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Sushi sounded good for dinner tonight, so we decided to try out Yuki Japanese Steakhouse in Clearwater.   We had another Restaurant.com $25 off coupon, so had to spend $50 on dinner.

Loren started out with a side salad with ginger dressing and we also got a shrimp tempura appetizer.

I was a little surprised that it was only 2 pieces of shrimp and the rest was vegetables.  Loren liked the tempura asparagus. 

Their sushi prices are very reasonable.  We ordered a few too many rolls, mostly because simple math sometimes eludes me. 

The roll at the top is a Yami Yami roll.  This was Loren’s favorite.  I don’t even remember what kind of fish was in it, maybe tuna, but it’s rolled, then fried, then rolled again, so it has a crispy and soft texture.  Then it was topped with crab and a spicy sauce.  It was very interesting and very tasty.

We also got a Tampa roll, which is fried grouper and a Mexican roll, which is fried shrimp.

But wait, there’s more.  We got a California roll, a spicy salmon roll, a rainbow roll, a Yuki roll, and two pieces of salmon and yellow tail.  The salmon was absolutely incredible.  It had an almost buttery flavor and texture.  The Yuki roll is a California roll wrapped in salmon and was delicious.  My favorite was the rainbow roll, 7 different types of fish plus avacado. 

Total bill after the coupon and tip was $55, plus we have a bunch of sushi for later.  All of the sushi was good.  This is definitely a place we’d go back to.

Yuki Japanese Steakhouse
13505 Icot Blvd
Clearwater, FL
727-532-9559

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  • Super Crunchy


    We headed over to Kaiko Japanese Restaurant on McMullen Booth for some sushi tonight.  This is our favorite sushi restaurant.  Everything is always fresh and prepared just right and Charlie’s quite the character.

    Tonight we got a Mexican roll, a California roll, a Scott roll (Loren’s favorite) and some salmon plus my all time favorite, the Super Crunchy roll.

    The Super Crunchy is a scallop roll that’s fried like tempura.  The combination of flavors and textures is amazing.   This roll alone would keep me coming back here. 

    Kaiko is a small restaurant and it’s almost always busy.  The regulars come in and Charlie greets them with a big hello and then he whips up some amazing sushi.  $37 for 4 rolls and 4 pieces of salmon.

    Kaiko Japanese Restaurant
    2475 N McMullen Booth Rd
    Clearwater, FL

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  • Tonight seemed like  a good night to head over to Ban Thai on McMullen Booth.  I couldn’t believe we hadn’t been there yet this year.  Seems like we were just there a few weeks ago, but the last time we were there was probably sometime in December. 

    We like Ban Thai.  It’s a cozy little restaurant with a nice ambiance and decor.  Even the wait staff is dressed in shimmering gold gowns.  

    Loren ordered his usual, ginger chicken

    He said it was tasty.  Fresh veggies and lots of ginger, but a mild flavor.  He was happy.  For me, it’s all about the sushi.

    Ban Thai is the first place I ever tried sushi.  I was completely against it,  the thought of raw fish just didn’t seem right to me at the time. But the first roll I had was a Tampa roll, so it had fried fish in it.  Now, here we are quite a few years later and whenever there’s sushi on the menu, I have to try it.

    Tonight, I got another Tampa roll for old times sake, though they changed it from grouper to snapper.  It had a nice crunch to it.  Mexican rolls are still my favorite, so I had to get one of those.  Fried shrimp and avacado just have such a wonderful flavor/texture combination together. I also tried an Arizona roll which was yellow tail and cucumber.  It was ok, but the cucumber overwhelmed the tuna.  And just for fun a couple of pieces of salmon.  Loren got a spicy tuna garlic roll.  He said it had waves of flavor to it.  The tuna, the garlic, then a bit of heat at the end. 

    We didn’t see too much of our waiter, but since the entire waitstaff looks out for the tables, it wasn’t much of an issue.  There was always someone checking to see if our drinks were full.  Total for dinner was $45.  Not too bad really for 4 maki rolls, 2 pieces of sushi, and an entree.

    Ban Thai Restaurant
    2519 McMullen Booth Road
    Clearwater, FL
    727-724-2992

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  • We got up early this morning to go see “Alice in Wonderland” in IMAX 3D.  The movie was pretty good, but the Disney cartoon is still my favorite.

    After the movie we headed to downtown Safety Harbor for lunch, but forgot that the seafood festival was going on.  Parking looked like a nightmare, so instead we headed over to Fish Tail Willy’s near Countryside mall. 

    We ordered some calamari for an appetizer, but our waitress showed up with our entrees instead.  She forgot to put in our appetizer order, but offered to put in the order at no charge, so we went ahead and got it.

    We should have just gone without.  The calamari was tough.  The coating was nice and crunchy, but the calamari itself was chewy and overcooked.  It came with three dipping sauces,  Tomato Honey, Mango Jalapeno, and Spicey Aioli.  I liked the tomato honey one best.

    Loren ordered the Salmon Cake Sandwich and a salad. 

    It’s salmon folded with capers, zucchini and squash with a dill lime mayo.  It was crispy and had an unusual taste to it.  He enjoyed it. 

    I ordered a grouper sandwich and fries.

    The fries were really good and had a nice crunch to them.  The sandwich, however, wasn’t that great.  Even though I order fried grouper, I still expect it to not be greasy.  The bottom bun was soggy.  I also don’t like it when they place a very strong onion on top of the lettuce and tomato.  Even though I would have liked to put the lettuce and tomato on my sandwich, all I would have tasted was onion.

    We’ve eaten here before and it’s been good, but overall today, it was a very dissatisfying lunch for me.  For $25, I’m sure I could have had a better experience elsewhere.

    Fish Tail Willy’s
    2543 Countryside Blvd
    Clearwater, FL
    727-791-4270

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  • We had a $25 off if you order $50 at Fuji Yama in Seminole so off we went in search of sushi.

    It’s a small restaurant and wasn’t very busy for a Friday night.  It’s located in a strip mall.   Loren started off with a ginger salad.

    Then we ordered lots of sushi.

    I admit, I always order too much sushi because I just want to try lots of different things.  We got 2 pieces of salmon and my usual California roll and Mexican roll.  We also got a Cosmo roll: snow crab, scallop, tuna, avacado inside topped w/ salmon, escolar, tuna, roe and sauce; a Norway roll: Tuna, avacado, snowcrab inside topped w/ salmon, sauce, and roe; a Tony roll: Tuna, avacado, cream cheese topped w/ roe, sriracha sauce; and a Lobster roll.

    Overall, the sushi was good, but not spectacular.  The “sauce” that was drizzled over some of the rolls was too overpowering.  You couldn’t really taste much else.  The rice didn’t have any flavor to it, the Nori was difficult to bite through, and Loren thought the eel sauce tasted like maple syrup. 

    The Tony roll which we thought was going to be spicy, wasn’t spicy at all and the Norway roll which I didn’t anticipate being spicy was.   

    After the $25 coupon, it still cost us $70.  Granted, I ordered at least one roll too many and we do have leftovers for later, but there wasn’t anything about the meal that would tempt me to go back again.

    Fuji Yama Sushi Bar and Thai Cuisine
    7570 Starkey Road
    Seminole, FL

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