Monday, March 30, 2009

Guerilla food Reviews: Nikko Sushi

OK so if you’re ever in Puerto Rico and want some damn fine sushi, you HAVE to go to Nikko Sushi. I’ve had sushi in Orlando, New York, Boston and Puerto Rico. I’ve eaten in over 30 restaurants and the best eel nigiri sushi I’ve ever had in my life comes from the chef at Nikko Sushi in Isla Verde.

Here’s the thing, if I like a place, I’ll come back. Now if I love a place, I’ll use them as a comfort food silo to refuel my life energies via culinary delights. Nikko Sushi delivers on pretty much everything I look for in a place, reasonably price though not cheap, great quality food, decent variety, friendly people and incentives to taste the entire menu.

That being said, you need to order eel with your meal. There’s just no way of me saying just how damn good the eel is at this place. To add to this, there are a few rolls you should definitely order:

Azao Maki (with shrimp): Bloody fantasic rolls where a shrimp tempura roll with cream cheese has a bit of fish roe added and wrapped in rice paper. Make sure to taste all the sauces you get with it and mix and match as you see necessary.

Hot Tuna (big roll): Another great roll, decent price, delicious, fresh and hot.

Crazy Roll (with bonito flakes): Depending on where you go you can have different incarnations of the crazy roll, and though Sushi Hana’s and Wasabi’s tempura dipped delight fare better, Nikko’s Crazy Roll is no slouch.

Atlantic Roll: Tempura snapper with the works. Yummy yum.

Sunomono Salad: I’ve tried this salad in a variety of places and Nikko’s can bitch slap the rest into submission.

Sushi Pizza: I’ve tried Sushi Pizza in one other place apart from Nikko Sushi, and after that failed attempt at being tasty, I vowed never to ever order a sushi pizza at a place that isn’t Nikko.

Fried rice: you can measure the quality of most places by the taste of their rice. This goes for places that serve paella, risotto, Cuban/Dominican/Puerto Rican cuisine or Asian food. To put it simply, I don’t think I’ve ever had fried rice as good as Nikko’s.

Seriously, this might sound like a paid endorsement, but nothing could be farther from the truth. I consistently pay the full tab, though weekends have sushi specials which you should look out for if you want to save a couple of bucks. But to sum it up, I’ve been to Nikko sushi probably more than I should if I was ever worried about eating raw fish… but since I love it raw, I can’t help but recommend it enough. It’s quiet, it’s clean, people are nice and the food is delicious.

Make sure to order the house flan too… it looks harmless but once you sink your spoon into it, you’ll know you’re in for a very happy ending.

Average budget if you want to go all out have wine, dessert, starters, individual sushi and about 3-4 rolls is about $80, but trust me, it’s a truckload of food. To get there, you’ll have to be in Isla Verde and get on the overpass that leads into Marginal Villamar, also home to Panadería España, or be on the Baldorioty expressway en route to the airport and get our through the exit just before Grande supermarket.

Tip accordingly and your welcome when you take your first bite.


Guerilla Food Reviews: New series, old blog

It’s any particular day of the week, and you’re in the mood to try something new. Do you check the Zagat review, do you ask friends, do you trust a magazine review or would you prefer a guerilla take on a restaurant where some random ass guy is evaluating all aspects of a restaurant without giving them the benefit of the doubt or the opportunity to know I’m reviewing them.

This series is pretty much my attempt to give a genuine impression of a restaurant because if you say you’re writing for a magazine, you get the royal treatment and last I checked, we’re not all royalty. We’re normal people looking for a good bite to eat, we want to know what we’ll spend and we want to see the pros and cons of eating at some random place.

As part of an attempt to stem to different topics on this blog, I’m going to be writing restaurant reviews for places I really love to give my honest to God recommendation because in this life, we need to eat good food people. Reviews as pretty much everything else on this blog will be in English and Spanish as I feel that day though if by any chance anyone has any extra question, you’re more than invited to ask away.

Restaurants will be all over the place, price ranges will be given and in the case that I can recommend a wine, such will be the case. But trust me, if I mention a place, it’s because it’s damn fine good. Directions or a telephone number will be given but feel free to look any of these places up on

So here’s to good food.


PR Sigue metiendo las patas: PR vs US Serie mundial de béisbol

Si algo nos identifica como puertorriqueños aparentemente es en el poder superar todas las expectativas, demostrar que somos de calibre mundial, para luego darnos el guille y que nos callen la boca… feo.

They did Jorge Nuñez a favor

It’s been a few weeks since it happened, so I think I can finally talk about it without being overly biased. Ok so I did not like seeing a fellow Puerto Rican booted off American Idol when I clearly saw at least three people that sucked twice as bad as Jorge. True, it may be a bit fruity on my behalf to get into American Idol, but blame my girlfriend for getting me hooked and enjoying our comboed color commentary during the show.

Sorry for the absence

Though I have no idea if anyone reads this blog, I at least owe an apology to myself for being completely absent from it. As part of my 2009 resolutions I promised to write 100 posts on this blog. So lets consider this #1 of 100 and lets count everyone to see if I don’t slack off anymore.