As a follow-up to my recently published piece in San Diego Magazine on Sushi Yaro’s Lunch Bento Box, I wanted to provide a little more thorough review of the lunch options offered.

I had heard of various lunch offerings at Sushi Yaro through their tweets. I had no idea the extent of the offerings until I arrived. I was surprised and excited to see so many options, and immediately regretted not bringing more people along so that I could explore the entire lunch menu.

In addition to the lunch menu and the dinner menu, there was a board posted with live sashimi specials.

We both love toro, so we ordered the live toro. Mmm..pretty toro.

I was also very curious about the rice plates which are only $3.99! So we ordered a bbq beef plate.

I recently purchased Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc At Home. To celebrate, I decided to try out his famous chocolate chip cookies.

Unfortunately, my book is taking  a lot longer to arrive than I anticipated. So no pictures yet of the pretty book, and I had to find the recipe online. I’ve been spoiled by Amazon Prime’s Two Day Shipping. But the book was a few dollars cheaper through a third party, so I ordered it through the third party thinking I could wait a few extra days. It’s been nearly two weeks and my book hasn’t arrived.

The recipe was a little fussy, calling for two types of chocolate, chopped into the size of chocolate chips. I don’t particularly like chopping chocolate since  so much of it gets crumbly and wasted.  I cheated slightly. I chopped up the 55% chocolate, but used chocolate chips for the 72% chocolate.

Nam An

Nam An is a small Vietnamese restaurant that recently opened up in the same plaza on Convoy Street that contains China Max and the original Spicy City.  A positive review from mmm-yoso regarding the bar food options, along with chatter on yelp that the restaurant makes its own rice noodles, had me quite curious about this new restaurant.

The first thing we noticed after entering was that there were no utensils at the table. Unlike most typical pho places that have a stack of spoons and chopsticks sitting in the middle of each table, here fresh and clean utensils are given to each customer after they order. No more having to wipe down sticky feeling spoons and chopsticks. Yay!

Once seated, we were presented with a menu that offered the typical pho, fried rice and noodle dishes. I had been afraid the prices would be marked up, but the pho bowls were all reasonably priced between $5-6 dollars.  One notable option on the menu was an offering of a chicken soup using free range chickens. No one ordered it on this outing, but I do want to try it sometime.
(I just realized that I only uploaded small versions of the menu. I’ll make sure to update this with larger photos to view for those who want to see the full menu.)
In addition to the regular menu, we were also presented with an appetizer menu with dishes that are not usually offered, such as a snail mango salad.

Based on the server’s recommendations, we ordered the mango snail salad and the rare steak marinated in lemon seasoning.

I liked the sweet and sour flavors in the mango snail salad. The pieces of snail were quite chewy, like eating squid.

I was surprised when the rare steak came out because the beef was definitely not rare. The meat wasn’t even the tiniest bit pink; it was completely cooked. The meat gets cooked by the acid lemon based sauce (at least that’s my understanding from watching episodes of Chopped), but I didn’t expect it to be cooked so thoroughly. I still really enjoyed the flavors of this dish, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.