Originally Published in ::
Yes, this is one of my favorite on-line columns and I pay close attention to this from home , as I am always on the lookout for a new and exciting place to hang out….. to catch this column yourself, I whole heartedly recommend
http://www.news-journalonline.com for Daytona Beach News and current events.
February 27, 2008
Japanese restaurant an old fave
News-Journal Motorsports Editor Godwin Kelly, his wife, Diane, and their son Casey had dinner at Ai Restaurant in Palm Coast.
Q. Why did you pick this place for dinner?
In the spirit of full disclosure, we have been going to Ai for more than 10 years, enjoy the food, the decor and the service staff. We even enjoy watching the chef prepare sushi orders.
Q. Were the portions big enough for a guy who likes meatloaf and potatoes?
There was plenty, especially since, with the sushi appetizer and a full dinner, you get the house soup and a side salad with homemade ginger dressing. I took two containers of leftovers home, carrying them like a fullback running for a first down.
Q. So what did everybody order?
The sushi chefs whipped up a couple of California and shrimp tempura rolls. Yum. I had an Ai specialty — sukiyaki, a ribeye steak with noodles, veggies and sweet beef broth. It made my toes tingle. Diane opted for shrimp teriyaki and it must have been really good because sharing was kept to a minimum. Casey, normally a hotdog/hamburger connoisseur, opted for a delicious teriyaki chicken dish. The adults at the table washed down dinner with chilled Japanese beer.
Q. Any room for dessert?
No matter what it takes, you must order the fried cheesecake. It is a must. You leave Ai without the cheesecake, and you are not enjoying the full experience.
Q. What else do they have?
All sorts of seafood prepared in several ways. They have chicken, pork, steak and tofu teriyaki dinners and a wide range of appetizers. Side orders include miso soup, fried rice and udon noodle soup. And, if you are some sort of freak and don’t like cheesecake, they offer green tea and ginger ice cream.
Q. How much was the bill?
For three people, the whole shebang plus tip was $94, but we had leftovers for two days.
WHERE: 208 St. Joe Plaza Drive, Palm Coast
HOURS: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m Tuesday-Friday, dinner Monday-Saturday (4:30 p.m. until the last piece of sushi is consumed)
ACCESSIBILITY: The shopping center has plenty of parking and there are several handicap ramps
THIS AND THAT: Major credit cards accepted
PHONE: 386-446-0508; reservations accepted
Thank you News Journal !!
I feel like I just got a day off !!~