I stopped for lunch at Japango in Boca Raton. I was mildly aware of this strip mall restaurant which has been around for a while, but I’d never ventured in.
I wanted something light. I thought sushi would be perfect. It was, but in a way I never expected.
This was the meal that never ended!
The term Chirashi* was new to me, but it sounded interesting: a variety of fish on sushi rice. It was a lunch special for $11.95.
I expected a few pieces of sashimi grade fish on a small bed of sushi rice because (a) it was lunch time, (b) it also included a choice of miso soup or salad with ginger dressing and (c) it only cost $11.95. When the salad arrived heaped on a large dinner plate, it should have been my first inkling of what was to come.
A large plate of sushi rice covered with massago and featuring at least 6 varieties of fish, seaweed salad, and vegetables. This could have easily fed 4 people!
I ate more than I thought I could.
More than I should.
The waitress suggested I take it home.
I was a little leery. Raw fish should be eaten fresh.
Fish and avocado on escarole dressed with sesame oil and rice vinegar; topping sour cream, sriracha,chopped cucumber + scallion, mild jalapeno, chow mein noodles.
I can’t believe I had 3 delicious meals for $11.95 and I’m anxious to go back to Japanego and try something else, but right now …
I am so ready for the turkey!!
*I’ve since learned that ‘chirashi’ means scattered, ergo the variety of fish “scattered” as only the Japanese could do with precision and style.