Well, after the great experience we had at Bread et Cie yesterday morning, I was in a great mood and enthusiastic to try a couple more places. We decided to grab a drink and then head to Kazumi Sushi in Hillcrest, which the ladies have been wanting to try. My friend and I had both had negative experiences (mediocre food) at Parallel 33, but I like that little waiting room with the bar, and we thought that maybe stopping by for a couple appetizers and a drink would be a good way to give the place a second chance.
To drink we both chose white wines from their by-the-glass selection: I had a glass of Grenache Blanc and my friend had a Sauvignon Blanc. Both were worth the price ($8.50/glass). We followed this up with a bottle of Sancerre (wish I remembered the name), which was also fine.
To eat we ordered the the Gyoza and the Curried Calamari. We both enjoyed the Gyoza, which I believe had a hint of mint and came with some sort of slaw with vinaigrette. We were not impressed by the Curried Calamari. The curry was sweet, smooth and fantastic but the calamari had a mushy, soggy consistency. Overall, I might give Parallel 33 another chance but I won't be rushing back.
For dinner we went to Kazumi Sushi in Hillcrest. It was awful. The service was horrible and the place was just kind of run-down and shabby looking. I'd put the quality of the food on the same level with Sushi Deli (mediocre but edible). Unfortunately, the price doesn't match the quality, and the place is nowhere near as fun as Sushi Deli.