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Houston best pizza: Pizzeria Solario

I have been making a review of Asian foods so far, so how about any other food? Don’t worry, this time it the time for Italian food review. Found this new place from Houston Chronicle website. The place is located in Greenway Plaza area, in the apartment complex behind Costco. It just opened about one month ago.

This is the exact address:
3333 Weslayan St #100
Houston, TX 77027.

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The pizza that they are making is different from what i usually eat from Pizza Hut. Their pizza style is called Neapolitan Style Pizza. It has the wet look because of the olive oil and mozarella. The pizza itself is thin and designed to be eaten by using knife and fork. They use the wood fired oven to cook the pizza.
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What to order? My friends and me ordered 3 different kind of 12-inch pizza. See below

These pizza has a good balance in tomato sauce, mozzarella, and olive oil. You could feel the richness of the tomato sauce and the cheese at the same time. The thickness of the pizza was perfect, not too thick and crunchy. The bottom of the pizza is not too burn and cooked at the perfect time. When you order the pizza, don’t forget to add an egg on top of it. 🙂

CHERUBSCORE: 9.0

Is it really 9.0? Don’t worry, I have many experiences with pizza, I have visited various pizza places in Houston such as Bombay Pizza, Pass and Provision, Buca di Beppo, Romanos’s Pizza. I think this is still the winner out of all.

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Ramen Adventure in Tokyo: Ichiran Ramen

Now I am going to share with you all about my little adventure in Tokyo, Japan. I went there last year (2012) during spring season. The main reason of my trip was to visit the most populated city on earth, go to Mount Fuji, and enjoy the cherry blossom. One of the thing that i should not miss is to try their local food. So, i did google search and looked for the popular ramen shop over there.

After couple hours of researching, i found this place called Ichiran ramen, located on Ueno Station (7-1-1 Ueno Taito-ku Tokyo-to 110-0005). The place was not too far from the hotel where i was staying. Tokyo is really convenient city. Basically, you don’t need car to go everywhere in the city. They have really good public transportation.

Please check this map of Tokyo subway system
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Subway Map [English]

Back to the topic, So i went to the station where this place is located. Was it easy to find this place? 🙂 I got lost in this station.

Fortunately, there is a nice janitor that was willing to direct me to the place. My Japanese was not that good at that moment. What i did was showing him the name of the place on my phone 😛

Finally, I found the place!!!

The place is not big. It has 27 counter-seats and 10 table seats. When I came to the restaurant, the employee greeted me in Japanese, he told me to sit in one of the cubicle there.

He explained how to order the food (in English). I had to do my order from the ticket vending machine. He also gave me the form to specify my ramen preference. I could specify the thickness of the broth, the softness of the noodle, the saltiness of the soup, etc.
You could find more instruction from this website http://www.ichiran.co.jp/english/html/oshokuji.html

I ordered the tonkotsu ramen with extra meats. After waiting for about 10 minutes, they brought the ramen bowl to my booth.
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The ramen was perfect. The broth has really rich taste, the meat was tender. The noodle was cooked perfectly, you can feel the texture and the softness of the noodle. The Ramen came with their signature red sauce on the ramen. The red pepper sauce did not kill the taste of the ramen, It has a good balance.

CHERUBSCORE: 9.6
Note: This place opens 24 hours. So if you are hungry at night or lost in subway station, this is the good place to go.

 

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Sushi Zo – Los Angeles Review

 

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When I was in LA. I got a chance to try this sushi restaurant. This place only serve omakase style sushi. It means that the chef will serve the sushi randomly. I was not even know what sushi will be coming next.

Based on my sushi knowledge, this place has really good quality sushi. They are fresh and unique. Most of the sushi in here are marinated and the waiter tell us not to put extra soy sauce.

Wait…. Where is the wasabi?

My friend asked the waiter for more wasabi. The waiter told him that they can’t give us more wasabi. Looks like they are using the real wasabi instead of the fake one (horse radish) that we usually have on the Japanese restaurant.

Reason: The price of the real wasabi is soooooo expensive.

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Don’t expect to see Californian roll or crunchy rolls (Americanized version of sushi), they only serve Nigiri style sushi. Most of the people that work there are Japanese including the chefs.  So if you want to know the taste of real Japanese sushi, you can visit this place.

CHERUBSCORE: 9.0

The place is located at
9824 National Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 842-3977

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How much was the cost?
We spend for about $200/person. 🙁
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Don’t forget to order the sake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFF TOPIC

If you still hungry and need to try more sushi, try this sushi pizza from JW Marriott’s L.A. Market Restaurant

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