Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Two Meals - Monday 4.19.2010 - Rocky's Crown Pub And Sakura

So I had the option of doing a Wednesday Onezie or a Two Meals post tonight and chose to do the latter. I haven't thought deeply what days constitute in becoming a two meals post as opposed to a onezie except that maybe I happen to have two consecutive meals in a row that I feel I rather share sooner than later.(?)

Anyway had a burger dinner at Rocky's Crown Pub by suggestion of a friend. First time to actually visit at night. My first post on Rocky's here which I warn was during my very early blogging days. I can tell I neurotically edited it to death, haha. I also noticed recently that Rocky's is using one of my photos from it on their website but that's cool.... I'm honored. :)

I think this is the first time I had the half-pounder as well. With cheese, runs a little over six-dollars. Fries are an extra $2.50 and for me a must with. Both took some time as usual (about 15~20 mins) to come out but you have a beer or two while waiting and chatting up.

Deeeelish. A loosely packed thick patty with a very nice outer char crust and a bit of pink in the center. Had a few "moist" burgers in the past lately but this really reminded me the difference between burger juice and burger grease. Not that this burger lacked any fat..

But it was full of yummy beefy flavorful burger juice. The bun is nothing fancy but held things together sufficiently. With the finer mince of the patty I practically swallowed the burger whole! :)

The fries here seem to originate from a large freezered brown bag but the always crispy and fluffy centered they are goes to show not all frozen fries have to taste like so. Really enjoy these a lot.

Had a Sierra Nevada this day. Actually two.

Maybe it had to do with the Monday it was but wasn't as packed as I imagined Rocky's would be at this hour. Personal mental note to self made..

A very basic but very delicious burger. Couple that with a fun mellow night, reminds me I definitely should make it out here more often.. :)

Rocky's Crown Pub, 3786 Ingraham St, San Diego, CA 92109

Lunch earlier in the day was at Sakura. One may think by now I'm buddies with the owners but nope. I probably conversed with Kazu-san the itamae once and was during ordering at that. The friendly waitresses recognize me as the weird regular who takes pics of their lunches. They do seem to let me slide using a credit card (of meals under $15) the days I forget to bring cash but that's really about it. :)

I'm actually about ready to do another longer lunch post this weekend but wanted to share here the new Koebi no Kakiage Chazuke (Kakiage Tempura with Small Shrimp Chazuke, $8.50) that I really enjoyed. This was actually the second time having.

Chazuke or Ochazuke is a rice dish where you pour tea or dashi over steamed rice with various savory toppings. At home it's an easily prepared quick dish often made with leftovers and hot water or tea but I somehow picture it eaten late at night for its easier digestive properties (great for hangovers too, haha).

At Sakura was served with a hot dashi. The broth was already quite savory and for me no need for any additional sodium.

The contrast in texture of the crispy kakiage tempura with the hot rice and broth was really great.

In the kakiage from what I can remember were onions, carrots, shimeji mushrooms, small shrimp.. On the rice were kizami nori, kaiware daikon sprouts and shredded kombu tsukemono to name a few.

In the yakumi condiments tray were yuzu paste, wasabi, ume sour plum, and scallions.

Used to your liking, all wonderful in small amounts. The yuzu paste added a great citrus and peppery zest. It was also salty though and over using may cause the already seasoned dashi broth to become too salty.

Had Sakura's hiyayakko cold tofu appetizer ($2.50) as a side. Always a favorite with sliced raw okra, some grated ginger and bonito flakes. The tofu is usually a medium-firm momen.

Hope you enjoyed these.. The week is half over, woo hoo! :)

Izakaya Sakura, 3904 Convoy St #121, San Diego, CA 92111


K and S said...

yummy dishes!

Darlene said...

Two places I've really wanted to visit but haven't. All the photos have convinced me that I need to amend that quickly.

Dennis K. said...

Hi K&S, the burger at Rocky's is extremely simple but so good! :)

Hi Darlene! Sakura's menu can be a bit spotty but overall they're a great place. I think I posted a few personal recommendations on my last post if you're interested..

Kirbie said...

What picture of yours did they use? I've been craving a Rocky's burger lately...You really should be best friends with everyone at Sakura with all the great posts you do of the place!

Dennis K. said...

Hi Kirbie! Oh it's just the one of the storefront sign. I don't really care. They seem to have two websites though. The other is

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Raw okra? I like okra but I don't know if I'd like it raw. Was it extra slimy?

Dennis K. said...

Hi WC, the okra is sliced thin. No more slimy than cooked okra, but with a light crunch.. It's good! :)

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of Chazuke but what you had looks really good. It's been over a year since I've been to Sakura. I think it's time for a visit.

caninecologne said...

ha ha - the waitresses know you as "the guy who takes photos of his food"...

i figure if anyone gives me wierd looks when i'm taking pix of my food, they can just eff off. it's not like i have ahuge old tripod and am using flash or anything.

i have yet to go to sakura - you make everything sound so good!

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KirkK said...

Looks great Dennis - you sure got Sakura covered.

Dennis K. said...

Hi CAB! It was the first time having an ochazuke with a kakiage tempura. I usually have with leftover salt grilled fish like salmon.

Hi CC! No they're super nice and no weird looks here when snapping pics. I totally agree with you though!

Hi Kirk.. Ah! I was too curious where you were and just checked sitemeter. Can't wait to read your future posts! ;)