Category Archives: Bargain Bites

Abri Tonkatsu Sandwich- Paris

Abri’s Tonkatsu sandwich is a satisfying, comforting weekend lunch option for those seeking a Japanese style, Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet) sandwich with a slight French touch. For only 13 Euros, Abri serves this sandwich exclusively and this sandwich only on Saturdays during lunchtime with a choice of beverage and their complimentary petite dessert at the end. They have a nice selection of organic beverages including a sparkling lemonade which I ordered and very much enjoyed. The vibe is casual, friendly and comfortable for English speakers and Abri is also conveniently located extremely close to the Poisonnière Metro station. Just take exit 1, turn right up the stairs, walk up the street and it’s a minute away on the right side. When you see the blue framed glass entrance, you’ll know you’ve arrived.

Abri’s exterior with its bright blue framed entrance

I’m about to devour this sandwich. And although I’m in France, still not going to use a knife and fork for this one since it’s way more satisfying to taste all the flavors merged together in one big bite.

Perfectly toasted white bread sans crust filled with a meaty portion of pork katsu with cheese, kewpie mayo, mustard, omelette egg and cabbage.

Don’t you just love the way the sauce drips down the sandwich…

A light and spongy piece of Madeleine is served after the sandwich 

Abri’s Interior Space

Poissonière Metro station is only a minute walk away

ABRI 

92 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
75010 Paris, France
+33 1 83 97 00 00

*SANDWICH SERVED ONLY ON SATURDAYS FROM 12:00P.M.- 15:00 P.M.

 

Ricky’s Fish Tacos – Los Angeles 

Whenever I’m in Los Angeles, a visit to Ricky’s Fish Tacos for some Baja style fish and shrimp tacos is a must. I first discovered Ricky’s back in 2009 before he even had his food truck. He used to set up shop in a humble parking lot in the Silverlake area and there’d be a guaranteed line every visit.

There’s limited seating on the colorful, plastic furniture, but on warm days, which L.A. certainly is blessed to have a lot of, you can bring a towel or blanket and have an Ensenada style picnic on the neighboring grass.

I always order two Ricky’s Specials which have a combination of fish and shrimp. Don’t forget to add Ricky’s special salsas and crema to your tacos for that extra flavor and kick.

Not only are his tacos mouthwatering delicious, but they are also a great bargain. He also has fresh aqua frescas available and on my last visit, I tried the sweet and tangy hibiscus flavor.

RICKYS FISH TACOS 

3201 Riverside Dr. L.A.90027

Hours: 11am-4pm Wednesday- Sunday

For updates on hours and whereabouts, follow Ricky on Twitter @RickysFishTacos

Maguro Brothers Hawaii – Poke and Sashimi in Honolulu’s Chinatown

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The first time I spotted a photo from Maguro Brothers on my Instagram scroll, I knew I had to visit. So fast forward a month later when I was on Oahu visiting family, I quickly put the address in Google maps and headed there for a late lunch. They close at 3:00 p.m. and it was already 2:15 p.m. by the time I was heading over, so was already off to a bit of a late start. As the GPS boldly announced that I arrived at my destination, I parked the car in Honolulu’s Chinatown, stepped out of the car, and then looked all around. I couldn’t find it. Where was it? It was now approaching 2:40 p.m. and I started to slightly panic. I set my mind and appetite on that unfiltered tempting poke visual for lunch and now there was a chance I was not even going to find this place. Ugh, a literal hidden gem, I thought.

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Finally after pulling up a set of detailed directions on the web, I found myself in front of the Kekaulike Marketplace – Maguro Brother’s stand is located inside towards the center, back.

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As I entered, I let out a huge sigh of relief as I saw a clear ocean blue Maguro Brothers sign and approached a counter with giant slabs of fresh ahi tuna and hamachi (yellowtail) in a refrigerated glass case. There were also several made-to-order types of poke varieties listed on the menu to choose from. Now my only problem was going to be deciding what to order. It all looked and sounded inviting. I wanted to order everything.

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Mauro Brothers Junichiro and Ryojiro Tsuchiya

Brothers Junichiro and Ryojiro Tsuchiya originally from Kawasaki, Japan were both behind the counter running their team operation with one taking customer’s orders while the other was preparing the plates. In the tight, adjoining space were several small wooden tables for guests to sit down and enjoy their lunch. And although a modest environment, what came out of the kitchen is far from ordinary. Vibrant sashimi and poke on beds of rice, and cooked items such as grilled ahi belly and togarashi peppered ahi steak graced the tables. Customers looked happy and were digging gleefully into their lunches.

