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Sushi @ Tenka Asian Bistro

Good morning all. Everyone have a good night? I know it’s early but so far this week is off to a great start. Yesterday was very productive for me and I completed a bunch of errands and chores. I even fit in a 1 hr hike with Brian and our dog Casey!

The weather outside was incredible. I am predicting an early fall here in Massachusetts. :-)

Last night’s dinner was a Cajun stir fry with some exciting new-to-me ingredients.

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A Trader Joe’s find!

IMG_0058In a skillet, I sauteed about 1/2 a yellow onion, 1/2 a bell pepper, 2 handfuls of frozen spinach, 1 cup frozen corn, a package of organic brown rice, and 3 links of Cajun chicken sausage.

IMG_0061I topped it off with a dash of cayenne pepper and a little teriyaki sauce.

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Last week my friend Matt and I had another pretty amazing sushi date. We ended up going to this restaurant Tenka Asian Bistro in Westborough Mass, because they had a 50% off Groupon available.

As usual we started with an appetizer.

IMG_0032PAN FRIED GYOZA

Japanese pork & vegetable dumplings

IMG_0033(I am in LOVE with my new camera. :-)  )

When it came time to order rolls, we decided on 4 to split. We always try to get rolls with different toppings and types of fish. I prefer raw fish, but it’s nice to get 1 with a little tempura to give it a little crunch. The rolls were a little pricey, but since we had a Groupon we decided to just go for it! On average each roll was about $13

When it came to the table, we high-fived each other.  Look at how amazing these rolls look. I had been a bit annoyed because it was taking a really long time to get our food, but when I saw the time and craftsmanship that goes into each of these rolls I realized it was worth the wait.

Sushi, sushi, and yes, more sushi!

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IMG_0035SNOW MOUNTAIN ROLL

Box shaped roll w. snow crab topped w. baked spicy tuna, sweet yuzu eel sauce

IMG_0036WINDING WAY ROLL-

Spicy tuna, salmon, tempura flakes topped w. mango, tobiko & creamy cucumber relish

IMG_0037TENKA HOUSE ROLL

Cajun rock shrimp & avocado topped w. spicy tuna, Japanese seasoning, spicy wasabi, aioli

 

IMG_0038EEL & AVOCADO ROLL

Eel with cucumber, avocado topped with eel sauce

To say we demolished this plate of food is probably the understatement of the century! It was also the messiest sushi I have ever eaten.

IMG_0039It’s really hard to pick a favorite from these rolls. They were all so different and had really unique flavor profiles and personalities. I’ll tell you though, I am starting to love the fruit topped rolls! My only complaint about this epic meal was that the Snow Mountain Roll was IMPOSSIBLE to eat with chop sticks. The integrity of the roll design was all off and it immediately fell apart once it was even touched. I had to do the unthinkable and eat it with a fork. I felt like an idiot but there was just no other way it could have been consumed.

Including tax and tip the bill came to $66.50. I had gotten a $40 gift card for $20 so after the coupon it was only $26.50, which basically means we ate $66 worth of sushi for $46. It was certainly worth every penny! I had eaten here with Nolan before and I really like this spot, but it is a bit pricier than the other sushi places we have gone. I don’t think I would go back here without another Groupon, but purely for financial reasons. Oga’s, Aoi, and Ten Ichi are all closer and more reasonably priced.

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