Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38 Food Review

Recently, Ev got a promotion at his job, and to celebrate, the family had dinner at Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38, a new restaurant that opened near Nico’s.  Harbor Restaurant’s menu has been designed around its Brasa ovens, a charcoal burning grill/smoker/oven appliance that delivers a unique smokey flavor to food. We each ordered a  bunch of appetizers, entrees, and sides and shared them family-style.  As we typically do, we ordered way too much food.
DSC01415Garlic Roasted Eggplant with shaved Parmesan and toasted garlic crostini ($10).  The eggplant was cooked nicely and made into a gooey garlic spread.  I really liked this.  Ev thought it was a tad too garlicky.
DSC01395Brasa Grilled Scampi with roasted peppers and capers over squid ink pasta and served with garlic bread ($28). This was my favorite of the dishes of the night. I typically don’t care for squid ink pasta but this one was very well done.
DSC01402Brasa Pork Chop on a bed of baby spinach on lentils($25).  The pork chop had a nice smokey flavor, but I thought the pork chops were a little dry.
DSC01398Brasa Roasted Half Chicken with herb stuffing and grilled vegetable jus ($23).  We ordered the Barasa Chicken Caesar salad but received this instead and we didn’t have the heart to return it.
DSC01397Seafood Paella ($28).  The paella had shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, fish, chorizo, peppers, onions and rice, sautéed in a spicy broth topped with cilantro.  This dish was Ev and Ev’s dad’s favorite of the night.
DSC01400Seared Brussels Sprouts with bacon and caramelized onions ($7).  Ev’s dad really likes Brussels sprouts, so we had to get these when we saw them on the menu.  I’m not a real big fan of Brussels sprouts but these were good.
DSC01401Brasa Potatoes with roasted vegetable jus ($6).  These were cooked well but nothing special.
DSC01396Even though we had tons of food left over, we couldn’t pass up on the Brasa roasted Cast Iron Skillet S’mores topped with vanilla gelato ($9).   Yes, it tasted as good as it sounds.

Overall, I really enjoyed our dinner at Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38.  The ambiance was decent, and the service was surprisingly good considering that they had just opened.   The portion sizes were also pretty big.  My only note of caution is that the restaurant is an open-air restaurant, so it might get a little warm if you’re eating near the windows on a muggy night.

Happy 2nd Birthday Connor!

My baby turned 2 last week, and we celebrated with a crab boil at my mom’s house.  The party’s theme was a no-brainer this year.  We chose Connor’s favorite television show – Bubble Guppies.
DSC01440Fortunately, there was a good selection of Bubble Guppies themed party supplies at Party City (cups, plates, bowls, buckets, napkins, tablecloths, wall decorations, balloons, etc.).  My Aunty Ann also designed Bubble Guppies themed place mats for the tables.
I went really overboard and bought an insane amount of seafood for the crab boil. We had 30 people at the party, and I bought 52 pounds of seafood (king crab, snow crab, lobster, shrimp, and clams). Haha.
If you ever wanted to know, this is what 20 pounds of snow and 20 pounds of king crab looks like.  It was the most crab I’ve ever seen in one place in my life.  It was amazing.DSC01453I originally wanted to pour the seafood directly on the table, but my mom put the kibosh on that idea because of the mess.  So we compromised and placed the seafood in pans and placed them directly on the tables.  DSC01454
DSC01468Connor is finally old enough to enjoy opening gifts.  He loved tearing off the gift wrap.DSC01483My brother Darren and his girlfriend Kimi won for the most noisy birthday gift ever.  They got Connor an instrument set complete with a drum, two maracas, a trumpet and tambourine.  Needless to say, Connor loves it. DSC01489

DSC01499We promised Connor an ice cream cake for his birthday.  For days after we ordered the cake from Baskin-Robbins he would ask us, “Eat ice cream cake?” And we would have to tell him that it wasn’t his birthday yet.  DSC01509

He was so happy when his birthday finally came, and he was able to have his own slice of birthday cake. My kid really loves ice cream.  Happy 2nd Birthday Connor. It’s been a fun two years.  Here’s to many, many more.

Ramen Museum in Yokohama (Day 4: Part III)

After finding out that Yokohama had a ramen museum, we figured that no Ramen Tour through Japan would be complete without a visit.  The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum boasts being the world’s first “food-themed amusement park.”  In reality, it was just a bunch of ramen restaurants in one place that charges admission.DSC09802
Although the first floor did have a small museum and gift shop, the highlight of the museum was the two basement floors that were modelled after the streets of Shitamachi, an old town in Tokyo in the year of 1958, the year that instant ramen was supposedly invented.  The two floors collectively showcased a total of 9 ramen restaurants that each featured ramen from a different region of Japan.
DSC09805I originally thought that the ramen museum was like a  food court, where we would each be able to buy ramen from a separate restaurant, take them out, and eat together in the tables in the courtyard.  Unfortunately, we learned that each restaurant was independent, and we weren’t able to take the ramen out of each restaurant.  It was also disappointing that each person had to buy a bowl at each restaurant, so we all had to decide on one place to eat together, or pick different places and eat alone. DSC09801Ev and I decided to eat at Shina Soba-ya, which had a chicken shoyu base ramen.  I thought that we made the right choice because I was still full from lunch and this ramen’s was not overly heavy or oily.

Overall, I was really disappointed in the ramen museum.  There are so many great ramen shops in Japan that I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to go here unless you’re already in Yokohama.

Shinyokohama Ramen Museum ♦
2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohuku-ku,
Yokohama-City, 222-0033, Japan
Closest Station – Shin-Yokohama
11:00-22:00; entrance fee 310 yen