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We ate here once before when it was called Koba Sushi.  Now, it’s called Faceless Samurai, but it looks exactly the same inside.   It’s not a very big restaurant and we were there way longer than it should have taken to get four rolls.  The first thing we noticed were the children, of I’m guessing someone who works there, playing loudly at the table next to us.  Not exactly the way we wanted to spend our quiet night out.

We ordered four rolls which came out one at a time with way too much time between them.  The problem is that we order rolls specifically for ourselves and there are some I don’t eat and some that Loren doesn’t really like, so the way the sushi came out, one of us inevitably was waiting to eat while the other one was eating.  We also don’t like having to eat one entire roll at a time, we much prefer to mix and match pieces throughout the meal.

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The sushi was just ok.  Nothing out of the ordinary, good or bad.  We got a Mexican roll, a California Roll, a Spicy Tuna, and a Rainbow Roll.  We also ordered some salmon, but we never got it.  Loren also ordered a drink and had to ask again for the waitress to actually bring it out.  She seemed friendly, but was completely scattered and not paying attention to anything that was going on.  Total bill was $50 and there’s no reason for us to go back.

Faceless Samurai
3428 Tampa Rd
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 772-5622

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Food3/5
Service1/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value2/5
2.1/5
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  • We went for a late lunch at Hot Tuna in Oldsmar today.  It was about 20 minutes before they closed for lunch and the first thing the waitress said to us was that it was last call for food. There was just something about the way she said it that really made us feel uncomfortable about coming in and ordering.  The rest of the meal was fine, but that initial greeting kind of rubbed us the wrong way.

    We ordered the lunch 2 rolls & salad for $9.99 as well as an additional Rainbow Roll.

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    Loren got the Gator and Tampa roll and I got a California and Mexican roll.  The Rainbow roll here has a crawfish salad inside that’s a bit on the spicy side for me.  I do like the colorful tobiko on top of it though.  The other rolls were fresh & tasty.  Total bill with a drink was $34.

    Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille
    3689 Tampa Road #302B
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-818-8862

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    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Sushi
  • Thai Lunch


    I was off work today for MLK Day, so we headed into Dunedin and ate lunch at Tom Yum Thai & Sushi.  This is one of those places that I really like.  The service and food are both very good.

    Our lunches started off with a little salad and soup.

    I liked the dressing on the salad and the chicken & rice soup had a nice flavor.  They even brought mine out without scallions since I had asked them not to put scallions on my pad thai.  I really like places that make that connection.

    Loren got the spicy tuna bowl for lunch.

    It was a beautiful color and he liked the dish.  He said it wasn’t killer spicy, which was good and there was plenty of tuna on the plate.  I ordered the Pad Thai bento box.

    Besides the Pad Thai, it had an egg roll, California roll, three pieces of sushi & three pieces of sashimi.  The fish, tuna, salmon & escolar, was really fresh and tasty.  Everything on the plate was good and it was definitely too much for me to eat in one sitting.   For $23, definitely one of the tastier lunches we’ve had in a while.

    Tom Yum Thai & Sushi
    104 Patricia Ave
    Dunedin, FL
    (727) 953-9898

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    Food4/5
    Service5/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    4.2/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Sushi, Thai
  • The last thing we expected on entering City Fish in Oldsmar tonight was to be accosted by the stench of cigarette smoke.  At first we thought we had just passed by someone who had been smoking, but sitting at our table the smell continued to permeate the air.  When we asked our waitress about it, she asked it we were smelling the oak wood they grill on.  Umm, no.  Then she turned toward the bar and said the door was open to the smoking area on the patio and she’d see if it could be closed.

    Well, no such luck.  She returned and said people were going in and out of the door (which we hadn’t seen anyone go through the door), but would we like to move to another table?  If you’ve been to City Fish, you know it’s one big open room, it’s not like moving a few tables over would have resolved the issue.

    We should have left at this point, but the food was good the last time we were here, so we decided to stay.  And aside from my entree, the rest of the food was actually pretty good.

    The bread was hot, fresh and tasty.  You know it’s good when Loren digs in.

    We ordered a bowl of the New England Crab Chowder and a side salad. 

