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El's Japanese Fusion, Marda Loop (Cgy)


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El's Japanese Fusion, Marda Loop (Cgy)

John Manzo | Apr 12, 2009 11:53 AM

I took the opportunity with yesterday's glorious weather to walk to CFM and on the way home had lunch (yes on a Saturday) at El's Japanese Fusion in Marda Loop- this is in the space next to Belmont Diner that was once Pharaoh's. The reason I went is that, although it's never blown me away, it had been many months since my last visit and I'd been noticing a flurry of almost over-the-top glowing reviews at places like yelp and (which has a very big dining forum). I just got two rolls- one was avocado and the other "spicy tataki maki" which is sort of like globefish's crazy buster but the seared tuna is outside and raw inside- opposite of the crazy buster. I'm not sure if I'd give my food as salivating a review as I've read but I must say that both were excellent. The avocado maki has avocado inside and outside so in one roll you get, basically, an entire avocado. The spicy tuna was great- spicy sauce is a tad sweet and seems to have that Korean chili condiment that they also use at Uptown, but as with the avocado, the this is the value here: there is a LOT of tuna in this roll.

The two rolls came to about $16 and were very filling. Not a bad deal at all. Rice is pretty much perfect too, so I'll try El's more often.

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