Salmon saga

In some parts of our great nation, a traditional Independence Day meal is salmon served with (English) peas and new (Irish) potatoes, followed by a dessert of wild strawberries on split baking-powder biscuits, topped with a bit of whipped cream. At this time of year, anyhow, salmon seems appealing at a hot-weather entree. The salmon chronicles already took us to Louie’s 106.

Yesterday, salmon was delightful at the Mimosa Cafe on Barton. This is another place that serves food through the afternoon continuously from opening time. Three booths were filled with diners at mid-afternoon yesterday, and two people were being attended at the sushi bar. At Mimosa, the salmon portion is generous and piping hot. The preliminaries are a bowl of miso and the house chilled iceberg-lettuce salad garnished with red cabbage, carrots, and the mysterious but habit-forming dressing that seems to contain grated fresh ginger. With the salmon comes a medley of vegetables that is neither here nor there, along with steamed rice. The co-diner consumed a giant bowl of seafood soup that would have served seven. Among the treasures in it were some white fish, some salmon, some clams, some scallops, some squid, some shrimp, and who knows what else, plus mushrooms, tofu, and other nourishing solids.

The salmon-related plans for today included a visit to Sushi Sake. Mimosa and Sushi Sake are places enjoyed by our friend who taught English in Taipei and in Tokyo. But Sushi Sake was not to open until five o’clock.

So it was on to the Fire Bowl Cafe, which was closer to the movies at the Arbor anyhow. The salmon comes atop a giant bowl of soba (buckwheat) noodles, along with bright-green but not entirely cooked broccoli florets. The salmon portion tended toward the gigantic and was piping hot. It was bathed in teriyaki sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. This place is popular, probably for the decent price and huge portions. Few were the tables at which no food was packaged to be taken home.

Surely salmon still awaits at Sushi Sake, on a more auspicious day.

1 Comment so far

  1. ttrentham (unregistered) on July 5th, 2005 @ 9:44 am

    Firebowl is close to work. I almost always order the Salmon Soba Noodle bowl. Good stuff. I recommend adding some of the chili sauce (the stuff in the jar, not the Rooster Sauce) to give it a kick.

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