It was late in the evening. The hub and I finally made the three block walk to Epicurious Garden. We were surprised to find no seating within except at Taste and the Tea place. The garden didn't have anything but benches and it was pretty dark and fairly chill. But we soldiered on, figuring if the food was good and also realizing this lack of seating was probably due to Berkeley's parking spot/restaurant-seating regulations.
I'd never made it to dinner at the regular Kirala because of the waits there, but was determined to get some sushi. My husband picked up a fresh futomaki (4 pieces for an astronomical sum but, oh well, we were willing to pay) I spied a roll with some spicy tuna, an avocado slice and two shrimp patterned on top. It was marked down from nearly $9 to 6-something. I figured it had sat around a few hours but would still be okay and since it was what I'd want anyway and I've had sushi from Drunken Fish that, even the next morning was fine, I bought it. We went up to the garden area.
My sushi must have been 24 hours old. The rice was dry and inedible, hard as cardboard pellets. Kirala To Go has lost a potential steady customer. It never occurred to me that they'd sell something like that. If I'd been warned I'd have gotten something fresh for a few bucks more. And I've had lots of pre-packaged sushi from Get-A on 41st near Piedmont when I've wanted lunch in a hurry. It's been $3-6 for very tasty fresh.
We also got soccas. My husband loved the pork topping on his but hated the crust stuff. I found the crust dry (maybe they should add a bit more of the olive oil they give you to drizzle ontop?) but liked the whole eggplant thing.
I had pictured the EG to be more like Philly's Reading Terminal Market of years ago, kinda funky with counter seating and really tasty (if much more expensive and upscale at EG) food and friendly servers. (We used to go to the stand of a guy name Vivek, who made great stir-fried veggies and brown rice and havarti and sprouts on whole grain.)
Does it do much business? I still am dying to try Taste--that night it was too late for waiting for dinner. We were starved.
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