Friday, October 29, 2010

Temaki Truck, San Gabriel, CA

So it has been 1 month since the Temaki Truck officially opened and started roaming the streets of San Gabriel and the neighboring areas. I heard about this truck since opening day and a few of my friends are involved in starting the whole operation so I've been wondering when I would make it out to try this. As it turns out, it's their 1 month anniversary. I was lucky to receive a pink wristband that will grant me $1 discount on future visits to the truck so that's definitely a welcomed plus.

The Temaki Truck

The Pick-up window and Chef's Specials

I actually like that they write out the specials instead. At the Kogi Truck, I usually end up staring at the "Chef's Specials $3-7" and wondering what it actually is. Good job Temaki Truck!

The line for the 1-month anniversary was pretty packed. It seems like the truck is doing well and I definitely wish them success in the future.

The Temaki Roll

Assorted Fish Handroll

Judgment: The fish tastes fresh and the sauce they put in definitely has some kick to it. One of the few handrolls I actually like. The only problem I had was I let it sit in the box too long and the nori got a little soggy. I imagine it tasting even better than what I actually had so next time, I will order it and definitely chow it down right away. 8 / 10

California Tempura Roll

California Roll Tempura Style

Judgment: This is exactly what you would expect of it, a California Roll -- Deep fried. At least that's how I imagine they do it. The roll itself comes out warm and covered with the tempura dipping sauce so it gives it a slightly sweet and salty taste. I definitely recommend this roll if you want to try something new from the truck. 9 / 10

Conclusion: The Temaki Truck is no stranger to the mobile food business, especially competing with other trucks like The Flying Pig, Dim Sum Truck and even the Kogi Truck. As with all of these types of businesses, each truck needs their own gimmick or their own signature so that they can stand out among the rest. Temaki Truck does just that as this one being the first one I've seen to offer Handrolls and other Cut sushi rolls. I wanna wish them the best of luck in their business endeavors and a profitable future. I'll definitely be seeing you guys out there!

The Truck gets an A-Rank

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Sky Room, Long Beach, CA

So DineLA has made it's way around again, and this time, I'm trying to take advantage of it all. Mainly because I already missed OC Restaurant week last week and it was particularly short lived. Seriously, only 1 week for the deals in OC while LA gets 2 weeks. Ah well, that's just how the cookie crumbles I guess. So taking advantage of this time, I invited the adorable Koto-chan to dine out with me for The Sky Room. Her comment: "SOOO FANCYYYYY ZOMGGGG!"

The Bread

Sourdough and Pretzel Bread

Judgment: The bread was fairly fresh, had a good aroma to it despite not being warm. They provided some softened butter with the bread which obviously compliments each other well. The Pretzel was a little not what I expected because the crust had separated from the innards. 5 / 10

Prime Beef Carpaccio

Baked Brie, Brioche, Truffles, Saba Reduction

Judgment: The beef was fresh and tender. One of the best Carpaccio dishes I've had but it was a little on the salty side. The Saba reduction is a nice touch but I think this brought about too much salt into the dish. The brie was soft and warm and the brioche had a fine hint of garlic flavor as well. All in all, an enjoyable appetizer. 8 / 10

Prime Ribeye

Sugar Snap Peas, Truffle and Chive Infused Mashed Potatoes

Judgment: The dish was supposed to have Mashed Potatoes but clearly it doesn't. I spent a good part of the evening trying to figure out what that purple starch was. The Sugar Snap Peas was delicious and seasoned beautifully. The Steak was cooked to proper medium rare as I asked for and was delicious! Again, the purple starch was a mystery to me, but I figured it was Taro fries, but who knows what it actually was. Maybe I should have asked the waiter. 9 /1 0


White Chocolate, Mixed Berry Sauce

Judgment: The Tiramisu was very delicate and delicious. The mixed berry sauce was a nice touch as I think the Tiramisu was very sweet and it provides a nice tart flavor to it. The cake was very light and spongy as how a traditional Tiramisu is supposed to be. The coffee flavor is definitely present and rich over all. 8 / 10

Conclusion: The restaurant is definitely a good place to go to if you want to enjoy a full service meal and enjoy the nice view of Long Beach ocean front. When night time falls, you see the oceanside shopping centers light up, including a Ferris Wheel near by. The restaurant is not too hard to find but parking might be. There is parking there for $7 or there's another lot down one of the streets for $5. The place is definitely worth going back to again.

This restaurant gets an A-Rank.

Bonus Material

The adorable Koto-chan :D