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EDO II (Japanese/Korean) in Danbury, CT

saturngrrl | Jan 24, 201105:18 AM    

It's been open about a month now and we finally got over there to give it a try for a late lunch on Saturday. I was quite pleased with our experience and with the food, but not exactly blown away - not that I was expecting to be. They serve Sushi/Japanese and Korean dishes. Not a hugely extensive menu, but the basics, plus some innovative-sounding sushi rolls that I want to go back to try. I thought the prices were a tad high, compared to other local sushi places we frequent (J. Fuji in Bethel, Osaka in Brookfield, Ichiro in Danbury and Yokohama in New Milford).

It's a tiny little place, with two booths on one side, about half a dozen additional tables and a small sushi bar that might seat five or six max. I can't remember. Our server was young and very sweet, but a bit soft-spoken and hard to understand with her thick accent.

We stuck to the Korean side of the menu. I ordered the bibimbap in a sizzling stone bowl (dolsot?) and my SO ordered the bulgogi. We were both very happy with our food. His was a HUGE portion of deliciously seasoned and tender meat with tasty sauce (I spooned a little over my rice) and onions. Mine was also a pretty large portion of rice, with less-large portions of meat and veggies. And they didn't do the usual whole egg on top, which was slightly disappointing. Instead, it was a sliced up pre-cooked egg, so no runny yolk, and not very much of it. The so-called "spicy" sauce served on the side was not THAT spicy, but did add a nice peppery flavor to the dish. That stone bowl (which I believe was actually metal!) definitely kept the food super hot for a very long time. I had to be careful!

They were a little light on the banchan. We got kimchi, marinated cucumbers and something else that was unidentifiable but tasty, perhaps some sort of sliced fishcake or tofu? I'm used to more variety/quantity of that stuff, but it's not like I left there hungry or unsatisfied, plus the SO doesn't touch any of it, so I get it all to myself! :-) I also found it odd that the server mixed my bebimbap up for me at the table. I kind of like to let it sizzle for a bit to crunchify the rice more... and THEN stir it together. Oh well. I still enjoyed it very much.

I'm sure we will go back again to try the sushi and/or udon, etc., although it's going to be tough for me to stay away from the bibimbap. I don't think I can get that anywhere else in the area... and I really like it.

I'd love to know if any other hounds have tried this place and what you thought of it. They don't seem to have a website, but the address and phone number are easy enough to find via Google. It's on Padanaram Road just past Elmer's Diner and the now-defunct Izumi (which I never tried before it closed!).

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