    The chowder was delish!  Creamy and thick with lots of crab in it.  Loren enjoyed the salad as well.  We also ordered a California Roll.

    I wasn’t too impressed with it.  The rice wasn’t prepared very well.  It was too gooey.  Then came the entrees.  Loren ordered the swordfish with Thai mango salsa, mashed potatoes and house veggies.

    He was a happy guy.  The swordfish was cooked perfectly and he ate every bite. 

    The house veggies that came with both meals had squash and mushrooms in a tomato based sauce.  It was tasty.

    I ordered the Chicken Portobello with mashed potatoes.

    The chicken was topped with portobello mushrooms, spinach and fontina cheese.  Unfortunately, when I tried to cut into the chicken, my knife wasn’t making much of a dent.  The chicken was overcooked and tough.  By this point, I’d been breathing second hand smoke for over an hour and my patience was completely gone. 

    At this point, the manager stopped by our table and we had the same conversation with him as we did with the waitress, “oh are you smelling the oak grill?”, “No, it’s the smoke from the patio”, “Would you like to move to another table?”.  He told us the door was broken between the restaurant and the patio so they couldn’t close it.  Then he asked about the food and when I told him about the chicken, he offered to replace it with something else, but I was just ready to get out of there.  He did, however, take the chicken off our bill. 

    Though our waitress was good about refilling drinks and checking on us, her attitude about our complaints was a bit offputting.  She’d cock her head to the side and stick out her bottom lip and make a pouty face and spoke to me like I was a child while she was apologizing.  I know she was trying to be sincere, but it just didn’t work.

    Our bill ended up at $40 after my entree was removed.  We came home and put our clothes in the laundry and took a shower to get the cigarette smoke smell off of us.  Though most of the food was good, we won’t be back again. 

    City Fish Seafood Grill and Chop House
    4022 Tampa Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-814-5800

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    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere1/5
    Value2/5
    2.6/5

    When I was driving home from work today, I noticed Suro had finally opened in Oldsmar.  It’s in the space that used to be the Twisted Bamboo.  

    They weren’t very busy, but then again, not too many places are on a Monday night.  One of the owners stopped by our table and said they’d been open a few weeks and were doing more of a soft opening to make sure everything was ready to go before they started doing a lot of advertising.

    It’s a nice looking restaurant with the sushi bar in the back.  They have a big dining room plus outdoor seating and a bar.  It strikes me as the type of place that’s catering to the yuppie nightlife kind of crowd.   Whether or not Oldsmar has enough of that type of crowd to support it remains to be seen.

    We started off with some seafood chowder.

    The chowder had lots of fish and roasted corn in it.  It was very creamy, had a nice flavor and was quite enjoyable.  The bowl was definitely big enough for two to share.

    We tried four sushi rolls and some salmon nigiri.

    This is the Kani Su roll.  It had Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail, Crab, and Daikon Sprouts, wrapped in Cucumber.  It was very fresh and light and had a delicate flavor. 

    From left to right, we got the Rainbow roll, the Shrimp Tempura Roll, California roll and Salmon Nigiri.  Overall, the sushi was just ok.  The rice was bland and didn’t keep its shape on the rolls.  The fish was fresh, but I’ve had sushi at other places where the fish was incredible.  The sushi chef was a young, nice looking caucasian guy who I’m sure entertains the customers well.  My best sushi experiences have always been when there’s an older Japanese sushi chef who’s spent many years perfecting his craft.

    We also tried the chocolate tart for dessert.

    Beautiful presentation, great flavors, but the crust was undercooked and tough.  I had to use a knife to cut through it.  It should have been light and flaky, but instead it was hard and doughy.  The chocolate was rich and the raspberry sauce was tart, but they made a good combination.

    The service was good and they definitely had an eye for detail.  Before our sushi came out, I saw one of the managers wiping down the side of the plate.  Dinner ran us $60.  A bit overpriced I thought for what we got.  We may go back again after they’ve been open a few months to try something else on the menu.

    Suro
    3687 Tampa Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-475-6932

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    Food0/5
    Service0/5
    Atmosphere0/5
    Value0/5
    0.0/5
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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Sushi