Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 8 Restaurant Week - Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

  Union Sushi was Day 8 of my Restaurant Week tour from last month. I know I am so delayed on my post, but better late than never, right? Anyway, my girlfriends and I wanted to have a fun night downtown and since it is Lent we wanted some sushi. I was asking for suggestions from my friend Mindy (a day with lil mama stuart) and she mentioned Union Sushi. Thanks Mindy! 

  Our friends were already seated and told us that they had a few appetizers while waiting for us. They had the sashimi cup and loved it! We chitchatted for a bit before our waiter Shawn came by to take our orders.  We ordered from the Prix Fixe Dinner menu.  Here is what we ordered.


My girlfriends ordered a few hand rolls Crispy Smoked Salmon and Sea Urchin Hand Roll. They said it was great! (This is not included in the restaurant week menu.)

The mushrooms were marinated with the vinaigrette and it was good! The rest of the greens were very fresh and delicious. This was a very tasty salad. 

Mushroom Salad - shiitake, oyster mushroom, baby arugula, tomatoes, onion, pickled onion, and garlic-soy vinaigrette. 

This salad was fantastic!  The tempura and nappa cabbage added a very crunchy texture to the dish. The fresh ingredients and the spicy kick made this one of my favorite dishes.  Everyone enjoyed this dish too! 

Soba Salad - tempura enoki mushroom, nappa cabbage, tomato, red & yellow onion, chili pepper, cilantro, garlic oil & spicy ponzu

During appetizers, I asked our server if Chef Chao was available to come by our table.  A few minutes later he came by and spoke to us for a bit about the restaurant. He envisioned a casual and relaxed place and so he opened Union Sushi 7 months ago.  It was a true statement. The space is amazing, had a great atmosphere, very unique decor and great food. He also mentioned that he used to be the Chef at Sushi Wabi. Awesome! 

He stepped away for a sec and came back with this appetizer. Raw wagyu beef topped with green scallions and a splash of lemon juice. I know it was lent, but I could not resist. It was very soft and juicy, so mouthwatering!


I love Skate! It was well prepared, nicely seared, and seasoned. I also liked the simple presentation. 

Pan-Seared Skate - baby bak choy, grape tomatoes, chili threads, & miso butter.

Sushi Rolls 

My bf loves Dragon Rolls. But he said this was decent, nothing really special about both rolls. 

Dragon - spicy shrimp, eel, avocado, masago, green onion & eel sauce.

Rainbow - eel, hirame, tuna, cucumber, & avocado


My friends had this dessert and said it was wonderful!

Killer Yuzu Pie - coconut biscuit crust, fresh whipped cream. 

Loved the presentation! Ice cream is always a great dessert. 

Ice Cream Sundae Flight - green tea, red bean, vanilla 

Although I only had a few spoonfuls, this was amazing!  It was warm, had fabulous textures, and not too overly sweet. Great bold flavors! I know my bf loved it too since he ate most of it. It is definitely a must have! 

Black Rice Pudding - coconut milk and sesame.

A few more pics of the restaurant from the second floor. 

Robata Grill

Here are some happy customers! 

Chef Chao

  Overall rating is 4 stars.  I loved the restaurant layout, atmosphere, and very attentive service. Our server and Chef Chao made this a fabulous dining experience. The dishes were excellent and black rice pudding was a hit. I loved the simple and beautiful presentations. It was a great teaser, so I cannot wait to come back to try more of Chef Chao's creations. Chef Chao does offers a Chef's table on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays, so make your reservations now.  


Lil Mama Stuart said...

You'll have to thank my foodie friend Jeff! :)

Laney said...

I posted a comment on his blog post on Union Sushi. :)

I'm Your Favorite Song said...

Hey Laney, great post! I really like your pics and detail!

Anonymous said...

Overall rating is 4 stars. I loved the restaurant layout, atmosphere, and very attentive service. Our server and Chef Chao made this a fabulous dining experience.benefits of coconut water