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Dining Anniversary
August 3, 2016


Last week, my boyfriend and I had our anniversary dinner at Ootoro. Ootoro is a high-end sushi restaurant with a handful of finely crafted dishes to choose from. You get a little taste of heaven in every bite whether you’re eating an appetizer or main course. I am thankful for being able to share this special experience with my boyfriend 💕.

This was my 3rd time dining at this restaurant. The atmosphere, service, and food are still on point! Here, you savor the quality of the food rather than the quantity. Moving on to the delicious goods we ordered…

  • Live Sweet Shrimp (Amaebi)
    This is probably one of the biggest amaebi I’ve eaten. The “meat” is crunchy and feels really fresh! Later on, the waiter takes the shrimp head and ask if you want it to be served in miso soup or fried up with tempura batter. I picked the fried option to feed my curiosity.
  • Mango Uni
    For $8 per spoon of mango uni, I definitely recommend trying it out at least once. It may seem like a weird concept to mix seafood with fresh fruit at the same time, but the mango and uni compliments each other really well. What is this sorcery?!
  • Ruby Snapper Nigiri (Akamutsu)
    My boyfriend picked this out. The seared akamutsu smelled so good! The tasty goodness explodes in your mouth and you really savor every second of it! Many nigiri such as this is priced at around $18 per pair (the richer the cut, the more expensive it is). In our opinion, it’s worth the price because we don’t normally see the types of fishes here being served in other sushi restaurants.
  • Premium Chirashi Bowl [Mine] // Mix Sashimi with Uni & Eeel Bowl [His]
    You get a variety of rich, thick cuts of fish that melts in your mouth. My boyfriend and I ordered the bowl every time we dined here and have no regrets (for $39 per bowl)! The premium chirashi bowl feature pieces of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, kampachi, and toro. A personal bonus is the piece of uni and amaebi on the side. My boyfriend’s order is practically the same as mine, but the amaebi is swapped with unagi instead.

This pretty much wraps up our dining experience at Ootoro! At this point, we might as well call this our “special occasion” restaurant. Would we rather to go to the Cove Bar at Disney 4 times or here once 😹 We got really full after eating all of this and can’t wait to come back… Next year!





15 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ August 4, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Ooooh! I’d not eat any of that, but I have to say they do look delicious! Pricey, too, but they’re so worth it for special occasions! Considering you’ve been there three times now, I’m glad your experiences haven’t downgraded! 😀

    Your food photography skills are great, Nancy. Love the angles and the composition :3

  2. Christine ☆ August 4, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Wow! The presentation of all of the goodies gorgeous. They really don’t mess around, huh? I love when a restaurant is on point with food AND serving. I think that makes the whole experience.

  3. Tiff K ☆ August 4, 2016 at 8:07 am

    OH GOSH THAT LOOKS WONDERFUL! Definitely a foodie’s paradise. I must try if ever I get to your city! I am a sucker for Japanese dishes and man, Ootoro. That is my fave sushi <3

  4. Chynna ☆ August 5, 2016 at 2:07 am

    I can’t help but Ootoro with an accent. Ahem.

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU GUYS!!~

    I really wish I could eat seafood, but as I’ve mentioned before I can only eat prawns. I just want to be able to enjoy a sushi restaurant to the full extent at least ONCE without breaking into hives. pAHAHA.

    You know I would rather go to Cove Bar 4 times XD

    The food looks so good and i love the presentation. The colours are so pretty :3 That head, though.

  5. Rezina ☆ August 5, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I love all the food adventures that you post! It always makes me hungry. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a fancy sushi restaurant before but it’s always nice to be able to treat yourself on special occasions 😀

  6. Amy ☆ August 6, 2016 at 10:31 am

    The food all looks lovely! I think it’s nice to have a change once in a while, even if it is more expensive. It’s definitely worth it for a special occasion!

    Happy anniversary!

  7. Ella ☆ August 6, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you both! Oh wow! The food looks so good. We have a similar restaurant here in town but not as sophisticated as what you have shared. What a wonderful food experience! 🙂

  8. Pauline ☆ August 7, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Happy anniversary to you both again 😀 I hope you had a great time eating all the delicious food there was available 😉

    This restaurant actually reminds me a lot of a restaurant in London I went to – Sushi Samba, it sounds like they have similar menus and definitely similar prices. Very high end – but hey, it’s worth it! 😀

  9. Raisa ☆ August 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I should not have looked at this post at midnight. I wanna try all of these, especially the mango uni! That does sound mighty tasty. 😀

    Happy anniversary to you two again!

  10. Holly ☆ August 9, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Congrats on your anniversary! The food looks incredible. It’s always nice to go somewhere fancy to celebrate something as significant as an anniversary.

    I don’t think Tyrone and I have a “special occasions” restaurant, but we definitely have a “we want cheap and cheerful tonight” restaurant!!

  11. Georgie ☆ August 10, 2016 at 4:51 am

    I love sashimi OMGGGGGG this sounds like a literal dream. I am so happy for you that you got such an amazing experience! Sometimes expensive food is totally worth it. Especially when it 1) tastes friggin amazing and 2) is presented well. You can’t go wrong with expensive Japanese, haha.

    I have had mango sushi before. It does seem odd at first but the flavour combinations are great. I’ve had quite a few meals where the mix of sweet/sour or other foods sounded strange on paper, but worked so well together. One of my fondest memories was of a sesame-seed-infested trout meal which had sweet watermelon pieces and some spicy sauce. It was amazing.

    • Nancy ☆ August 13, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      I need to try out something similar to that trout and watermelon dish! The new age in modern main course dining: mixing fruit with cooked meals. XD

  12. Becca ☆ August 10, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Happy anniversary!! It’s always great to go out and celebrate somewhere extra special, and it looks like you guys have found “your” place for that. 🙂 We normally don’t do real fancy restaurants either, but it makes it so much fun to splurge a bit when you’re celebrating.

    Everything looks so pretty! I like that they took the shrimp head and used it in a later dish. Way to use all the parts!

  13. Jessica ☆ August 10, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Happy Anniversary! All of the food looks delicious…edit, except for the Live Sweet Shrimp (Amaebi) – have a thing about seeing a face when I eat. 🙂

    • Nancy ☆ August 13, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      A handful of friends are pretty much the same XD. They got freaked out when they saw a shrimp’s face in a Mexican cocktail appetizer. No worries!

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