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A wornout hound lunch report from San Diego

Gypsy Jan | Nov 8, 200512:23 AM

This Baja gypsy has taken a job in San Diego (don’t ask – three hour commute).

2:00 pm, Monday afternoon, feeling worn out and tired from road wars, I was searching Convoy Street for some nourishment.

Izakayu Sakura is on my short list, from the Chowhound recs, so I went for it.

Turned into the minimall looking - Original Pancake House, huh? No. Open door on the south end of the minimall, wandered around and looked into Imperial Mandarin Garden’s empty banquet room with no business.

Checked out the no-name place on the west side – Ah Ha!

It was late in the afternoon, but the restaurant was still very active with parties of businessmen and ladies in twos and threes chatting in western and eastern languages.

Before ordering, I was given a complimentary bowl of edamame (steamed fresh soy beans in their pod).

My lunch was delivered on an elegant laquer tray, holding a large hot iron pot, seven inches in diameter, containing rice, uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon eggs), mushrooms (Portobello?), scrambled egg, and tofu. This was topped by a pile of green onions and black seaweed (nori?).

I wish that I had made note of the name of the dish. It was hot while I was hot, but we cooled down together. I was tired and stressed when I arrived, but when I sipped from it, I was restored.

Also as part of my lunch, included was a small cold salad of glass noodles with shredded cucumbers, carrots and gobo (looks like brown seaweed) in a pungent sesame dressing, and a same size salad of pickled vegetables (cabbage, carrots, gobo).

Check please! $8.50 before beverage, tax and tip.

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