June 9 – 3 plates (1 plate 230, 1 plate 315, 1 plate 525)

上ねぎとろ手巻 (uenegi toro temaki): Minced tuna with green onion hand roll: 230 Yen. It is good, I have found through this blog that minced tuna is much better than it looks. The hand rolls are nice, but I think I would prefer a different form. ★★★(three stars)

minced tuna hand roll

本まぐろ大とろ (hon maguro otoro): fatty blue fine tuna belly: 525 Yen. Awesome. Delicious. Melts in your mouth. A 525 plate that is not a let down (like some shell fish that are expensive). ★★★★★ (five stars)

fatty tuna belly

活ほっき貝: Katsu Hokkikai: Surf Clam: 315 Yen. Just so so, it was sort of chewy and slimy. Like many shell fish but just ok. Would not get again. ★★ (two stars)

Surf Clam

May 7 – 3 plates (2 plates 420, 1 plate 105)

数の子 (kazunoko): Herring Roe: 420 Yen. Not as bad as I thought. Does not pop like most roe – it is all attached together. Would not order again but not horrible. ★★★ (three stars)

Herring Roe

玉子巻 (tamago maki): Egg Roll: 105 Yen: It is perfectly fine and good but if I am going to eat sushi I probably will want some fish. ★★★ (three stars)

Egg Roll

  活ぶ貝 (tsubugai): whelk shell fish: 420 Yen: I was afraid about this one because Makoto hates it. It was not bad at all, but probably will not order again. It was tough like a shell fish but nothing special nothing terrible. ★★★ (three stars)

Tsubugai

March 30 – 3 plates ( 1 plate 105, 1 plate 230, 1 plate 420)

平目 (hirame): Flounder: 420 Yen. A nice soft white fish. A fish popular in Aomori. Nothing outstanding but very delicious. ★★★★ (four stars)

Flounder

納豆巻 (natto maki): Natto Roll: 105 Yen. Natto is so disgusting, I was not looking forward to eating this, but it is my last natto sushi on the menu. It literally took me about 30 minutes to eat just because I never wanted to continue eating it. Gross.★ (one star)

Natto Roll

かに親子 (kani oyako): Mother and Child Crab: 230 Yen. This is not actually a mother/child combo, it is one sushi with crab, and another with shredded crab and kani miso, which is the guts and intestines that you usually do not eat. In an earlier sushi I just had to eat that so it was nice having only one, but still gross. ★★ (two stars)

Kanioyako

Februrary 8 – MY BIRTHDAY – 4 plates (1 plate 190, 2 plates 420, 1 plate 630)

貝三昧 (kai zanmai): Three types of Shellfish: 630 Yen. Tsubu (whelk), Hotsuki, Awabi (abalone) are the three types of shell fish. These are very expensive and so I was looking forward to trying it. They are very tasty and delicious, but one was a bit tough. For this price I would not get again but it was great!! ★★★★ (four stars)

shellfishies

本まぐろ中とろ (honmaguro chutoro): Northern Bluefish Tuna medium-fatty belly: 420 yen. It is tuna and its high grade tuna, it melts in your mouth. So delicious. Just look at it, it looks so good! ★★★★★ (five stars)

Medium fatty tuna belly

かっぱ手巻き (kappa temaki): Cucumber Handroll: 190 yen. It tastes good! It is cucumber, pretty basic! ★★★★ (four stars)

cucumber hand roll

子持ちシャッコ (komochi shakko): Mantis shrimp with roe inside: 420 yen. I was terrified to try this. I did not know what it was, but at my previous trip to sushi my friend said they were scared of it. I also heard that this shrimp alive is really dangerous and strong. And then when I saw it had eggs in it I was nervous. Was not bad at all. It had the good sauce they use for eel, and you did not even recognize the eggs. Maybe it was just a little dry. Nothing scary but nothing amazing. ★★★ (three stars)

Mantis Shrimp

KANTARO BIRTHDAY CAKE

This has been my third birthday in a row spent on my exact birthday at Kantaro Sushi with friends. Everyone likes sushi and it is a fun lively atmosphere. For your birthday they sing and bring you a piece of cake with a sparkler. It’s nothing amazing but its a tradition and many people, especially Japanese, have their birthday at Kantaro.

