How lovely to finish off such a food-filled week with my absolute favorite sushi spot downtown--Zen. I have mentioned them before, but they remain my favorite place to go for special occasions, or when a new friend comes to visit, or when I'm having a sushi craving (it happens often, and it hits hard). Their sushi is the freshest I've tasted and the rolls are so unique and fun. I know many friends tell me they prefer other sushi restaurants downtown, and while I've tried most of them and they are decent and offer some interesting rolls, something about Zen just tastes the best to me. I sing its praises to anyone who will listen and have made sushi-haters into sushi-lovers just by taking them here--still working on my boyfriend, though! I appreciated the Restaurant Week menu, because it gave me a chance to try an appetizer and dessert--usually I save my money to just get another roll or two.
|Quick lunch with Cory at Zen before work.|
How awesome is my necklace??
So my plan for Restaurant Week was to visit as many new restaurants as possible. Day 4 was slated to be Pizza Paradisio, but thanks to some scheduling issues my last restaurant had to be done as a Saturday lunch, and sadly Paradisio doesn't open until 4 on Saturdays. So instead, I decided to return to an old favorite yet again. This brings my "new" restaurants to 1 (Ibiza) and "old favorites" to 3. However, I'll be taking part in the Pioneer Valley Dishcrawl on the 25th, and hopefully at least one of the mystery spots will be somewhere I've never tried before!
Overall, Restaurant Week was an excellent success in my book, and well worth the $100 I'd budgeted for the occasion (plus a little for tips and drinks) and I got to at least try one new restaurant. Great food, great times with great friends. Too bad it only comes once a year!
For the rest of my Restaurant Week Adventures:
Day 1: Eastside Grill
Day 2: Mulino's Trattoria
Day 3: Ibiza Tapas
Day 4: Zen