Ryoko’s Japanese Restaurant and Bar


I had a couple of beers at my house, then I went to the Edinburgh Castle and had a couple more.  By the time I descended into the cave-like Ryoko’s, I was a little tipsy for sure.  We ordered food, I’m not sure what exactly, some sushi rolls and nigiri, and more beer.  We had some miso soup,

drank more beer,

then sushi was brought out. 

I’m pretty sure I ate one piece before I got wrapped up in talking with my friends and drinking more beer and taking photos.  When I finally tired of the sound of my own voice and went back for another piece of sushi, it was all gone.  I’m not really sure how I got so distracted that I neglected to eat. 

I needed to get something in my stomach, and Sarah was still peckish as well, so we ordered bowls of rice and they were quite satisfying with a little soy sauce.  Then we all enjoyed some strawberry and green tea mochi before exiting into the night. 

Am I upset I mostly missed out on the food at Ryoko’s?  Eh, not really.  I feel like I got the main thing they’re pushing there, which is the atmosphere.  I think I did it just right, and had a great time. 

Ryoko’s Japanese Restaurant and Bar

619 Taylor


Golden Kim Tar

I’m realizing as I start to put this post together that I completely dropped the ball on making any fanfare about this blog’s one year anniversary.  Which, it seems, is a thing people like to do;  throw a little birthday party for their blog.  Of course, it’s not REALLY for the blog.  Blogs are not sentient beings, they cannot appreciate a celebration in their honor.   It’s a pat on the back from the blogger to themself.  Which, you know, is very attractive.  So, congratulations blog, you are one year and about 2 months old today.  Let’s celebrate with a completely boring post about Chinese takeout.

Yep, it doesn’t get a lot more boring than this.  Steve and I ordering via Grubhub from Golden Kim Tar.  Probably sitting in our jimmie jams watching Law and Order SVU eating this insipid food.  Hot and sour soup

cashew broccoli chicken

and vegetables with tofu

were all fine, just sort of bland.  And oddly sweet.  The only thing that wasn’t sweet were the potstickers

which were plump and soft and savory.  Those and the soup were the standouts from this meal.  Though, everything seemed to be made with nice, fresh ingredients and they offered a good variety of veggies that were well cooked; still a bit crisp but not too raw.

I was apprehensive about Golden Kim Tar because it’s a nondescript Chinese place, the city is full of them and they can be great, but they can also be really really bad.  I’ve been burned before.  Golden Kim Tar has surprisingly good Yelp reviews, so I knew things could go either way.  In the end, it was ok.  Not regrettable, but not life changing either.  Still, all the five and four star reviews on Yelp have me curious to try it again.  Noodle soups seem to be a specialty of the house, and that certainly hits me right where I live.  However, if I do try Golden Kim Tar again, I think I’ll eat in, in an attempt to liven things up a bit.  Go for the gusto, right?

Golden Kim Tar

434 Larkin St