Birthday cake

February 3, 2011 – 3 plates (1 plate 105, 2 plates 125)

梅じそ巻 (umejiso maki):  Pickled Plum and Shiso roll: 105 Yen. So-so. If you like ume (pickled plum) flavor then you would like it. It could use some more shiso. ★★★ (three stars)

umejiso

鉄火巻 (tekka maki): Dynamite Roll: 125 Yen. This roll was a regular tuna roll with wasabi. You could not taste the wasabi, I wish there was more. You can’t go wrong with a tuna roll though. ★★★★ (four stars)

Dynamite Roll

山ごぼう巻 (yama gobou maki): Mountain Burdock Roll: 125 yen. I love Gobo a lot so was looking forward to this roll. First I thought it was a carrot, not gobo, but it must have been soaked in something. It also had shiso, it just tasted like crunchy shiso. ★★★ (three stars).

Gobo Roll

December 30, 2010- 3 plates (1 plate 105, 1 plate 190, 1 plate 315)

お新香(oshinko) : Pickled Vegetables roll: 105 Yen. Again pretty usual, I enjoy the crunch of vegetables, I would probably still prefer the radish over the other pickles. ★★★ (three stars)

pickled vegetables

ずわいがに (zuwaigani): Snow Crab: 315 Yen. Delicious, if you like crab and wasabi, this is a winner! ★★★★★ (five stars)

snow crab

まぐろユッケ軍艦 (maguroyukke gunkan): Raw tuna with raw egg korea style: Gross. I am not a fan of the raw egg goo. Much better than a natto or ikura roll though. I would never order again though! ★★(two stars)

Tuna and egg

November 23, 2010 -3 Plates (1 plate 105, 1 plate 125, 1 plate 230)

かんぴょう巻 (kanpyo maki): Pickled gourd roll: 105 Yen. It’s pretty usual, nothing spectacular. If you are going for a pickled wrap – I would recommend the pickled radish, very good. ★★★ (three stars)

Pickled Gourd

とびっこ軍艦 (tobikko gunkan): small Fish Roe battleship roll: 125 Yen. Eh… not disgusting but nothing I would order again. I do not mind the small fish roe, but I would prefer them in less concentration (as they do in American rolls on the outside, or mixed with other filling). ★★ (two stars)

Fish Roe

クランチロール (Kuranchi roru): Crunchy Roll: 230 Yen. This is a delight and I was really excited to finally get to this roll on the menu. It is fill with deliciousness, mainly shrimp, with an exterior of rice and rolled in panko and lightly fried with a delicious sauce. It is best ordered fresh and not taken off the conveyor as you will get it nice and warm! Must Get! ★★★★★ (five stars)

Crunchy Roll

October 5, 2010 – 4 plates ( 1 plate 105, 2 plates 230, 1 plate 315)

紀州梅じそ手巻 (kishyu umejiso temaki): Pickled plum and shiso hand roll: 315 Yen. This has been recommended by many past JETs, yet I had never experienced it. So I was looking forward to it. Ume, pickled plum, is a very sour (yet healthy) experience and shiso is an acquired taste, so it was going to be interesting. I really enjoyed the unique flavors and think everyone should order this at least once. It seems very unique to Kantaro and the sour flavors made it a very interesting and yummy sushi. Four stars just because it is so unique that eating it EVERY time might not be best, but having it often would be nice. ★★★★ (Four Stars)

ume jiso temaki

かっぱ巻 (kappa maki): Cucumber Roll: 105 Yen. Pretty basic, cucumber rolled up with rice and seaweed. Pretty standard, but nothing I’d get at Kantaro again really. It wasn’t even that great, sorry Kantaro. If I wanted the crunch of a roll I would go for the pickled radish over the cucumber roll. Originally rated 3, but realized I would not get it again, I’d much rather other 3 stars. ★★ (Two Stars)

