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Nom-Eez

We wanted to go out with our children and their respective girlfriends and we were looking for something different... We had been to Mecha Noodle Bar in Fairfield, CT, but my wife and I thought that it would be too expensive for the seven of us.

We went looking for similar places online and found Nom-eez in Bridgeport. Closer than any other place we could find.

One of my sons made the comment that from the looks of it, it seemed like a "Hipster-type" of place.

Boy, was he right!!

Nom-Eez

We got there and the first thing to notice is that there are no tables. You sit bar style on heavy metal and wood stools.  This means that if the place is full, you are probably going to sit next to a stranger. No problem for us, as there were seven of us and the place was not full on a Sunday evening.

The staff was very nice. We told them we were waiting for some other people and they offer us ice water.

My wife noticed that the register was manned by a couple of white people and because this is a noodle bar, the kitchen staff was mostly Latin American people!!

Her comment was: "I thought you said it was a Vietnamese Place..."

There was some indecision about what to order, but in the end, we were all there for the Pho.

The menu has some nice selections of Noodles and Soups and the appetizers are quite varied and interesting.

We ordered the Pork Belly Baos, The Pho-Ramen, the Wonton Soup and the Shrimp and Coconut Soup. My son's girlfriend is Vegan and she ordered the Stir-Fry.

Pork Belly Bao

My wife said that she was not hungry and ordered an iced coffee.

The food took time to get to us, and like most noodle bars, the portions are huge!!

Pho-Ramnen

These could easily be shared and feed probably more than two people.

The Pho-Ramen is a richer version of their pho made with Ramen noodles, pork belly, and a perfect egg.

Shrimp and Coconut Soup

My Shrimp and coconut soup had the flavor of Kaffir lime, turmeric, lemon grass, and ginger. The shrimp dumplings, thick rice noodles, bean sprouts, mint, papaya, and lime complemented the flavors to make an excellent dinner.

Like I mentioned, is a "Hipster place". Which kind of makes it a little on the expensive side. With entrees between $10 and $15.

They had Peking Duck on the menu ($32) so I probably have to go back sometime...

The pork belly baos were really nice and fresh and the experience was absolutely delicious.

It's a place to go with your significant other and not with a large family! ;-)

Nom eez is located at 2992 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport CT.

Matsu Sushi

So yesterday was Easter here in the US. Normally, we celebrate with the rest of my wife's family, but this time we decided instead to do it on our own.

We were going to Mass and decided to go out to eat afterward.

Esedia had a couple of suggestions. One was to go to Pantanal (our local Rodizio) and the other one was a sushi bar.

I suggested that the sushi bar was a better choice, as I thought the other place was going to be more crowded with the holiday.

We went to Mass at 12:30 PM and left the house at 1:30 PM. We had to pick up Gilberto that had just come out of work.

We then drove to Westport, CT to Matsu Sushi.

A really nice place. Lovely atmosphere with about ten tables on the inside and a few tables for couples on the outside.

Like many sushi bars, you have an area where they prepare the sushi up front and a kitchen in the back where they cook other more traditional dishes and hibachi.

We ordered some drinks. Large Hot Sake for me,  and Beer (Kirin Ichiban) for Gilberto. Esedia and the boys had soda and water.

We had sake before, but this one was at the right temperature and not bitter like in other restaurants.

We then placed our orders. Esedia and Carlos went for the Hibachi (Chicken and Steak, each) and Gilberto, Gaby and me decided on the Bento Box. Steak for me. I also replaced the soup for Vegetable Tempura.

The decoration is pretty simple and inviting. The open space and the garage style windows make the space look bigger than it really is. Plenty of light to take some pictures.

Our meals came with Soup and Salad for starters. Miso or Clear soup depending if the meal was Bento or Hibachi.

Both were delicious and better than what we had before.

My dinner Bento box was enormous!! Four pieces of Sashimi, rice, steak, two shrimp dumplings and the vegetable tempura. I almost couldn't finish it.

The sushi was very fresh and delightful. Esedia and Carlos gave me a taste of the Hibachi and it was also very flavorful.

The restaurant has many lunch choices and the prices are extremely affordable. Definitely a great place to have sushi, Bento Boxes, and Hibachi.

All in all, we had a great Easter. A little unorthodox but nonetheless a great meal.

Highly recommend Matsu Sushi.

Matsu Sushi is at 33 Jesup Rd, Westport, CT 06880

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