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We drove over to Dunedin tonight and had dinner at Tom Yum Thai & Sushi.  We got there just before the crowd showed up.  Twenty minutes later and we’d have had to wait for a table.  I can never decide between Thai food and sushi, so tonight we had a little of both.  We started off with two sushi rolls, a California roll and the Green Dragon roll.

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The green dragon roll makes such a pretty photo.  It’s a shrimp tempura roll with avocado & eel sauce on top.  Yum!  Loren got the ginger beef and I got some Pad Se-ew for my entree.

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Fresh and tasty all around.  The veggies were crisp tender and everything melded well with each other.  I ended up with leftovers.  Total bill with a drink was $39.

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

Tom Yum Thai & Sushi on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
3.7/5
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  • Hot Tuna Sushi Bar has a lunch deal that we just couldn’t pass up today.  Two rolls with soup or salad for $9.95.  They had a pretty good lunch crowd in there today.  We both got salads and for our rolls, a salmon roll, a gator roll, a Florida roll, and a Mexican roll.

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    The gator roll is actually tuna & yellowtail with a spicy sauce.  All of the rolls were fresh and tasty.  We may have to put this on our rotation for lunch more often.  Total bill with a drink was $23.

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

    Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille on Urbanspoon

     

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5
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  • Filed under: Oldsmar, Sushi
  • Lobster Roll


    We went over to Ban Thai for dinner tonight.  The weather was really bad, so I think that may be why the restaurant wasn’t completely full.  The last few times we’ve been here, it’s been packed.  While Loren went for some Nam Sod, I had to have a lobster roll and we split a Rainbow Roll.

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    He didn’t remember ever getting the Nam Sod here before, but he really liked it.  The lobster roll is a huge plate of goodness.  After a while the sauce starts to heat up for me, but otherwise, it’s just big chunks of lobster.  The Rainbow roll was also fresh and tasty.  Total bill with a drink was $43.

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

    Ban Thai on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.7/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Sushi, Thai
  • Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille just opened up in Oldsmar, so we headed over there for dinner tonight.  We went early and were the only ones there for a while.  It’s an elegant looking space, but the thumping music they had playing just didn’t do it for us.  I admit, I’m not a twenty-something looking for a party atmosphere.  I just wanted a nice, quiet, tasty dinner.  They did deliver on the tasty part.  We started off with a salad and some dumplings.

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    Loren liked the dressing on the salad and we both enjoyed the dumplings.  They were a little crispier than I had expected, but the filling was flavorful.  For our sushi order we decided to try the fresh salmon nigiri, a California roll, a Mexican roll, a Gator roll, a Rainbow roll, and a Lollipop roll.

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    Though I loved the way the Rainbow roll looked with it’s rainbow colored fish eggs, the crawfish salad inside of it was a bit too spicy for me.  I didn’t eat the Gator roll since it was also spicy, but Loren said it was good.  The other rolls were also fresh and tasty.  I did find the sushi rice to be a little colder in temperature than what I’m used to.  Loren didn’t notice it, but it was the first thing that hit me about my first bite.  We both enjoyed the freshness of the lollipop roll.  The crunch of cucumber instead of rice is just such a nice change of pace.  I also couldn’t pass up a dessert called the chocolate trilogy.

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    It was beautiful to look at and tasted wonderful; however, it was frozen solid.  It absolutely needed to be thawed out for a while before serving so that it would have had more of a mousse like texture instead of ice cream like.  Besides the annoying music, I also found the use of brown butcher block paper on the tables to be less than appealing.  Every drink or cool dish left a mark on the paper.  It just seemed inconsistent with the vibe of the rest of the restaurant.  Total bill with a drink was $66.

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

    Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere2/5
    Value3/5
    3.6/5
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  • With so many Thai restaurants in the area, we decided to circle back to Ban Thai for dinner tonight.  They were crowded as usual, but had a few tables open so we didn’t have to wait.  I’m still on my “must have dumplings” kick, so that’s where we started.

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    I think this is the first time we’ve ordered them here.  They were tasty little bundles of pork and veggies, but very dense.   Loren went for the ginger chicken.

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    He said it was very good.  I find the flavors here to be on the dark side.  I don’t know if that makes any sense or not, but there’s just something about their sauces that don’t thrill my senses.  Loren likes it though.  For me, it’s all about the lobster roll.

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    This one sushi roll is a meal in itself.  It’s huge, incredibly sloppy to eat, and oh so good.  Besides the actual rolls, there are also chunks of lobster piled up on the side.  It’s my favorite roll here.  We also shared a Rainbow Roll.

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    This was very fresh and tasty.  It’s a huge contrast to the sauce drenched lobster roll, but perfectly delightful in its own right.  With sushi, simplicity can be quite awesome.  Total bill with a drink was $45.

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

    Ban Thai on Urbanspoon

    Food5/5
    Service5/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    4.4/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Sushi, Thai