Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

It was Daddy’s birthday yesterday!  As usual, we celebrated with food!  To be exact, Japanese food, which is one of Daddy’s favorites.  In the past ten years, our family seldom purchased any fish from the supermarket.  Not that we don’t like fish.  It was just because we always have the freshest supply, free.  Yes, I said FREE!  That’s because daddy loves fishing!  If you’ve ever tasted a piece of sashimi from the fish that was just swimming in the ocean minutes ago, you know what is fresh.  The sweetness of the flesh, and melt in the mouth texture is indescribable!
Back to the birthday celebration, we went to RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Torrance.  I rated this place 3.5 to 4 stars out of 5.  I picked this restaurant because it’s closed to our house and they have pretty decent sashimi and rolls.  Plus, I know they have high chairs available.  This place is spacious and usually not packed.  Also, it’s in the Del Amo Fashion Center, so, there are plenty of parking spaces available.  Of course, there are many other (better) sushi restaurants to choose from in Torrance if you don’t have to consider high chair availability, wait time and parking distance. 
Let’s see what we have ordered…
Assorted Sashimi Set LunchAssorted Sashimi Set Lunch—Tuna, Salmon and Yellowtail Served with Salad, Miso Soup and a bowl of white rice
The Set lunch is good value, but the fish wasn’t top quality.  I would rather order a la carte next time.

Sushi--Tuna, Uni and Ebi Sushi—Tuna, Uni and Ebi
The Uni sushi are great, very fresh and sweet.  Didn’t try the other 2.

Seared Tuna with Ginger Sauce  Seared Tuna with Ginger Sauce
This one is yummy.  Something different.  I love the greens on top adding a little crunch.  The ginger sauce is flavorful but not too strong.

Garlic Citrus YellowtailGarlic Citrus Yellowtail 
The citrus dressing is very light, very refreshing.  It’s perfect with a dab of wasabi.

Yellowtail Sashimi Yellowtail Sashimi
Good quality, better than those from the set lunch. 

Salmon SashimiSalmon Sashimi 
The salmons were just okay.  Not fat enough for my liking.

Spicy Tuna Roll Spicy Tuna Roll
Not bad, tuna is spicy enough.  However, I think I can make the roll prettier that this! 

Shrimp Tempura Udon  Shrimp Tempura Udon
Shrimp Tempura Udon
Shrimp Tempura Udon
The Udon is very flavorful, lots of bay scallops, carrots and mushrooms make the broth very sweet.

Beef Tataki Roll Beef Tataki Roll
This is one of my favorite, the dipping sauce is great too, a little sweet and a little tangy.  The beef is fresh and melt in your mouth.  The asparagus adds a little bit crunch. 

Scallop Sashimi Scallop Sashimi
This is my favorite of the day.  Fresh, sweet, melt in your mouth goodness.

So, what’s the damage……drum roll please…
The Bill
Just a tip for you, if you want to try RA, go during their happy hours.  You get discount on beers and sake (not sure how much though), appetizers and rolls are 50% off!   That’s not a bad deal at all.

We had a great time.  I’m sure my little ones enjoyed the lunch, too.  There were lots of laughter, noise and mess from them.  Nothing is better than spending quality time with family.  (Too bad my hubby couldn’t join us this time.)  To me, food is the most delicious when shared with family and love ones.  Happy Birthday again, Daddy!  I love you.


  1. I love to go back and visit the first posts of a blog that I have "happened" upon :o) What a great first post :o) My hubby and his family are from Hawaii and so they love sashimi :o) I know that you wrote this many months already...but here is a belated Happy Birthday to your dad :o)

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (I have limited blog time with working outside our home, but am so happy to have found your blog :o)

  2. Your photography has taken a giant leap forward in one year! Congrats.