SuShi Train

January 28, 2010

70 S. Weber Rd., Romeoville, IL 60446

Thesushitrain.com

Lunch & Dinner ($2- $14)

On Wednesday Chris and I decided to try out Sushi Train. We had been meaning to for a while and Wednesday is 30% off all sushi rolls. When we arrived the place was packed, but we found a seat at the sushi bar, which is always fun. We quickly put in our order for some of the traditional rolls, like the salmon skin roll, shrimp tempura roll, spicy salmon roll, and spicy crab roll. The food came out pretty quickly considering how busy they were. The rolls were delicious and the portions were more than generous. The tempura roll had pieces of shrimp so large you couldn’t even fit them in your mouth whole. We also decided to order two of their special rolls, the first was a Mexican roll filled with cilantro, spicy tuna, and jalapeño. Next, we tried the sweat heart which had a little bit of everything-deep fried spicy tuna, cream cheese, avocado, shrimp, crab meat, and was wrapped with soy paper. Chris tried some sashimi as well, and he was very pleased. My only complaint about the whole night was that we didn’t seem to have a specific waiter, and so we never knew who to talk to and we were constantly being asked the same questions by each of the waiters. However, we had a very enjoyable experience and we will definitely be back for more. Next time we will be sure to go on Sunday when they have their sushi train going around, with plates priced from $1.50 to $6.

Mambo Room

January 25, 2010

25 W. Calendar Ct., LaGrange IL 60525

http://www.mamboroomlatingrill.com

Dinner and Bar ($5-$9 tapas, $6-$14 per entree)

Mambo Room is a Latin bar and grill that specializes in tapas. We went there around 6:30 on Friday night and the restaurant was practically empty. A half an hour later and they were getting pretty busy. We were seated promptly, but it took about 10 minutes before we received water or even saw the waitress. Once she did get to the table she was as nice as can be. Chris ordered a margarita since it was made with a house made margarita mix, 1800 tequila, and Grand Marnier, it was very well made. We began by ordering two tapas, the queso de cabra, which is baked goat cheese on a basil tomato sauce, and garlic plantains. If you don’t like too much garlic, we suggest not ordering the plantains, but the mix of the sweet plantains and the garlic was very intriguing and definitely excited our palates. We also ordered the shrimp ceviche, which was “cooked” perfectly, and the Acapulco stuffed pepper, which was a chef’s special and was stuffed with shrimp and lump crab meat! The food was so delicious that we decided to order a couple more tapas. We tried the Mansana tilapia, which was drizzled with a delicious mango brandy sauce, as well as the stuffed portabella mushroom, which was baked and served with a generous helping of caramelized onions and melted cheese. The food was not only good, but it was brought out two at a time and we were never left waiting for the next course. If you’re looking for a tasty Latin dessert, however, don’t bother. They don’t have a dessert menu and they only offer three dreary options for after dinner. On a good note though, they have live music certain days and they also have a bar so they are open late especially on the weekend.

Prasino

January 19, 2010

93 S. La Grange Rd., La Grange, IL 60525

Eatgreenlivewell.com

Breaktfast, Lunch, & Dinner ($8-$30 per entree)

Last Friday night we dined at Prasino; we had no reservation but it was only about a 20 minute wait.  One thing we really liked about this place was the large waiting area, filled with chairs and magazines. There is nothing worse than being stuffed shoulder-to-shoulder while waiting to be seated. Once we were seated the waitress came over to take our drink orders, she was very friendly, but she also seemed to be very busy because we did not see her often. I ordered an Oogave organic soda (Mandarian Key-Lime) and Chris ordered a cocktail. They have very unique, yet tasty cocktails. Next, we ordered the Grilled Fresh Monterey Calamari, and it was delicious. As the name explains, the Calamari was grilled, not breaded and fried, which was a nice touch. The salad of sorts that displayed the calamari was super fresh and gave a lightness to the appetizer; which is something that is typically fried as a starter.  As for entrees, we ordered the Southwest Black Bean Burger and the Sesame Crusted Line Caught Ahi Tuna. While we both enjoy knowing where our food comes from as well as knowing it was consciously caught in the case of the fish, both of our dishes were quite disappointing. We usually never complain about food being too big, but the burger was so large (and dry!) that it just crumbled before it could be consumed. The Ahi Tuna was extremely overcooked. Now don’t get us wrong, we know some people do not like to see raw fish on their plate, but if somebody is ordering ahi tuna they should be expecting it after just kissing the pan. We really wanted to like this place, not only because of the claims of commitment to healthy, organic food but the bustling downtown LaGrange area is a new find for us. Fortunately, we ended the night on a high note, with their scrumptious Pumpkin Cheesecake, which was fantastic with their addition of a 25 year old balsamic.