I saw an ad for Izumi in You Maga magazine, and I had lunch at Izumi today.
The restaurant was very busy, and most of the customers were ordering the lunch special.
I had the Nabeyaki Udon. The broth was amazingly delicious.
A Japanese lady came to speak with me, inquiring if I was from Japan. I think she must be the owner. I suspect that was because I spoke to the waitress in Japanese a few times.
Found out from the lady that she makes her dashi with Konbu and Katsuo.
So that's why the Udon soup was so delicious. She told me her miso dashi is also wth Konbu. She spoke very proudly of her dashi, as well she should. If you can make a good dashi, it is a sign of great skill.
I will revisit again and actually sit at the sushi bar.
Walked around the shopping center and saw the Brazileceria (sp?).
How cool is that place? I chatted with the gentelman at the counter and he explained the various meat pies and pastries in the counter. He looked scary, when I walked in but when I started talking to him, he was wonderful. There was a buffet , set up in chafing dishes, $5.60 per lb.
He told me that the ladies in the kitchen make something different everyday. All the customers were men, who were speaking Spanish or maybe Portuguese.
I bought Pao de Quejio de Maria...chees puffs by Maria, made in Seattle. I baked them per instructions, but the pastry never browned, and so I overcooked them, and they are a bit hard now.
Also bought Yuca Fries. Nothing special, but I loved fried yuca. I guess i could have bought fresh Yucca and sliced them myself.
Who would have thought in Totem Lake Shopping Center? This area is chock full of surprises and I'm loving it!