Saturday, January 30, 2016

Furusato: Restaurant Review

A little overdue, but I'm finally getting around to doing my review of Furusato, for a visit from November last year. (Thanks Amber for the nudge!) Furusato is a Japanese restaurant that's been around for a few years as far as I can remember.


On this fine Friday, I'd just finished up a training session at the UN, and was in the mood for some solo gallivanting. It'd been a few years since I'd gone to Furusato last, so I thought that would be a good starting point.

Side note: Going to restaurants alone is a perfectly fun activity, but I'm beginning to realise it's not as common in Kenya...

On this fine Friday, I show up to Furusato at around 12:50. A little early for lunch, so it's understandable why the restaurant wasn't as busy as it usually is. The look of confusion on the waiter's face when I asked for a table for one made me chuckle a little on the inside.



I ordered a lunch box, and this came with a salad. Now, I'm not much of a salad person, but this one? It was DIVINE! The dressing was amazing- flavourful without being overpowering. I think it was some sort of peanut ginger dressing? Honestly, it was so good I could've drank it. Not saying I didn't... The salad had lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, red cabbage, capsicum, cucumbers, and maybe a teensy bit of onion. Not sure about the last part, for which I'm glad; to say I'm not the biggest fan of raw onions would be an understatement.



When I ordered the lunch box, I was expecting what any lunch box in the U.S. would have. So when I realised that the one here came with so much more, I was pleasantly surprised, and actually had to customise my order. My box came with tempura, a tuna pancake, sashimi, tofu, teriyaki chicken, fish, and rice. I opted to replace the sashimi with California roll, and the fish with more chicken (no surprises here). The box came with seaweed soup too, and this served as a nice palate cleanser between all the different flavours.


First of all, the tempura was great. It was light and obviously fresh, and I was pleased that they didn't skimp on ingredients and included prawns too. The tuna pancake was probably my biggest surprise. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of tuna, much to the dismay of my awesome brother-in-law who makes great tuna sandwiches that I've never been able to enjoy. Something about the overly, um, fishy taste just gets to me. However, this tuna pancake obviously did SOMETHING right. I finished the whole thing! Not saying there wasn't copious amounts of soy sauce involved- there always is when I'm having Japanese- but still.

The California roll was good too, nothing out of the ordinary, but I liked it. I loved the teriyaki chicken, but then again, I always do. My least favourite part of the lunch box was the tofu. I have NO idea what went wrong here, but it felt like I was chewing on a limp, tasteless piece of tissue paper the consistency of cottage cheese. *Shudders* Sorry guys. Maybe that's your cuppa tea, but not for me.



All in all, I enjoyed myself thoroughly, despite the tofu disaster. I wasn't able to finish it all, but I think I did a pretty good job.

The only dessert on the menu was ice cream, which I suppose was a good thing after such a heavy meal. I went for the strawberry (never the chocolate, right?), and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the restaurant didn't charge me for it.

Overall:

Ambience: I like it.

Parking: Plenty.

Food: Definitely recommend you try it. But stay away from the tofu.

Drinks: I ordered a ginger ale, so that's a 10/10 right there.

Service: Fast and friendly, although I was a little surprised that the waiter came to pick up my tip before I had gotten up.

Price: Pretty good, about 1500 for the whole thing.

Restrooms: Unfortunately, forgot to check them out.


So, what do you all think? Will you be visiting any time soon? 







1 comment:

TW said...

Maybe you should invite us one day!🍷💃🏽

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