Our guilty indulgence

You all know the girls and I love Japanese food. On a whim, we decided to do lunch at Mizu yesterday. It’s tucked away in some obscure corner of a nearby suburb, way off the beaten path. We didn’t even know the place existed.

Strangely there was no starving early bird of a Sunday crowd that we’ve come to associate with buffets, which was good. Up flights of tiny narrow staircases and we were in a cozy (read: small) place with a rather limited spread.

Skye and I were giving each other the puzzled look – this is it? 🙄 Apparently there’s a menu checklist that you can check off items that are not on the spread and those will be served to you. Let’s just say that if I have to order off a menu, it’s not a buffet in the real sense of the word now, is it?

We weren’t particularly thrilled about that. We like to walk up and down, survey the spread and discuss what’s good to try or discreetly hoard the stuff we love. I mean, that’s half the fun of a buffet right there. You sit down, take a few bites, chat a bit and then you’re ready to go grab something else to try.

Salmon sashimi is my favorite-st that kept me going back for seconds, thirds and fourths! The slimy raw oysters weren’t for me, eww!

Pregnant fish. No way my girls and I would touch this. As a mom, I definitely couldn’t stomach a pregnant anything! It would just be wrong.

Teppanyaki salmon and scallops from the list. Loved this and the mackerel which I chomped down before I remembered to take a picture.

Chawan mushi which my girls love. I just like the pink spiral.

4 types of ice cream from the list. The cement-colored one in the foreground is a roasted peanut flavor. Pretty good, that!

So yeah, we love the idea of buffets (if only it weren’t so anti-waistline). But they’re so not worth it for us because we’re picky and not particularly big eaters. I know of folks who starve themselves ahead of time so they can binge and make it worth their money. If we did that, we’d only end up with tummy aches and not be able to eat much either. Either way we lose. So forget about it!

Still we ate a lot, by our standards. I think the word ‘buffet’ has a way of taking your brain down the dangerous path of telling your tummy that it’s got way more room than it really does 😯 . When we got up to leave, I swear I could hear the floor boards creak under our weight. In case you’re wondering, yes, we ended up skipping dinner altogether.

So when was the last time you had Japanese? Anything you wouldn’t touch? Any favorites you can’t resist? Any interesting buffet stories? I’m all ears!

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  • Judy

    I am not a huge fan of fish in general and don’t think I will be stopping anywhere like that anytime soon, but glad to see you enjoyed some of the food…though the ice cream looks interesting!

    I love buffets because they usually have at least some kid friendly food for my boys to enjoy while my husband and I can be more adventurous 🙂

  • Kortney

    I’m following back from the Super Stalker Sunday Hop! Thanks for linking up!

    Be sure to come join us again next weekend!


  • Alex

    I go to a Japanese sushi place all the time…but that’s all I eat there: sushi. And root beer 😀 Both of which I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF!! (lol) I keep hearing that California Rolls are good but I’ve only ever eaten veggie sushi…

    Great post! I don’t think I could eat the pregnant fish, either. Or the clams 😛 Following you – can’t wait to read more 🙂

    I really like your blog – I’m trying to get mine off the ground and was wondering if you could come check it out and consider following.


    Hope you have an *amazing* day! 🙂


  • Sarah

    I LOVE Japanese food! Stuck in Michigan I don’t get much:( So jealous!!

    Following from the hop, hope you will stop by and follow alone as well.