Mitsuwa Hokkaido Festival
Thanks for sharing - this is great.
I just found the address (I wasn't aware of the Mitsuwa in NJ):
595 River Road,
Edgewater, NJ 07020
TEL: (201) 941-9113
Reading that review on the LA Board makes me really bummed I won't be around next weekend. It would be worth the hour drive for me to check it out. It isn't often we have this kind of thing out here in the tristate area.
I was there on Thursday afternoon and had a great time. The curry buns ($2.50 each or 3 for $7) were really good: almost like a fried doughnut on the outside, and on the inside some chopped potato in a authentic Japanese curry sauce. Sampled a few croquettes which were ok, and the squid bento box which was tasty but a bit dry. The melon bread was already sold out (5 PM).
The winner of the day for me was the wasabi hotate (although I'm not sure whether this was part of the festival or not). Chopped scallop sashimi in a light wasabi sauce ($24 per pound). Wonderfully sweet and zingy. As soon as I tried a sample on a toothpick I was hooked!
A clear miss for my friend was the Asameshi Maeda Honpo's Shoyu Ramen (Soy Sauce Broth Ramen Noodles): it had a powerful and unappetizing aroma. My friend gave up after a couple of slurps.
Picked up some Pocky sticks, gummy fruits, and shochu on the way out. I don't get to Mitsuwa as often as I used to and I do miss it.