Octopus Causa, Peruvian at a Japanese Restaurant

Today was our intern’s last day at work.  What better excuse for a celebratory lunch outside the office?!

The cuisine of choice was sushi, so since my last meal there was so great, I recommended Kamiko Sushi.  Plus, Kamiko has a decent lunch specials menu, which I had all good intentions to order from… until about 30 seconds before I actually placed my order.  You know how that is when you have a lot of choices.

My proclivity for culinary adventure — come on, you shouldn’t be surprised by this point — led me to order the Octopus Causa instead.  Octopus ceviche atop yellow potatoes and avocado.  I’d never had octopus ceviche or causa (yellow potatoes) before, so couldn’t wait!

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Fun fact: Causa has Peruvian roots.  It’s a seasoned mashed (yellow) potato terrine — and in this case, layered with avocado.  Additionally, aji amarillo (yellow chili pepper) is typically added to the potatoes to give them an even more intense yellow tint.  The spice is also supposed to give the potatoes a bit of a kick, but I am fairly certain I didn’t taste anything spicy in the Causa I ordered.

You know the saying “love at first sight”?  Well, this unfortunately turned out to be “hate at first bite.”   Continue reading

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Kamiko Sushi’s Spicy Tuna, Spicy Crab Roll Lunch Special

Lunch specials are awesome.  Decently-priced and decently-portioned… what more could you ask for?!

The flavor of the day was Kamiko Sushi-Bar*, where I ordered the Spicy Tuna Roll & Spicy Crab Roll combo off the lunch specials menu.  It came with a choice of (miso) soup or (mixed greens) salad, too.  Thinking I’d be healthy today, I opted for salad.

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That’s the Ginger Salad, mixed greens with ginger dressing.  My favorite part was definitely the perfectly seasoned (i.e. not overwhelmingly sweet or salty) dressing, and I was pleasantly delighted that the bed of greens was not swimming a pool of liquid, as it normally is when you order a salad at other Japanese restaurants.  Don’t you just hate, HATE, H-A-T-E that?!  It’s been way too long since I’ve had an optimal greens-to-dressing ratio in my salad.  Taste rating?  Fine, 4 out of 5 stars!

Next up, the sushi rolls.   Continue reading