I would compare Voodoo Doughnut to California Donut, with their creative ways of making donuts.  The store is a bit small, with the counter/display at the back.

Butterfinger donut-$1.95.Chocolate cake donut, with vanilla frosting and butterfinger crumbles on top.  This was ok.  The outside of the donut was a bit overdone.  It lacked flavor and didn't taste like butterfinger at all.  I wouldn't order this again.

Service was pretty good.

I don't get the hype of Voodoo Donut.  California Donut has more creative and better tasting donuts!!

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe
1000 Universal Studios Blvd Ste 99
Universal City, CA 91608

I went to the Hard Rock Cafe at City Walk many years ago.  I took a friend who was in town to City Walk, and while we didn't eat there, I decided to do a review.  But, without a picture of the food, because I'm not going back and overpaying for a burger.

Most people know that Hard Rock Cafe has tons of rock n roll memorabilia.  The food is mediocre at best, and always overpriced.

Hickory Barbeque Bacon Cheeseburger-current price-$16.95.Basted with hickory barbecue sauce and topped with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, crisp lettuce and vine-ripened tomato.  Click here to see a picture of this burger.

This burger was fine.  Nothing great or bad about it.  It was cooked perfectly.  But the fries were soggy and cold.

Service was good.

It's all about the atmosphere at places like Hard Rock Cafe.  The food is secondary.  If I'm going to pay that much for a burger, it better blow me away.  There are many gourmet burger places that have much better burgers at better prices!