Ogawashi Part 1

Ogawashi is a sushi restaurant that opened in downtown San Diego a few months ago. Normally I don’t pay much attention to ones that open in downtown as they tend to be overpriced, loud and primarily offer sushi roll driven menus.

Ogawashi mainly caught my attention because Roddy of Rodzilla Reviews was helping promote the restaurant and I trust his taste in sushi. In addition to offering many rolls, featuring handcrafted cocktails, Ogawashi also has a sushi bar which offers omakase meals.

My first visit was a quick lunch visit with CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High so that we could exchange some holiday presents. Like many places in downtown, Ogawashi offers a special lunch menu as well as a 10% discount on all rolls during lunch.

While Ogawashi is located in downtown, it’s a little bit outside of the busiest section and almost seems out of place with the surrounding convenience and clothing stores. I actually walked right past it at first even though once I spotted it, I’m not sure how I missed it with its large sign and absolutely humongous door. Inside, there is a general seating area, a bar dedicated to drinks, a sushi bar, and an upstairs reserved for private parties. The general dining area is also equipped with purple fluorescent lights which really messed with my photos but people seem to like them.

After much perusing, CC and I decided to split two rolls and share an appetizer.

Seaweed Salad

I love eating Japanese seaweed salad even though it does seem to glow green. This was a good amount for the price.

Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice Roll

I spotted the crispy rice roll on the menu and immediately wanted to order it. Small chunks of rice are deep fried, creating a crunchy exterior, and a compact, dense and chewy interior. The rice is then topped with whatever topping chosen, in this case, spicy tuna. I’ve had these crispy rice rolls before and always want to order it. DH has never enjoyed it, but CC really liked it, so I’m glad I could share it with someone who likes this.

It reminds me a lot of the fried rice I used to eat as a kid and love, which is cooked in a manner so that some of the rice is left to cook a little longer than necessary on the bottom of the pan, letting the rice crisp up and become crunchy and chewy. It’s a similar effect with Japanese kettle cooked rice or the Korean stone pot cooked rice (bibimbap).

Funfetti Brownies

Ever since I started making cakes from scratch, I don’t really enjoy cake mix based cakes as much. But I do love using cake mix for other purposes like cookies. I’m always interested in discovering new uses for cake mix and recently was able to make some brownies using cake mix. Of course I had to use my brownie edge pan.

I was hoping the warm sunny weather we were experiencing would be here to stay. But of course it didn’t last. The last few rainy days had me craving warm soups and noodles.

So we found ourselves at E & Drink. This place always seems to have a good crowd whenever we stop by, more so than the other food spots located inside Ranch 99.

They are always adding new desserts to the menu such as shaved ice, red bean soup, egg waffles, etc, but the base hot pot menu remains the same.

Seafood Hot Pot

Out of all the hot pots, my favorite is probably the seafood one. There are a good amount of vegetables and seafood. The broth itself has a mild seafood taste to it as well.

Lamb Hot Pot

I actually hadn’t tried this one before and my brother opted to be the guinea pig. We weren’t really a fan of this one as it was very heavy on the sour pickled vegetables and that’s all I could taste in the broth as well.