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Jan 27 2009

Can’t Go Wrong With a Sushi Lunch

Published by at 11:25 pm under Cooking at Home,Eating Out

Since I had to attend a seminar this afternoon at the Orange County Association of Realtors office in Laguna Hills, I decided to stop by for lunch at Kotobuki Sushi. My former manager had introduced me to this sushi restaurant over a year ago and it’s been one of my favorite spots, minus the fact that it’s quite a drive. I may not be the best sushi connoisseur,  but I do know that when sushi feels like it’s melting in your mouth, it’s probably a good thing. Enjoy the pictures below; if only you too can taste the goodness I had this afternoon!

The front of the restaurant, which is situated in a shopping plaza behind the Laguna Hills Mall, off the 5 Freeway.

The front of the restaurant, which is situated in a shopping plaza behind the Laguna Hills Mall, off the 5 Freeway.

Every time my manager took me here for lunch, he always orders us the Spicy Shrimp Handroll. The sushi chef always tells me "Don't dip!" You have to eat it as is to taste the freshness and the tanginess of the lemon juice.

Every time my manager took me here for lunch, he always orders us the Spicy Shrimp Handroll. The sushi chef always tells me "Don't dip!" You have to eat it as is to taste the freshness of the shrimp and the tanginess of the lemon juice.

I randomly ordered the tempura roll, only to be pleasantly surprised that it looks much fancier than it sounds. It tasted amazing as well.

I randomly ordered the tempura roll, only to be pleasantly surprised that it looks much fancier than it sounds. It tasted amazing as well.

Albacore in ponzu sauce. One of the best fishes for sushi, IMO.

Albacore in ponzu sauce. One of the best fishes for sushi, IMO.

Despite the simplicity of this tuna roll, it still boasts great texture and flavor.

Despite the simplicity of this tuna roll, it still boasts great texture and flavor.

I can't go to a sushi restaurant without ordering something with salmon in it! The thinly sliced onions gives this salmon sushi a nice kick.

I can't go to a sushi restaurant without ordering something with salmon in it! The thinly sliced onions gives this salmon sushi a nice kick.

At the end of every meal, we always get a plate of fresh fruit drizzled with a little bit of plum wine.

At the end of every meal, we always get a plate of fresh fruit drizzled with a little bit of plum wine.

Calling lunch satisfying would be an understatement, except for the bill. In any case, when one meal ends, I surely look forward to my next meal. Daniel decided to whip out the good old Crock-Pot and slow cook a big pot of beef stew and vegetables.  It’s such a low-maintenance meal because you don’t have to do much at all. Just drop the ingredients in, and set the Crock-Pot to cook. Since we are merely 2 people in this household, there was no way of finishing such a huge pot of beef stew, so we gave half to our next-door neighbor. He is always coming over to give us authentic Mexican food that he or his wife had cooked (fajitas, tamales, steak, bbq, etc). It’s a great way to share each others’ love for food, in our own special way.

The Vietnamese in me had to run out to Lee's Sandwiches to buy baguette bread to eat along with the beef stew.

The Vietnamese in me had to run out to Lee's Sandwiches to buy baguette bread to eat along with the beef stew.

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