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Suga Taster, Taraja Enjoys Japanese Cuisine in Texas!

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Spicy Edamame
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Tacu Yaki

Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson enjoyed Japanese Cuisine in Austin, Texas a few days ago. She had a memorable experience at Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen.

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Cheers to that and Happy Thursday!

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Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen

Location: 1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States

Ph: 512-444-8081

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Taster, Kim takes her Sushi craving to Atlanta!

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth’s Ratings for Eight Sushi Lounge, Atlanta, Georgia

Date and time of visit: December 28, 2019 @ 6pm

No. of diners: 3

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

 Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga Taster, Kim’s Breakdown!

With an environmentalist boyfriend, travelling for me means the zoo is a must, and a full day at the zoo always leaves us hungry and wanting to sit and enjoy a satisfying meal. After a splendid day at Zoo Atlanta, I consulted the reliable TripAdvisor and looked for the top ten restaurants nearby. Eight Sushi Lounge had great reviews so it was an easy choice. After we figured out it was valet parking only, we were smooth sailing.

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This Japanese restaurant was put together with an interesting marriage of the southern heavy wooden décor and bold ultra modern Japanese accents and accessories. We told our waiter this was our first time and he excitedly and knowledgeably guided us through the menu. We ordered the Tuna Crisp appetizer, the #Hashtag roll, Windmill roll, Explosion roll and Langoustine roll. This was our first time having pressed rolls.

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The flavour combinations were so bold that we had to take the time to really savour each roll, despite wanting to gobble it all down. Everything was so tasty and exhilarating!

I don’t know if you’ve spotted a trend with my reviews, but of course we had dessert! We had the Matcha Cheesecake, Homemade Bread Pudding with ice cream and the Chocolate Pudding.

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The sweet finale was definitely pleasurable, but the Sushi is what we will be heading back to indulge in once again! This was truly an delightful dining experience.

EIGHT SUSHI LOUNGE

Location: 930 Howell Mill Rd NW, Ste B, Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Website: eightsushiatl.com

Email: info@eightsushiatl.com

Phone: (404) 796-8888

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth.

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Suga Taster, Kimmy makes a stop at Matthew’s Sushi-Bar-Restaurant in Negril!

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth’s Ratings for Matthew’s Sushi-Bar-Restaurant

Date and time of visit: November 14, 2019 @ 1pm

No. of diners: 3

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★☆

 Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth of Suga Lifestyle

Suga Taster, Kimmy’s Breakdown!

We had a long drive from Kingston to Negril for a business meeting and took the opportunity to try one of the new restaurants on the strip; Matthew’s had its official opening on September 14th, 2019.

On entering you are welcomed by a wide, tastefully branded Appleton Estate Matthew’s Bar and wallpaper with beautiful photos of a variety of Jamaican landscapes. The dark wooden decor finishes and free wifi were very welcoming and our host greeted and seated us quickly.

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My party of 3 ordered Calamari and Wings for appetizers and Coconut Curry Shrimp, honey glazed Salmon and torched Salmon Rolls for the main course. The Calamari was enough to share and EVERYTHING was really tasty. Meal portions were just adequate. My party was satisfied, but I wasn’t leaving without dessert! We shared the Tortuga Rum Cake with Ice cream.

A pleasant dining experience with welcoming, attentive staff and tasty food. Nothing we had was remarkable enough to plan a trip around visiting this restaurant, but I would add it to the list of options if you happen to be in Negril.

Massive kudos to our waitress who honoured my request for honey and lime to accompany my white rum in an attempt to keep my pesky cold at bay!

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Matthew’s Sushi-Bar-Restaurant
Location: The Boardwalk Shopping Village, Norman Manley Blvd., Negril, Jamaica  
Phone: (876) 564-1355  

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Suga Taster, Jehan Knight does Steak, Lamb Chops and more at ETARU Hallandale in Florida!

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Suga Taster, Jehan Knight’s Ratings for ETARU Hallandale, FL.

Date and time of visit: November 2, 2019 at 7:30pm

No. of diners: 3

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★☆

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga Taster’s Breakdown!

ETARU Hallandale has dining by the terrace and an indoor/outdoor cocktail bar that specializes in contemporary Japanese Robatayaki-style cuisine. Robatayaki is when food is cooked at varying speeds over hot charcoal similar to barbecue.

Upon arriving to the restaurant, valet parking was smooth with a USD$13 charge. We were then directed to the hostess who had our reservation for three requesting outdoor seating several days prior. However, she apologized that there were no available tables outside. Once seated inside, our server, Vasiliki B. presented us with the dinner and drink menus, informed us about the cuisine offered including the fact that everything was a la carte, gave us a few minutes and then returned to take our orders.

Two servings of Pork Dumplings were requested, but one had to be sent back because a member of our party was allergic to sesame seeds. The server apologized for not asking about any allergies, as she was in a rush to get our orders in before the kitchen got extremely busy.