Kappa Maki

ザンギ巻 (Zangi Maki): Fried Chicken Roll: 230 Yen. Yea, I was not sure how a fried chicken roll was going to be. Fried chicken, lettuce and sauce. And it was a big roll so a bit difficult to eat. The sauce was actually very good, a honey mustard type sauce. But I am not a big fried foods fan, so I would not get it again. But if you were debating between the regular side of fried chicken and the sushi, try this for a change. Not bad! ★★★ (Three Stars)

Fried Chicken Roll

生キャラメル (nama kyarameru): Fresh Caramel: 230 Yen. I do not get sides or desserts but always try when someone does so I can post in the blog just for general knowledge. This caramel in the cute little jar was quite tasty, topped with a bit of cream. Caramel in Japan is so smooth and soft, I am always impressed. For those not so much the sweet tooth, although small, might be best to have a bit or two or someone’s! ★★★★ (Four stars)

Fresh Caramel

September 3, 2010 – 3 plates (1 plate 105, 1 plate 315, 1 plate 420)

ツナサラダ軍艦 (tsuna salada gunkan): Tuna Salad Battleship Roll: 105 Yen. Can’t really think it tastes bad, it’s tuna salad on rice. Tastes like the tuna mayo onigiri (rice balls). So not a bad choice, not amazing, pretty basic. ★★★ (three stars).

Tuna Salad

いくら手巻 (ikura temaki): Salmon Roe Hand Roll: 315 Yen. Not the biggest fan of the big salmon fish eggs, little balls that pop juice in your mouth. The hand roll was edible but would not order again. Lots of fish eggs. ★★ (two stars)

Salmon Roe Handroll

軍艦三昧 (Gunkan Zanmai): Battleship Style Roll Three Ways (Sea Urchin, Salmon Roe, Minced Tuna): 420 Yen. This is a high roller plate, but contains many things very questionable to foreign palates. First the minced tuna, which thanks to this blog I found I really enjoy – despite the resemblance to cat food, so that was not difficult. Then there are the popping salmon roe, which are not bad not too strong of taste just a foreign feeling for foreign mouths. And then there is the uni which just does not appeal to the eye at first, it just looks like mush. Many people love uni, I don’t mind it at all, not bad. But I would not order this set because I’d rather not eat the strange variety of textures at once, especially the roe. ★★(two stars)

Battleship Three ways

August  13, 2010 – 3 plates (2 105, 1 plate 460)

炙り三昧 (aburi zanmai): Seared 3 ways (tuna, salmon and halibut): 46o Yen. I know I already love the seared sushis that I have eaten before, so this did not disappoint! So delicious and tasty! ★★★★★ (five stars)

Aburi zanmai

コーン軍艦 (kon gunkan): Corn battleship style roll: 105 Yen.  Better than expecting. Good flavor, a bit sweet. But if I am getting sushi I don’t want corn. ★★ (two stars)

kon gunkan

イカサラダ軍艦 (ika salada gunkan): Squid salad battleship style roll: 105 Yen. Usually the salads seem to have a lot of mayo but this was pretty delicious, but I probably wont order again. ★★★ (three stars)

ika salada

July 26, 2010 – 3 plates (1 plate 105, 1 plate 190, 1 plate 315)

穴きゅう手巻き(anna kyuu temaki): Eel and cucumber hand roll: 315 Yen. Delicious, I love eel and the fresh crunch of the cucumber. Great find. ★★★★★ (five stars)

Eel, Cucumber Hand roll

まぐろ納豆軍艦 (maguro nattou gunkan): Natto (fermented soybean) and tuna battleship roll: 105 Yen. VOMIT. Not a fan of natto, no matter how much I try. I had to have my friend prepare some stories to tell me before I ate this – I have found that is the best way for me not to pay attention to the nasty slime and flavor. ★ (reluctant one star) (ate one before I took the picture – woops)

