Food Porn: Sea Bar (City)

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I’m still a n00b when it comes to being a foodie.  I still haven’t tried French, Indian, Ethiopian or anything that “crazy”.  Until tonight, Sushi was #1 on my list of “Foods that I need to try”.

Right next to the Washington Market, Sea Bar is a newer restaurant to the downtown Buffalo scene (opened its doors in July of 2008).  They have another location in Williamsville (near the Tony Walker Center), but for the most part the menu’s are the same (the website says there is slight differences in locations).  Luckily I brought our food expert Mike and my n00b foodie girlfriend Alli with me and we went all out.

Here is everything we ate:

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I’ve been dying to properly try Sapporo (silver) for a while, a couple months back I tried Sapporo Gold with Mike but was pretty disappointed.  Now, this isn’t a beer that is hard to find.  Aside from Consumers, most Buffalo-ians can find this at Wegman’s as well.  As far as taste, nothing really exotic or different from a good old beer.  Not as watery as those Coors or Labatt brands, but a good solid, refreshing beer.

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For appetizers we had the Sesame Noodles (pictured above), which was $5.  It was a good start but nothing really ground breaking, just good solid noodles.

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This appetizer, Edamame ($3) was picked by Mike, it turned out to be the surprise of the meal.  Really its just bean pods that are cooked alittle and then coated in salt.  The idea is that you suck out the beans and toss the shell.  It was an awesome snack, I could see this being great for just laying around and watching TV.

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Here is where it started to get interesting, we started to get into the raw fish zone.  The rolls on the left (darker seaweed) were the vegeterian rolls.  Basically some peppers, corn, rice and avocado.  Not my favorite but we wanted to make sure there was a “safe” option there.  The light yellow rolls are the Mango Crab, which were great.  The mango surprisingly complimented the crab meat wonderfully.

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This is where the Buffalo influence really took shape, what you’re looking at there is the Beef on Weck rolls.  Its raw beef, with rice and cooked roasted beef and on top was kosher salt, all served on a plate that had a horseradish dipping sauce.  Now, the idea of eating raw beef has never been appealing to me.  In fact, I gagged while watching Anthony Bourdain eat it during a recent episode of No Reservations, but damn.  It was amazing.  I basically ate the entire plate (except for 2 rolls eaten by Alli, Mike had to watch).

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Finally, what you’re looking at there is nigiri selection.  From top to bottom, we had Hamachi (yellow tail), Tuna, Marlin and along the right side of the plate was Crabsticks.  What surprised me the most about eating a good chunk of raw fish, was that they didn’t have that “fishy” taste.  The flavor in all 3 was relatively mild (except for the crab which was delicious, but by far the most potent flavor).

All in all, this was a great first sushi trip.  It’s a really cool location downtown, located right on Ellicott St (near Chippewa) and in a growing area of downtown.  I don’t think I’ve become a sushi fanatic now, and must agree with Mike’s assessment.  Sushi is great as an appetizer, but for a whole meal I don’t think I could do it.  There is something about it that doesn’t satisfy me and I enjoyed the flavors but didn’t love them.  However, I am still all about trying more locations and giving sushi acouple more chances.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: Sea Bar (City)

  1. Jillian

    I had sushi for my bday lunch today…I had crab w/ avocado and cream cheese and then the outside had tempura it was delish! I tried spicy tuna, not my cup of tea but I had a salad w/ some really good sesame dressing. I agree, I like it better almost as an appetizer than a main meal. Also, I like Asahi better than Sapporo. Next on my list is a sushi in the restaurant I went to that has almonds in it and caramel sauce on top mmmm.

  2. cgoody

    nothing like some good raw meat…

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