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If you want to truly taste the beauty of what comes out of the local Hawaiian waters, first go for the raw and if you have more room, order the hot dishes. Just don’t take the chance like I did and go near closing time. It’s a hidden gem you surely won’t want to miss and as Honolulu’s Chinatown becomes more and more popular and gentrified, parking is a bit tougher and you want to arrive there early to grab some of the daily specials. On a recent follow-up visit, I added the fresh-caught uni (sea urchin) to my plate and natto (fermented soy beans) as well. The prices at Maguro Brothers are extremely affordable with the high-quality poke, donburi, and cooked items all priced below $11 before add ons. See chalkboard menu below and enjoy! Oh, and please say Aloha to a glorious Hawaiian sunset for me.

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This article, Maguro Brothers – Poke and Sashimi Lunch in Honolulu, Hawaii, originally appeared on Chowhound.

Maguro Brothers Hawaii

Address: 1039 Kekaulike Street at Kekaulike Market (stall #113) Chinatown, Honolulu, Hawaii

Phone: 808-259-6901

Hours: 

Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Gyoza Bar – Paris, France

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They focus on one thing and they do it well. Gyoza.

At Gyoza Bar, you’ll find the style of gyoza called yaki gyoza which are pan fried Japanese dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables. Gyoza Bar gets its ground pork from star butcher Hugo Desnoyer. The exterior bottoms are slightly crispy and chewy while the interior is very hot and juicy, so be careful when taking your first bite. You may want to initially chew off a small bit at the edge and let some of the heat out so you don’t burn your tongue.

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Gyoza Bar’s menu offers a choice of either eight or twelve pieces of Gyoza with a few additional menu items including rice, edamame, nitamago (flavored boiled egg) and soy. They also had two desserts which at the time I visited were from Passage 53 and Patisserie Ciel.

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And speaking of Passage 53, Gyoza Bar was opened by Guillaume Guedj and Chef Shinichi Sato of the Two Michelin-starred restaurant which also happens to just be a few steps down the passage.

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Gyoza Bar 

Address: 56 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, France

Phone: +33 1 44 82 00 62

Website: GyozaBar.com

Baja Style Tacos in Chinatown at Ricky’s Fish Tacos – Los Angeles

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No visit to LA is complete without a weekend stop at Ricky’s Fish Tacos. In the last two months, he has moved from his Hollywood/Silverlake location to a new home in a parking lot in LA’s Chinatown.

Tip: If you can’t decide between shrimp or fish, order the combo! I always order two-three shrimp and fish combo tacos with a homemade agua fresca of the day.

 

The Crème Brûlée Cart, Truck and Shop – San Francisco

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First there was the Creme Brulee Cart, then the truck and now the permanent shop is open at 1246 Folsom Street.  Lucky for us San Franciscans and visitors to this incredible culinary city, we have it insanely good. I mean, when your street food consists of an elegant, rich, custard cream dessert which is most often found on the menus of fine dining restaurants around the world, you got to admit, we are a bit spoiled here. A blow torch is used to caramelize and burn the sugar layer on top. The contrast is pleasing. It's like cracking in to a sweet treasure where all the parts are edible and equally good.

Flavors include classic vanilla, nutella with strawberry bits, mocha, double chocolate, and several more surprises including the always popular lavender-infused creme brulee.

See (and taste) for yourself what the Creme Brulee craze is all about. Oh, and one more thing. If you are a Crème brûlée or French-speaking novice, not to worry. It is pronounced "Krem Broolay" and not Cream Brooleeeeee.

The Creme Brulee Shop
1246 Folsom St. 

Tues. – Thurs. – 12-8pm 
Fri. & Sat. – 12-10pm 
Sun. – 12-6pm

The Creme Brulee Cart
Market @ Sansome

Mon. – 12:30-7pm
Tue. – Fri. – 12-8pm
Sat. – 12:30-7pm
Sun. – 12-5pm 

the creme brulee truck
Market @ Castro

Tues. – Thurs. – 5-11pm
Fri. – Sat. – 12pm-2:30am
Sun.- 12-11pm

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