Natto Tuna Roll

エビフライ巻き (ebi furai maki): Fried Shrimp Roll: 190 Yen. Very tasty! Can’t go wrong with fried shrimp – fancy presentation too! ★★★★ (four stars)

Fried Shrimp Roll

June 4, 2010 – 4 plates (1 plate 125, 1 plate 190, 1 plate 230, 1 plate 420)

うずら納豆軍艦 (uzura nattou gunkan): Quail egg Natto (fermented soybean) battleship style roll: 125 Yen.  VOMIT. Double underlined. There is nothing good at all about this roll. Raw egg yolk, and disgusting slimy, beany, gooey nattou. Literally I almost seriously vomited. Why anyone likes it is beyond me, nattou is healthy – probably because you lose your appetite after eating it. ★(one star, but in reality minus 800 stars)

uzura nattou

えび三昧 (ebi zanmai): Shrimp Three Ways: 420 Yen. This shrimp was eaten after the nattou which coated my mouth and I was not hungry anymore. It was fine but I wasn’t anything to write home about. The special shrimps – sweet and botan – just had a slimy feel. ★★★ (three stars – low three)

3 shrimps

とろサモーン炙り(Toro Samon Aburi): Seared Salmon: This was always a staple at Kantaro in the days of being able to eat freely! So I was excited to come up to this on the menu! Tastes like America – some fish thrown on the grill. So delicious! Will stay a staple! ★★★★★(five stars)

Aburi Salmon!

さば巻き (Saba Maki): Mackerel Roll: 190 Yen. Wow! This was another surprising find, just like the yuzu shio ika, this roll had an amazingly unique flavor. What was it – had to investigate – rolled up with the mackerel was ginger and a leaf – a shiso leaf. The shiso gave it such and interesting flavor. The down side is, these rolls are so big, so they are awkward for one bite, and sometimes too filling. But really good find. Because it was so intriguing I give it a four. ★★★★(four stars)

Mackerel Roll

April 19, 2010 – 5 plates (1 plate 105, 2 plates 190, 2 plates 315)

かんぱち (Kanpachi): Rudderfish: 315 Yen. Good taste, yum, but a tougher fish than most, I would have liked it a bit more tender. ★★★★ (four stars)

Kanpachi

いか納豆軍艦 (Ika Nattou Gunkan): Squid and Natto Battleship Roll: 105 Yen. Well, if you do not know what natto is, it is fermented soy beans – they are sticky like glue, nasty smell and terrible terrible texture and taste. You either love it or you hate it.. well, I have tried to like it before but I just cannot get over the texture and tastes, makes me want to vom every time. Took a lot of courage to eat both of these – someone talking to me to keep my mind off vomiting was helpful for the second on. Gross – I saw at least three more to come. I asked if I could give zero stars – one is vomit, zero is vomited. ★(one star, reluctantly).

Squid Natto

穴子天ぷら (Anago Tempura): Fried Eel: 315 Yen. I love this one, so I ordered it in between my nasty roll so I could maybe eat it to get the taste out of my mouth. Get it with a little bit of salt on the top, nice and delicious, I love eel. Five stars it could be, but I am not always a fried fan and I believe the plain eel is tastier, so four, but could be a five. ★★★★ (four stars)

Fried Eel

穴きゅう巻 (Ankyuu Maki): Eel, Cucumber and other stuff roll: 190 Yen. This was another large roll, like the kantaroll, which was just too filling. Maybe because I always eat them last. It was very tasty, soft eel, crunchy cucumber, sweet egg, some lettuce and I believe some sort of fish. It was very very good. I liked the sweetness too it with the egg and eel sauce. Good, I would like to try again when I am not so full. ★★★★ (four stars)

Anakyuu roll

唐揚げ (Karaage): Fried Chicken: 190 Yen. If you are in the mood for some karaage you will love some fried chicken. I am just not a fan of the fried sometimes and Kantaro fried food is a bit too greasy – and if I was to eat fried food at kantaro it would def be the squid legs. And I know some would argue that the tum tum might not feel so great after fried kantaro food. ★★ (two stars)

