May 20, 2011

Sushi at Seven, Part II

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■■■■ 5/5 “Best Sushi in Bozeman”

We’ve been to Seven Sushi quite a few times, as the mere number of photos above can attest. It’s a bold (and I’m sure debatable) statement, but Seven has the best sushi in Bozeman. While this claim is certainly based on personal opinion, it is also backed by continuous experiences of friendly service, a modern and comfortable dining area, beautiful sushi presentation, fresh ingredients and out-of-this-world taste.

While I won’t go through all of the rolls shown in the photos, I will mention a few highlights. South by Southwest is a flash fried roll containing yellowtail and jalapeños. It’s not too spicy, but bursting with flavor. If you want something spicier, The Hammer is a good choice. It’s served with a spicy chili sauce and jalapeños on top. The Dancing Eel is another favorite: shrimp tempura with cream cheese topped with eel and avocado. It’s drizzled in a sweet-and-salty eel sauce. The Hosomaki provide simpler (and surprisingly just as tasty) thin rolls of fish and vegetable. Seven also provides a great deal of other options, including a must-try miso soup.

I could go on, but really, if you haven’t tried Seven Sushi yet, you should definitely check it out.

Reviewed by Eric Barnes

May 17, 2011

Sushi at Seven

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  4.6/5 “A great addition to Bozeman’s sushi offerings!”

Taste of Bozeman welcomes it’s second “official” sushi restaurant to town, Seven. We’ve told you about Dave’s Sushi before, but Seven has a much different feel to it, and a great selection of sushi.

Seven feels a bit classier than Dave’s Sushi, and offers a decent variety of options at standard Montana sushi prices. To test the waters, I ordered a simple nori roll and a specialty roll, the Ziggy Stardust.

While the nori roll was average (very average, actually), the specialty roll was over-the-top delicious. The Ziggy Stardust was coated in coconut flakes, lightly fried, and drizzled with a sweet soy sauce. It did not require soy sauce or wasabi, and was one of the best rolls I’ve eaten in Bozeman. Oh, and they also put cucumber slices in the ice water… just thought I would mention that :-)

Web site: http://www.7sushibozeman.com
Menu: http://7sushibozeman.com/menu.pdf

Reviewed by Craig Dugas.

Don’t forget, you can get sushi at a few other restaurants in town, such as Watanabe on West Main, I-Ho’s Korean Restaurant near the university or Louie’s Down Under on East Main Street.

 

May 9, 2011

Chicken Shish Tawook at the Chickpea Café

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■■■■□ 4.5/5 “It’s Mediterranean Soul Food”

A friend had this to say about Chickpea Café: “it’s Mediterranean soul food.” In particular, he had nothing but praises for the Chicken Shish Tawook. Having so highly recommended it, I was excited to try it for myself. The Chicken Shish Tawook Plate is marinated chicken sautéed with onions and green peppers, which comes with rice and a small chopped salad on the side for just under $10. (There is also a sandwich version, which I’m curious to try as well.)

The marinated chicken pieces were crisp and flavorful. I’m tempted to compare it to teriyaki, being both slightly sweet and salty, but the flavor is actually more complex. Although the menu doesn’t divulge the marinade’s exact ingredients, it is typically made of yogurt, tomato purée, garlic and a variety of spices. Combine that with the onions and green peppers, and you have delectable awesomeness.

The meat was complimented nicely by the “timmen and kishmish”—rice and onion/raisin toppings as well as the chopped salad made of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes drenched in a vinegar-based dressing.

The meal is a little heavy for lunch, but would make for a great dinner.

As an aside, their hummus is also very good. I’ll be back for more Mediterranean soul food soon.

Reviewed by Eric Barnes