Sunday, April 3, 2011


Last week was so busy I didn't have time to sit down and write a post.

Wednesday we took our youngest to a pediatric dentist in fayetteville. Talk about cool!  It looked more like an amusement park than a dentist office. :)

After the dentist we had lunch at Meiji.

We love sushi and this place did not disappoint! 

This is a little about the philosophy of Meiji in Chef Darwin Beyer's own words:

Meiji is a small restaurant.  That allows me to focus on bringing you the highest quality food.  The fish at Meiji is sashimi-grade, and some of the freshest you'll find in Northwest Arkansas.  Our sauces are all made from scratch in our kitchen.  Vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers are purchased from local farms within a few miles of our front door.
I’m proud to offer fish selections that you won’t see at other local restaurants.  We cater to people who love sushi, but I also love to introduce sushi to those who are trying it for the first time. 
I invite you to try Meiji.  I hope you will find our atmosphere to be elegant without being stuffy, and the food to be the best you’ve ever tried.

Elegant without being stuffy...I love that!!

We all shared the spicy crab salad and the Shoyu Nama Ramen soup.  Spencer and I shared a couple different rolls and we got a bento box with salmon for our son. :)

The first roll we ate was the "Daikon" roll.  Daikon is a Japanese radish that is marinate and then cut very thinly so it can be used as the wrap for this roll.  It was filled with an assortment of fish ranging from tuna, salmon, and yellow tail, as well as several savory herbs and veggies. 

This roll is amazingly light and delicious and just bursting with flavor.

 Our second roll was the "Cobalt" roll.  This is a shrimp tempura and salmon combined with cucumber and avacado and topped with eel sauce.  I've had many eel sauces but this one takes the cake, but the real flavor kick of this roll is the fact that these are incredibly thin lemon slice between each piece of roll.  They are sliced with the rind still on them.  This seems strange until you take that first bite.  Then the bright, clean explosion of lemon hits you and blows you away. 

Everything was light and fresh and delicious.  They also had fresh wasabi (which was a first for me and I loved it)!  Not that regular intense green paste but actually fresh chopped wasabi that you could spoon on each bite and savor.

What a perfect day.  The only thing missing was our older son who had to go to school and did NOT understand why he had to miss all the fun!

Meiji  Japanese Cuisine is my favorite new restaurant.

Question of the Day:

Do you like sushi?  Where is your favorite place to eat out?



  1. Love sushi!!! My favorite place is Tsunami. Favorite roll there is the Don Juan- it's like a California roll but tempura fried.. sooo yummy. I could probably drink their miso soup for breakfast lunch and dinner!

  2. love love love sushi! cool pics, thanks for sharing :)

  3. Oh that looks so good! I want to eat there. I had a favorite place in my hometown for sushi. Their Louisiana roll was stuffed with tempura shrimp and other goodies and topped with the thinnest, crispiest pieces of fried catfish and a light drizzle of eel sauce. Amazing! I haven't found sushi locally yet. The only sushi that I've had since I've moved was at a restaurant and hour or so away. It was delicious but I need to find one closer...and soon...particularly after seeing your post today. :)

  4. Oh hi there, I was wondering where you were, girl!
    Everything looks so interesting, but I'm a little nervous around sushi because I never know what the heck I'm eating. My hubby loves it and has me eat things and then tells me after what it was. Hmmmm. I feel like I need to experiment a little more and I'm very impressed your little fella partook!