Karaage

April 15, 2010 – 4 plates (1 plate 105, 1 plate 190, 1 plate 230, 1 plate 315)

真鯛 (Madai): Sea Bream: 315 Yen. Delicious, light, not fishy, wasabi is great addition underneath. Nice new find. ★★★★★ (five stars)

Sea Bream

揚げなす (Age Nasu): Fried Eggplant: 105 Yen. eh, it tastes like anything fried, sort of like an onion ring. It was alright but I don’t really want it again (not the biggest fried fan – would rather get my fried with the fried shrimp or eel). I will give this one a three but I don’t really want it again but its not gross like other twos. ★★★(three stars)

Fried Eggplant

サーモン親子 (Saamon Oyako): Salmon Mother and Child/Salmon and Salmon Roe: 190 Yen. Well this was better than having to eat two of the salmon roe rolls, but I actually this time it wasn’t the texture of the eggs, this time I wasn’t a fan of the taste. ew. gross. But of course the salmon was good. ★★ (two stars)

Salmon and Salmon Roe

函太ロール (Kanta Rooru): Kantaro Roll: 230 Yen. Well, to start with I loved the play on words (this sushi place is kantaro and the roll is call kantaROll). So I was excited about that. It is four giant rolls with tuna, salmon, crab, cucumber, egg and squid, really a great combo of things. But the roll was big, a bit awkward to eat, and filling. And of course the salmon roe is really unnecessary. Don’t really need to get this again, other rolls are better. ★★★ (three stars)

kantaROll

April 8, 2010 – 4 plates (1 plate 125, 2 plates 230, 1 plate 315)

とろタク巻 (Toro Taku Maki): Minced Tuna Belly and Pickled Radish Roll: 230 Yen. Another roll so it tasted like American sushi. The toro tastes just like a tuna roll and the pickled radish has really no tastes just gives it a nice delicious crunch. Yum! ★★★★★ (five stars)

Toro Taku Maki

まくろ炙り (Maguro Aburi): Seared Tuna: 230 Yen. Tastes like grilled chicken, seriously. The Salmon like this used to always be a staple, so its nice to try it with tuna. Really good! ★★★★★ (five stars)

Maguro Aburi

エビマヨ軍艦 (Ebi Mayo Gunkan): Mayo Shrimp Battle Ship Roll: 125 Yen. Shrimp and Mayo are yummy but ya know, I’m not a huge fan of the saucy mayo, so it’s alright, nothing to die for. ★★★ (three stars)

Ebi Mayo Gunkan

えび天 (Ebi Ten): Tempura (fried) Shrimp: 315 Yen. Wow. Freakin’ five stars. So delicious, you cannot really go wrong with giant fried shrimp right?! Make sure to get the salt on top, makes it so delicious with the lemon too. This one made me sing a song about how I love kantaro so much. Actually tastes a bit like the McDonald’s Shrimp filet, which I love. ★★★★★ (five stars)

Ebi Ten

March 28, 2010 – 5 plates (1 plate 105, 2 plates 190, 1 plate 230, 1 plate 630) *I finished my point card last time so I had 1,000 yen off~!

上ねぎとろ巻 (Ue Negi Toro Maki): Minced Tuna and Onion Roll: 230 Yen. Rarely do I eat rolls at Kantaro so this tasted a bit like American sushi (because I only ate rolls in America). Recently I have realized I am a huge negi toro fan (minced tuna and onion), so it was delicious. I have decided you can’t go wrong with negi toro! ★★★★★ (five stars)

Ue Negitoro Maki

かにサラダ軍艦 (Kani Salada Gunkan): Crab Salad Battleship style roll: 190 Yen. A nice cool mayonnaise crab salad. But nothing to write home about. Too much saucy coleslaw-nesss. ★★★ (three stars)

