I don’t know what to say. This summer had just gone past so fast. This morning I was reminded that summer is coming to an end and this weekend is as good as it gets for the rest of it. So, for a change we decided to just go out to the park for lunch.
The boys had been hankering me to get the Matsuyama Party Platter which we did not manage to do all these while because they wanted an hour advance notice to prepare them. We called the moment they are opened (at 11AM) and placed our order. Guess what, they told me over the phone that they only needed 15-20 minutes. I guess it’s because it’s early enough that they did not need the 1 hour advance notice.
We had blogged about Matsuyama before here. This place had turned out to be our favourite sushi place in Richmond. By the time we got there as the appointed time to pick it up, it was all ready.
BTW, a question … you don’t leave a tip do you when you go pick up your food from the restaurant on your own, do you? And another question … if they deliver to your house, how much do you tip the deliverer? A percentage of the tab or a fixed amount.
They came packed nicely in a round plastic platter. For a moment, I thought they might even give it to us in a few separate Styrofoam containers like some sushi places do. I like this better because it looks nicer. The soya sauce was included in separate containers rather than sachets.
We brought it to the South Arm Park. On a nice day like this, this place is always packed with picnickers. We love this park more than anyone else in Richmond because it is well maintained, large and most important it is very shaded.
The boys were quite impatient to dig in but they know the protocol in the family … pictures first before they can touch the food. Sigh … such is the life of a food blogger. 🙂
This is a 54 piece platter. Although it works out to a lot of pieces shared between just the four of us, I know the boys will finish it all off. They will eat anything except for (1) anything that has cucumber in it, and (2) it is not contaminated by the wasabi. Anything that is 1/2 inch from the wasabi is pretty much left to Suanne and I to eat.
Suanne and I were not fans of wasabi ourselves. We always leave it untouched. However, we like the ginger, especially Suanne.
This above must be what they call the House Roll. It is quite big and filled with stuff like salmon, tuna, avacado, imitation crab meat, eggs, cucumber and salmon roe. Or at least I think that’s what it contains.
The California Roll is the favourite of the boys. It almost always contains only imitation crab meat, avocado and sometimes cucumber. This is not Japanese having been invented in Los Angeles where avocado is first used as an ingredient.
On the home front, we have the BC Roll. I don’t know the history behind the BC Roll but I reckon it must have been invented here in Vancouver. The unique ingredient here is the grilled salmon skin which gives it an oily taste. Could it have been invented by Vancouver’s Tojo?
The surf clam is quite unique in that we don’t see a lot of this in average sushi outlet.