The downfalls with this restaurant were that a few of the dishes lacked flavour, which was appeased by the sauces they were served with. Also, the wait time, as we did not complete our meals until about 10:40pm after getting there at 7:30 pm.

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Japanese Fried Chicken with YoZu Kosho Mayo

The fried chicken lacked flavour. It seemed as if no salt or pepper was added to the batter, but the sauce was rich and had hints of lemon zest.

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Pork Dumplings with mushrooms, truffle and ponzu sauce.

The Pork Dumplings were tasty, but lacked an adequate serving of ponzu sauce to have all the flavours truly marry together.

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Grilled half Chicken with spiced lemon saikyo miso.

The Grilled Chicken was seasoned well and reminded me a bit of ‘Pan Chicken’ from home (Jamaica). The lemon saikyo sauce had the perfect consistency and provided a burst of flavour from the various oriental spices.

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Baked Sweet Potato with yuzu soft cheese.

The Baked potato had too much garnish and not enough yuzu soft cheese, so Suga Taster, Jehan was unable to fully appreciate the combo.

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New Zealand Lamb Chops with Korean spices and sesame cucumbers.

The Lamb Chops were cooked medium, with a succulent slide off the bones with each taste. The pairing of the Korean spices and the sesame cucumbers were on point.

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Broccolini, with ginger and moromi ginger.

The Broccolini was blanched perfectly, but I would have peferred if the sauce had been evenly dispersed.

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10 oz. skirt steak with wasabi chimichurri.

The Steak was cooked medium well as ordered. The wasabi chimichurri sauce added the right amount of heat to the steak.

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Yoghurt and Almond Cake with mango toffee, caramel miso Ice cream.

This dessert option was on point and satisfied our sweet tooth well!

ETARU Hallandale

Location: 111 S Surf Road, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

Ph: 954-271-3222

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga revisits AnneX East Japanese

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Top: Chicken & Shrimp Don ($2280JMD)
(Teriyaki Chicken, Shrimp Tempura and sauteed Vegi over rice)

Below: Grilled Chicken with Cream sauce ($1920JMD)

Service and speed continue to be mediocre but I love that the menu is continuously revised or new options are provided. The food continues to be good quality with decent presentation and is surely value for money.

Date of visit: Saturday, July 16, 2016

AnneX East Japanese

Ph#: 876-481-0990

Address: 71 Lady Musgrave Road. Kingston, Jamaica.

Did you know there is ‘AnneX’ East Japanese?

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Have you been to East Japanese Market Place at Constant Spring Road’s mid town branch as yet? It’s called AnneX East Japanese. It’s only logical right? It is in The Courtyard, the same complex as CPJ and CRU, next to Y not Pita. Suga went on a lunch date there last Saturday afternoon at 4:15pm.

There were not a lot of people there, which I liked. So it wasn’t too busy, but not too quiet either. It was cosy and I was impressed by the modern, tasteful decor. They also had a wall with speakers, almost ceiling high, which I found unique. But no worries, they don’t blast music, they keep it mellow as their motto, ‘More casual and elegant. Mellow music’, states.

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Service was mediocre. Pleasant welcome and fairly professional attitudes. The food arrived in reasonable time, but it took forever to get a simple Piña Colada. I asked that the rum be substituted with Appleton rum, but I could not taste even a hint of rum. The rest of the drink was lovely, smooth, thick and creamy with the essence of coconut, but failed to have the zestful taste of spirit. Since I had to wait so long for it, I didn’t bother to send it back but made sure to tell the bartender before I left. He said because I requested Appleton rum, of which they used Appleton special, that he did not know how much to add. Any experienced bartender or drinker period, knows that Appleton is a weaker rum than White rum so you would need to add more.

The food? Decent quality. I had the Tempura AnneX Special for $1270JMD including Shrimp Tempura, a tasty California Majestic Roll, an oily Seafood Fried Bean Curd and a Ginger salad, of which I only ate the shredded carrot. The rest of the salad was boring as it was just lettuce with what looked like that orange, French dressing that I hate. But the carrot is what had the pronounced flavour of ginger.

My other half enjoyed The Sushi Platter AnneX Special, also for $1270JMD with Tuna, Salmon, Hamachi Yellow Tail,  White Tuna and Rock Shrimp, along with the same salad, Cali Roll and Bean Curd. Both specials came with a Miso Soup too. The variety given at that cost was satisfying and broke the monotony of me ordering my usual Appetizer and 2 Rolls from the many options available. It worked out to be much less money, yet filling.

AnneX East Japanese

Ph#: 876-481-0990

Address: 71 Lady Musgrave Road. Kingston, Jamaica.

Date of visit: 12/9/15

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★☆

Decor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★☆☆

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

SuGa Endorsement: ★★★★☆