Kani Salada Gunkan

本まぐろ三昧 (Hon Maguro Zanmai): Three styles of Northern Bluefin Tuna: 630 Yen. Yes, I believe this is one of the most expensive plates on the menu (but I had my 1,000 discount). Three styles of Bluefin tuna, 赤身、中とろ、大とろ (lean meat tuna, medium-fatty tuna, fatty tuna belly). Wow. Texture like butter, so soft and melts in your mouth delicious. Amazing. So so so good (let’s hope its 630!) Five stars No DOUBT. ★★★★★ (five stars)

Hon Maguro Zanmai

いなり (Inari): Rice in fried tofu: 105 Yen. Needed a cheap one after the 630, it’s good, sweet, but I this is easily made in your own home, so I don’t really think it needs to be ordered at Kantaro. ★★★ (three stars)

Inari

フライポテト (Furai Poteto): French Fries: 190 Yen. I mean, they are thick cuts of fried potatoes, if you want some french fries get ’em. But make sure to order them, you don’t want the cold ones that have been going around the conveyor belt. ★★★ (three stars)

Furai Poteto

March 19, 2010 – 6 plates ( 3 plates 190, 2 plates 230, 1 plate 315)

かに味噌軍艦 (Kani Miso Gunkan): Battleship Style roll Crab and Crab guts/intestines: 230 Yen. Never ever order. Disgusting. We have always seen this one – crab and poop we called it. The poop is all the leftover crap in the crab. Tastes like mud from the bottom of a lake. ★ (one star)

Crab and Poop

厚焼き玉子 (Atsuyaki Tamago): Thickly Sliced Egg: 190 Yen. It’s a block of egg. I mean it is fine. But I’m eating sushi. On the side is grated radish. ★★★ (three stars)

Atsuyaki Tamago

ねぎとろ軍艦 (Negi Toro Gunkan): Battleship Style Roll Minced Tuna with onion: 190 Yen. Delicious, different onion than the other negi toro (below), great mix and taste with the wasabi. Delicious. And cheaper than the other one.  ★★★★ (four stars)

Negi Toro Gunkan

ねぎとろマウンテン (Negi Toro Mountain): Minced Tuna with onion Mountain: 230 Yen. Aesthetically NOT pleasing, literally looks like a mountain of cat food. But its DELICIOUS. This is what this project is about, no way I would have ever eaten this!! Six cucumber rolls below the mountain of minced tuna, give it a great crunch with the softness of the tuna. I can’t wait to go back and eat this one again!!! ★★★★★ (five stars)

Negi Toro Mountain

イカのゲソ揚げ (Ika no Geso Age): Fried Squid Legs: 190 Yen. I always used to get this when I needed a change from sushi. Delicious fried squid, actually tastes like an Arby’s curly fry. Apparently I have to eat the entire Kantaro menu, so sides are included. Had not done one yet though. For a side, ★★★★★(five stars)

Fried Squid Legs

小龍包 (Shyoronpo): Steamed porkbuns/dumplings: 315 Yen. You get three, they are great to share, pipin’ hot, juicy and very tasty! ★★★★★ (five stars)

Shyoronpo

March 8, 2010 – 5 plates (1 plate 105, 1 plate 190, 2 plates 230, 1 plate 315) *went for Crave’s Bday!

いくら軍艦 (Ikura Gunkan): Battleship Style roll Salmon Roe: 230 Yen. Way to start off the night. Was not looking forward to the Eggs popping and exploding like little balls filled with juice in my mouth. Not as bad as I was expecting but I’m not feeling it. ★★ (two stars)

Ikura Gunkan

実家製〆さば (Jikkasei Shime Saba): Eastern Style Mackerel: 190 Yen. More meaty fish. The wasabi flavor was good. Drier fish. Nice to mix up the regular mix with every so often. ★★★★ (four stars)

Jikkasei Shime Saba

上ねぎとろ軍艦 (Ue Negi Toro Gunkan): Battleship roll style Minced Tuna with onion on top: 230 Yen. Super nervous about this one, the texture is a bit iffy. But the flavor is surprisingly good. Never would have ordered this EVER. If you are feeling adventurous get it, not bad! ★★★★ (four stars)

