Monday, 30 March 2015

Episode #74: Nagano

Port Moody, $$$ (Higher Priced)
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The California Roll from Nagano in Coquitlam used to be one of my favourite foods as a kid (clearly, times were tough back then). I would get 3 or 4 orders of it at a time and then bring it home to have a feast. Recently, the Coquitlam branch closed down (Urbanspoon says that this is temporary), so the only branch of Nagano in operation at the moment is the Port Moody branch. The Port Moody Nagano appears to be Korean-operated and has a good variety of dishes on the menu.

Miso Soup - B

Not wanting to spend forever deciding on what to order (as I had a paper due), I ordered the Sukiyaki Dinner, which came with a Miso Soup, an Ebi Sunomono, Sukiyaki (with rice), and dessert. The Miso Soup was the first to arrive and it came with seaweed, tofu, and green onion. The temperature was just right, but it was quite salty.

Ebi Sunomono - B

The Ebi Sunomono was served with baby shrimps. It had a tangy, citrusy flavour due to the piece of lemon that it was served with. I liked how the vermicelli had just the right chewiness, but it would be nice if the shrimps had more flavour to them.

Alien Roll - B+

The Alien Roll consisted of chicken, crab meat, two beans, noodles, broccoli, roe, combined with "an appearance of alien". Normally, I spend a lot of time pondering which special roll to get, but as soon as I saw the words "appearance of alien", I decided that I had to get this roll. It had a distinct aroma due to the tempura broccoli, and surprisingly, the flavours worked well together. My only concern was that the seaweed was quite firm, and any of my attempts to chew it ended up pulling the whole roll apart. At this point, I also noticed that I wasn't given a soy sauce container, so I had to use my Miso Soup bowl instead. Oh well, close enough!

Sukiyaki - A-
  
It might not look like it in the photo above, but it reality, the Sukiyaki was huge! It would most likely have been enough to serve as both my lunch and my dinner. The beef was sliced thinly enough and had a soft texture along with a nice hint of spiciness. The vermicelli was soft and flavourful, and overall, the Sukiyaki was quite enjoyable. 

White Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream - B-

For dessert, I got the White Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream (there were three different choices to choose from). It had a good amount of sweetness, but it was too frozen, even for ice cream. 

I found the service to be quite friendly, and my server was quite apologetic after I told her about the missing soy sauce container mishap. However, it didn't really affect my meal, so I told her not to worry about it. The food wasn't stellar, but it was good enough for the restaurant to have a nice, steady flow of customers. The prices are on the higher side, but that goes for every other Japanese restaurant in Port Moody that I've been to.

Nagano Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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