- Joined Jul 31, 2000
Just came in today with my wife to pick up our two daughters who have been in the city since wednesday. My sister in law made a rez for us at Ruby Foos,uptown. Well the place was packed and as a chef my adrenaline started pumping as the front of the house worked the crowd. There are three levels, First level has maybe 25\30 tables with a sushi bar as a focal point. The second level (you walk up a large stair case) with asian frou frou stuff displayed. On this level is an open finishing kitchen, and on the third level is about 20 tables. I am guessing that the three levels when full would seat 300 + diners. Me and My sister in law started with a :ginger: martini and jill had an asian margarita. Vox vodka and ginger liquer made up the martinis,a little plum wine instead of triple sec was used in the margarita. the girls had shirly temples. I must say that it took quite some time for our server to make contact with us (this always turns me off) But she turned out to be a real pro and managed to handle at least six tables at the same time. we decided to share some dim sum tamarind bbq pork spare ribs, fried shrimp wontons and shiitake pot stickers. All three had thed same dipping sauce ? oh well...on there own they did have nice texture and flavors.hot towels with lemon was a nice touch to clean our sticky hands. I would have enjoyed different dipping sauces though. For our entrees Jill and janice shared a sushi platter of tuna,fluke, bbq eel,spicy tuna roll,california roll. the fact that the sushi bar was so busy helped with the turnover of the raw seafood. The tuna was excellent,sweet and fatty. all the others were your basic sushi, not allot of suprises. I had the three flavor whole fried fish (red snapper) It was scored to the bone and very crisp, almost all of the snapper was very moist and sweet. it was served in a wok to your table with a tamarind based sweet and sour sauce, alittle to sweet for my taste and a touch of heat would have been nice, But all in all it was very good and my girls loved looking at the whole fish staring back at them. The girls shared a grilled free range chicken teriyaki with baby corn and snow peas. decent, but not out of this world. we passed on dessert because we are making chocolate fondue at janices place Over all I found Ruby foos to be a "pretty ok" spot. Service was good and the food was good and the prices where fair. If you are looking for true,bare to the bone asian cuisine go to china town, if you want good food,good service and a funky looking place I can recommend ruby foos.