I love going out to eat for lunch on Fridays with my friends because that’s when I’m the most relaxed. The realization that the weekend is just about to start has always made it my favorite day of the week. Last month I met my amazing friends Clayton and Char Ross at CJ Palace on Los Altos Parkway in Sparks, Nevada. This would also give me another opportunity to work on both my food review writing and food photography !
This was to be a casual “business” meeting as we would be discussing ways to enlist social media to eventually help draw traffic to my website. It is a nicely decorated place, but on the darker side from a lighting standpoint. Sushi Chefs Donny and Christen stay busy at the sushi bar serving the patrons there and with those in the dining room that have placed their orders.
Owner Kelly and waitress Yen were super polite, smiling and engaging in conversation with us. Clayton and Char have eaten there many times and were immediately recognized when they walked in. I looked over the menu briefly but I already had an idea of what I wanted.
I had a side salad with ranch dressing first.
The salad preceded my order of the Pork Chow Mein that was absolutely amazing. The noodles tasted homemade and the pork broth had the most soothing, soft taste. The onions and celery had a nice crunch and it executed perfectly with the juicy, tender pork bites.
Char ordered the mouthwatering Tiger Roll with shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, cooked shrimp, two special sauces and scallions. I had one of the sliced bites and it was out of this world good. It felt warm, silky smooth and almost had a melting sensation with the textures of the crab, avocado and shrimp. The sauces sent it over the top.
Speaking of mouthwatering, no not Clayton, but he also had sushi which was a Godzilla Roll with salmon, yellow tail tuna and avocado. It was lightly deep-fried with two special sauces. I also got to sample that, and I’m not sure which of the two rolls were better. The salmon and yellow tail went great with the avocado and the sauces were again out of sight.
Clayton had mentioned off and on several times that I had to try the Sesame Orange Chicken. He even asked Yen if someone ordered it if the cooks could set off a sampler for me to try. Well, I finally just told Yen myself that I wanted an order of it. It had crispy fried beef sautéed with orange peel and was sprinkled with sesame seeds over a bed of rice. It was very good and I had the leftovers the next day as I could not finish it.
Then Char and I cracked open our fortune cookies and there was some true irony considering why we had all gotten together for lunch. Here was Char’s message.
And here was mine !
I’m definitely looking forward to a return visit to CJ Palace. The next time I want to sit at the sushi bar. Say hi to Char and Clayton !