Ue Negi Toro Gunkan

本まぐろ赤身 (Hon Maguro Akami): Northern Blue Fin Tuna’s Lean Meat: 315 Yen: Awesome. Tuna so delicious. Melts in your mouth. So soft and just awesome. It’s on a good plate, it better be good! ★★★★★ (five stars)

Hon Maguro Akami

握り玉子 (Nigiri Tamago): Egg on Rice: 105 Yen: Good, would give this a 4 but if I am eating at Kantaro I would probably want fish. But delicious, chilled, bit sweet. Yum. ★★★ (three stars)

Nigiri Tamago/ Egg on Rice

March 1, 2010 – 4 Plates (2 plates 230, 1 plate 190, 1 plate 125) *thanks Steve and Brian for dinner

甘えび (Ama ebi): Sweet Shrimp: 230 Yen: Can’t really go wrong with shrimp and wasabi! Wet texture but still good. ★★★★ (four stars)

Ama Ebi

蒸しえび (Mushi ebi): Steamed Shrimp: 190 Yen: Again, can’t go wrong with shrimp and wasabi. Drier than the other shrimp, obviously because it is boiled and not raw. ★★★★ (four stars).

Mushi Ebi

ほたて (Hotate): Scallops: 230 Yen: Um, it is Aomori, our scallops are famous here, so of course its delicious. This was also one of my previous get every times anyways! ★★★★★ (five stars)

Hotate

サーモン (saamon): Salmon: 125 Yen: I mean, it’s salmon, just like the tuna, it is a hard one to go wrong with at Kantaro. ★★★★★ (five stars)

Salmon

Feb. 25, 2010 – 4 Plates (2 plates 190, 2 plates 230)

穴子 (Anago): Conger Eel: 230 Yen: Delicious, I love eel, melts in your mouth and delicious eel bbq-esque sauce. ★★★★★ (five stars)

Anago, Conger Eel

サーモンマヨネーズ (Salmon Mayonezu): Mayo Salmon: 190 Yen: Always a good one to mix up the sushis. Although the mayo can look a bit intimidating it gives the salmon a cool refreshing flavor. ★★★★ (four stars)

Mayo Salmon

えんがわ (Engawa): Halibut dorsal fin: First time I ever had this I thought it was super tough, but today it was not bad, and the wasabi below the fish added nice flavor, surprisingly not bad but nothing spectacular. ★★★ (three stars)

Engawa: Halibut dorsal

あじ (Aji): Horse Mackerel: 230 Yen: Meaty fish, good, grated ginger a bit strong, not bad. If you are not a fan of the tougher squid/octopus/shell fish type sushis this might be a good option to try something new. Alright, hard to rank I think I need to try again. ★★★ (three stars, for now).

Aji, Horse Mackerel

Feb. 21, 2010 – 4 Plates (2 plates 190, 2 plates 230) (my camera was out of batteries – sorry for the cellphone pics)

** Exciting note: I finished my original Kantaro Point card so I have stepped it up a level and received the Premiere Card, meaning for every stamp I get (500 yen) I get TWO!

イカゆず塩 (Ikayuzushio): Yuzu Salt Squid: 190 Yen: Wow! An amazing new flavor. The Yuzu (East Asian little fruit somewhat like a grapefruit used for flavoring) and salt are a wonderful unique combination of tangy and salty. This is a must try for everyone at least once, refreshing new flavor! Squid was not tough, delicious, but if it looks like too much salt brush a bit off: ★★★★(four stars)

Ika Yuzu Shio

活たこ (Katsutako): Katsu Octopus: 230 Yen: More tender than regular octopus, no tentacle suction cup parts, good, but nothing special about it. ★★★

Katsu Tako

いかポン (Ikapon): Pon Squid: 190 Yen: Squid was tough, brown stuff (pon) not sure what it is, but sorta gross. Was expecting it to be tangy, but it was not… questionable.. ★★(two stars)

Ika Pon

はまち (Hamachi): Yellowtail: 230 Yen: Tender, cool refreshing flavor yet not strong, not a sushi for every time, but a perfect sushi for mixing up the routine and eating something different. ★★★★(four stars)

Hamachi

Feb. 14, 2010 — 4 Plates (2 plates 190, 2 plates 230)

Today is my first day of Operation Kantaro 100 Plates. Let me first explain the ratings

★★★★★ Get it everyt ime!

