|Curry Pad Thai|
|Sashimi: salmon(top), butter fish (bottom left), surf clam(bottom right)|
On entering S&F, we were nicely greeted and led to our table. The first thing that stood out about this restaurant was their very modern, chic decor. The colors were mostly black and white, which gave a more modern feel to the restaurant. We decided to go with the AYCE menu (as they also have an a-la-carte menu for both lunch and dinner). We gave our first round of orders and soaked up the atmosphere, which was really nice and upscale. After only a few minutes, food started to arrive at our table. Each food item came in a portion specifically designed for 1-2 people, which was something I have not seen at all-you-can-eat restaurants (usually they place all the same orders of the same food on one big plate to save clean up).
Since there were many things that we tried, I will only describe a few of the dishes. I was thoroughly impressed with most of the Thai dishes; some available were: green/red/golden curry, pad thai, Thai fried rice, pepper beef, sweet and sour fish, etc. I enjoyed the different curries with your choice of beef, chicken or vegetable. The green curry was very creamy and had the perfect amount of kick from the spice; the chicken in the curry was SO tender and felt apart when I put it into my mouth. The curry pad thai had a nice taste as well; I am a BIG fan of curry flavors so this noodle dish was simply delicious. The curry powder and the aroma of the vegetables all added to a taste buds explosion and the peanuts with shrimp are a necessity to any pad thai. The mango salad was definitely one of my favorite dishes of the day; the nice mango's had a very subtle, sweet taste. The green peppers, red peppers and red onion covered in a nice vinaigrette balanced out the refreshing mango's nicely.
|Maki rolls: Spicy Salmon (left) & dragon roll (right)|
However for being primarily a Japanese sushi place, I was utterly disappointed. The sashimi ordered (available for lunch are: salmon, butter fish, white tuna, hokkigai (surf clam), tai (snapper), kani (crab stick), tamago(egg)) was very tasteless. I love sashimi because of its true fish flavor; all of this sashimi was bland and boring. After one taste, I had enough as there was literally no seafood flavor. Also, the sushi rolls were average at best; there was nothing distinctly interesting nor flavorful, mainly tasting of rice and an indistinguishable piece of fish. Even the spicy salmon hand rolls had no kick to it and tasted dull (although there was a large piece of fish). Only 2 out of 4 soups are available each day and that was disconcerting as my friend is an avid miso soup lover. Although, the yam and shrimp tempura were nicely breaded (unlike most places which over bread) and tasted hot and light.
|Green Curry with Chicken|
Overall, I do not think I will be back to Spoon and Fork; there are just too many other restaurants out there that are cheaper and in my opinion, have better quality of food for their respective prices.