Samurai Sushi

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Restaurant Review

Samurai X Sushi and Teriyaki 

2171 Loveridge Rd.

Pittsburg, CA. 94565

Entrance to Samurai X


Had the opportunity to visit Samurai X Sushi and Teriyaki recently. They are located in an outdoor shopping center in the city of Pittsburg . With all the different selections I’d consider this restaurant the Mecca of sushi. We arrived at the cozy restaurant around noon just in time for lunch. The place was pretty quiet. There were only 2 other tables with dining guest. The scenery was pretty simple; Dark cherry wood tables and booths, Buddha statues, bonsai plants, completed the decor for this quaint restaurant.

Wall menu display

At this “sushi bar” and most others like it, the sushi chef usually stands visible out front. Giving guest a opportunity to see first hand how their sushi is made. Our waitress (no name tags) did not appear to be very attentive and there was also little communication. She even brought the check before asking if there was anything else we wanted/needed. A lot of this may have been based on a language and cultural barrier. On the plus side, with little conversation, there was no upselling involved.

Sushi chef at work

After taking some time to look over the extensive menu my guest and I both decided to get a Bento Box (a combination of a few dishes in a box like container). The box comes with your choice of two items and is served with miso soup, rice and salad. My two selections were their 8 piece California rolls (cause that’s how I roll, Cali style) and the mix tempura. They offer over 15 different selections for this special.

Miso Soup

Less then 5 minutes after placing our order, our soup was delivered piping hot. Before we were able to finish the soup our entrees arrived. I loved the cute box like dish the special was served in; Everything neatly assembled in its own compartment. The smoke that was ascending off of my tempura let me know it was fresh and had just came out of the fry. My guest also ordered the California rolls but chose to accompany hers with chicken teriyaki. After finishing our dinner we decided to give their desserts a try. Unfortunately they were out of the Green Tea Ice Cream so we ended up ordering their deep fried Oreos. For me the fried Oreo wasn’t all that. Between the tempura batter and whipped cream on top the Oreo seemed to suffer.

Bento box w/teriyaki

Bento Box w/tempura

Dessert – Fried Oreos

Overall, service was efficient and the food was good. Since we were there during lunch hours our Bento Boxes were just $7.95 each. The bill came to a grand total of $21.64. If I was to give this place a score between 1-10, I would give it a 7. Worth returning to but not necessarily in a hurry. This place has been Chef Dee tested and approved.
Update: Had the pleasure of visiting this location again on Mother’s Day. It felt as if they read my review and took everything I said into consideration. Our server was polite and attentive. We ordered the Fried Soft Shell Crab and the Cherry Scallops Sushi. Both were amazing. If you listened closely you could hear our taste buds singing! The experience was so pleasant that I went back again the next day. Had to upgrade them to a 10!
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Appetizer – Fried Soft Shell Crab

Sushi - Cherry Scallops

Sushi – Cherry Scallops

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Here’s a review of my recent visit to Off The Grid in Pleasant Hill, CA.

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Pleasant Hill Off The Grid

On Wednesday, April 15 my daughter and I had the pleasure of visiting one of the roaming food truck events coordinated by San Francisco’s, Off The Grid. From 5 to 9pm several food enthusiasts gathered in Pleasant Hill, CA where 11 food trucks/trailers provided guests with their various culinary creations. Street food has kicked it up several notches over the past few years. Off The Grid is definitely doing their part in assisting the food truck revolution.

Foodies of all ages were having a good time listening to music, eating, drinking and just enjoying each other’s company. We arrived as the sun was setting to see families pushing little ones in strollers while others were there with their favorite fury companion.
 The Chairman, The Creme Brûlée Cart, Bacon Bacon, Doc’s Classic Comfort Foods, Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen, Lobsta…

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Food Truck Tips

Helpful tips for Food Truck Stops

The food truck scene is growing fast, worldwide. These aren’t the typical ‘roach coaches’ we’ve seen in the past. Today’s food trucks offer everything from lobster bisque to various selections of Creme brûlée. There are even beverage carts strictly dedicated to beer, tea, coffee, you name it, there’s probably a truck or cart for it. Here are a few of what I would consider helpful tips for visit a food truck event. 

Off The Grid Food Truck Event

  • Make a day of it

Bring the whole family or make it a day out with friends. Plan accordingly for possible weather changes. Depending on the location, you may want to bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Sometimes the host of these events will have live entertainment.

