Archive for April, 2011

Tortas Frontera-Revisit #1

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Tortas Frontera – Revisit Review

Monday morning found me in Chicago O’Hare again, so I decided to try one of the breakfast tortas from Tortas Frontera. I decided on the Eggs and Rajas griddle sandwich. This comes with scrambled eggs, Poblanos rajas, Chihuahua & queso Cotija cheeses, avocado slices & a small container of their tomatillo salsa.

Like my previous visit, prep time for the sandwich does not make this a ‘grab and go’ option for time-pressed travelers. The cashier again warned me about this when I placed my order, although my husband said that he wasn’t told this when he stopped by one evening several weeks ago. It took a little longer for me to get my sandwich due to the small influx of morning noshers that placed their orders ahead of me.

Overall, the sandwich was good, but my one disappointment was that the ingredients were placed on plain bread slices – there was no nice smear of black bean, crema or mustard, which would have given the sandwich that extra ‘oomph’. And because the kitchen has a large backorder of tickets, my sandwich didn’t sit under the griddle as long as it had before – it was crunchy, but didn’t have the nice slight char and crispy crunch that my previous sandwich had exhibited. I can see why the eggs and bacon breakfast sandwich got rave reviews – that extra bacon flavor layer would have definitely helped.

So I think I’m going to have to make sure that I stop here during slower times to get a sandwich which is going to live up to my expectations ….

Nikko Japanese Restaurant

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Nikko Japanese Restaurant
881 Route 10 East
Whippany, NJ  07981

Good Food : 4.5/5 | Good Service : 4.5/5

A return visit to New Jersey meant a stop at a local sushi place that one of my co-workers discovered. Nikko Japanese Restaurant is a local restaurant that has been serving sushi and traditional Japanese dishes for the past 20 years. The Whippany, NJ location is tucked behind some landscaping on Route 10, and it easy to miss if you’re not on the lookout. The restaurant space is broken up into three areas – the small sushi bar area which is right near the front entrance, the main dining area and a traditional tatami mat room.

Nikko serves mostly sushi, but also offers non-sushi dishes like terayaki, chawan mushi, udon/soba, nabe, agemono and tempura. I usually end up ordering off their sushi menu, ordering nigiri and various sushi rolls. Nikko has allowed me to satisfy my sushi cravings without having to subject my husband to an evening of raw fish ;)

Nikko-Mango-Salsa_Salmon

Mango Salmon salsa with tofu wrap roll (avocado, imitation crab, salmon, tobiko/flying fish roe)

Service has always been efficient and can sometimes be interpreted as curt if you have the older Asian waitress, whose goal is to make sure that your tea cup is always filled, even when you don’t need it. But besides this quirk, my co-workers and I have never had any issues in table service or attentiveness.

The main dining space fills up fairly quickly after 6:30pm, so if you run into a long wait, you can always do a takeout order.