★★★★ Yummy! Delicious, but maybe not every time.

★★★ Ok, not bad

★★ Questionable

★ Vomit.

Me, My Kantaro Log, and my first Sushi... btw I have never been to Co State..

まぐろ:(Maguro): Tuna: 190 Yen: Delicious, always a safe choice, the wasabi under the tuna divine: ★★★★★ (five stars)

Maguro: Tuna

とろサーモン: (Toro Salmon): Fatty Salmon: 230 Yen: Tender, Soft, So easy and delicious to eat: ★★★★★(five stars)

Toro Salmon: Fatty Salmon

真いか:(まいか): Squid: 190 Yen: Normal tough squid, light flavor, Good, Like , don’t need every time: ★★★★(four stars)

Maika, Squid

づけまぐろ: (Zuke Maguro): Marinated Tuna: 230 Yen: Appearance great, onion a bit over powering, fish yum: ★★★★(four stars)

ZukeMaguro: Marinated Tuna

Kantaro Sushi: THE CHALLENGE

Kantaro Menu

Where can you find many Aomori City JETs dining, maybe once, twice, three times a week? Yes, that is right, their favorite sushi place, Kantaro. Based on 105 yen (about a dollar) some people might prefer Kappa Sushi, but not us. We love our Kantaro.

Kantaro is a kaiten sushi restaurant (conveyor belt sushi), with a lively atmosphere. Immediately upon entering the entire restaurant bursts out in “Irrraassshaaai maseeee!” (That’s pretty typical of all restaurants but seems more fun and happy from the Kantaro staff. Those sushi makers know how to have a good time). After being placed a booth, filling your cups of green tea, filling you soy sauce dish, and wiping your hands with the wetnap, you are ready for sushi. But as we all know, especially Kantaro expert Bec, even if you see the sushi you want rolling around on the conveyor belt, it is best to order yourself and get the freshest of fresh!

Each sushi price depends on the plate ordered ranging from about a dollar to six.

Different Color Plates = Different Prices

One day I was looking at the menu, and wondered how long (how many months) would it take to eat everything on the menu. Just going the nromal amount that I normally do.

MY CHALLENGE:

Then I decided, heck I’ll try. So, I am starting in each price bracket from the first, so for example one day I might combine the 105 plates and the 500 plates. I have a log I will write price, Japanese name, English, Thoughts, and Rating. So in the end I will know which are my all time favorites. So here goes!!

9 Responses to “Kantaro and the 100 Plates”

  1. sandra smith Says:

    I’ll enjoy following along. love the pics of the food.

  2. Christy Says:

    This is going to be soo much fun!!
    Great idea, and I love the lay out. It’s brief, easy to read, and the pictures are great!!

    I wanna go with you on one of your kantaro runs soon!

  3. Kristi Kiger Says:

    hey tesia – so fun! enjoy, and i’ll be keepin’ an eye on your progress 🙂

  4. cravevsworld Says:

    Big Fan!

    will your new blog be advertised in your uncle’s newsletter?

  5. Patrick Says:

    How many plates are left? And really, how does it compare to US Sushi, or is it just completely different?


  6. I am not sure how many are left, I have finished a few sections but def have a good way to go – maybe less than half?
    Yes, the sushi is completely different – I think they are different foods but I like them both very much

  7. Patty Says:

    TEsia, your dedication is terrific! Your descriptions make me feel like I am there- thanks for sharing your experiences.

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