  • Get there early
Remember, unlike most restaurants food trucks don’t have a lot of storage space. Trucks generally have a limited supply of food available. Some of the popular items sell out before the end of the event. Getting there early almost insures the best selection.
  • Look first
Unless you’re looking for your favorite vendor, visit each food truck first before making any selections. Check out each menu and the prices. Look for recommendations and specials. Pay attention to each of the trucks and the items other customers seem to be the most interested in.
 
Ask Questions 
Don’t be afraid to ask the food vendors questions like; what do they recommend, what’s their most popular menu item or which ones their favorite. 
You could even ask other attendees were they got their selections and if they’re enjoying it.
 
  • Get Connected
Be sure to check out Off The Grid’s website for a current listing of dates and locations of their pop up events. They even have a app to help you stay up to date on events and the trucks that will be participating.
 
  • Become a “Truckee”
It’s likely you are going to fall in love with at least one of your selections. Be sure to follow your favorite vendors on their social media pages to stay updated on where they will be next. Some food truck vendors will even offer secret menu items and specials just for those that follow their page.
 

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Going Off!

Pleasant Hill Off The Grid

On Wednesday, April 15 my daughter and I had the pleasure of visiting one of the roaming food truck events coordinated by San Francisco’s, Off The Grid. From 5 to 9pm several food enthusiasts gathered in Pleasant Hill, CA where 11 food trucks/trailers provided guests with their various culinary creations. Street food has kicked it up several notches over the past few years. Off The Grid is definitely doing their part in assisting the food truck revolution.

Foodies of all ages were having a good time listening to music, eating, drinking and just enjoying each other’s company. We arrived as the sun was setting to see families pushing little ones in strollers while others were there with their favorite fury companion.
 The Chairman, The Creme Brûlée Cart, Bacon Bacon, Doc’s Classic Comfort Foods, Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen, Lobsta Truck, United Bites, Lucky 13, Slightly Skewed, Tonli Dumpling and Yummi BBQ were the participating vendors on this beautiful evening. Unfortunately, Slightly Skewed was experiencing some technical difficulties and were unable to provide the public with any of their dishes.
The good!

Lucky 13

Food isn’t the only thing on the scene. How does a nice cold beer sound? They’ve got you covered. Lucky 13 Beer Truck was there with an extensive beer list. Selections in the past have included names such as Oak Town Brown Ale, Hell or High Watermelon and Mermaid’s Red Ale. They also carry a great selection of wine and spirits.

Chairman’s Steamed Sandwich

I’ve heard legends of The Chairman‘s steamed bun pork belly sandwiches and was so happy to finally have the opportunity to try one! We ended up ordering one of their steamed tender pork belly sandwiches w/turmeric pickled daikon and green shiso as well as one of the coca cola braised pork w/Savoy cabbage & preserved yellow mustard seeds. My biggest issue with these dishes was sharing them with my daughter. Next time (ooo yea there will be a next time! It was that good.) we will each be get our own. The pork belly was definitely my favorite. This sandwich was a combination of salty, sweet and sour deliciousness nestled in a steamed ‘biscuit like dough’ bun, of O M G G (Ooo My Goodness Good)! If you don’t like the idea of the steamed bun they also have baked Asian dinner rolls as an option.
The Bad!!
We noticed a long line at one of the trucks and were a bit enthusiastic to find out what they had to offer. After reviewing Doc’s Classic Comfort Food‘s (previously known

Doc’s Line

as Doc’s of the Bay) menu we decided to stand in line. We waited for over 20 minutes in agony as we could smell the intoxicated aromas coming from the truck. When we finally reached the window to place our order the host/cashier politely informed me they were now out of the one item we had stood in line to buy. Disappointed and broken hearted, we left the truck empty handed. Doc, in the words of one of our most famous Governors, I’ll be back!

We also made our way over to the the Bacon Bacon Truck and ordered their fries. While they were tasty, to our surprise the “The Fries” does not come with bacon! But simply herbs and Parmesan cheese. We’re no experts but as a bacon lover, we’d love a little bacon with our fries, Bacon Bacon. Just a thought.
The Ugly!!!

Creme Brûlée menu

While we were waiting to see the Doc, my daughter would travel back and forth from the Creme Brûlée Cart to try and help us better determine which dessert we wanted. By the time we finally made it back over there with our selection the truck had completely sold out of all their inventory.
Overall, we had a great time and can’t wait to visit another one of Off The Grid’s functions, which I’m sure we’ll be doing very soon. With variety being the spice of life, this is definitely a hot event worth checking out.
Click here for a few helpful tips on planning your visit to a food truck event.