On Good Friday we went for a very non-traditional holiday meal at Ariyoshi on the north side of Queens Blvd near 42nd street. I already reviewed this Japanese restaurant once but that was only take-out, and this time we had a sit-down dinner.
While not my favorite local restaurant for sushi (see TJ’s Asian Bistro!) this one I think has the largest and most diverse menu, so if you’re looking for Japanese food other than just sushi and sashimi, it’s a good place to go.
These salmon skins were a complimentary appetizer. The presentation looked a bit like what my mom serves to her cat (and I am sure the cat would love these, too), but they were tasty, and you can’t really complain when it’s free.
I ordered a combo special for about $13 which included more than I had expected. The first course was this standard salad, in a much larger size than what you typically get at Japanese restaurants.
This surprisingly inexpensive ($6) appetizer of tuna sashimi and avocado was a good prelude to the main meal. The sauce, by the way, is the same one that goes on top of the salad.
This was part of my combo entree and included 5 pieces of “real” sushi and 4 California rolls. Not bad but not spectacular either, and the pieces fell apart easily (rice not sticky enough?)
Udon with shrimp and broccoli tempura. Pretty standard fare and a bit bland – lacked some zing to it.
This temdon tempura was pretty much the exact same thing as the udon (i.e. shrimp, broccoli tempura) – just over rice instead of in soup form with noodles.