Live, from Peoria, Illinois it’s Saturday Night with this week’s host, Hokkaido and special guest stars, Sheila, Lilly, Rosanna, Happy and featuring the Ready For Prime Beef Player, Marty Wombacher! And now, please welcome this week’s host, Hokkaido!
I’m going to dinner tonight with my friend Sheila who’s both driving and letting out a Saturday night whoop for joy here! Sheilia’s a senior travel consultant for Suzi Davis Travel and can get you the best travel deals and accommodations in the Central Illinois area and beyond! She’s been booking my vacations for decades now and I can verify that she really gets deals that crush all the online braggadocio’s. I should state here though that the rumors that Sheila can get free plane tickets just aren’t true, she will however get you a great price for your traveling needs. And tonight we’re traveling to...
The Hokkaido restaurant on University! I love this place and look how the outside changes colors! Okay, let’s go inside before we start getting an acid flashback and the whole place starts to melt!
The beer specials are noted on this sign in the front foyer. There’s several dining rooms, which you’ll see in a bit, but Sheila and Idecided to dine in the swanky cocktail lounge over here.
As soon as we got settled in, Lilly, the pretty bartender came over bearing drinks! A perfect start to the evening!
Cheers from Sheila and Yours Fooly!
They have a quartet of beers on tap here at the bar. At then end is this cool and curvy wine rack. The corks from bottles housed here are displayed in this giganzo glass.
Hokkaido has several dining rooms inside, this is the Hibachi room. In this room guests can sit around the grill as the Hibachi chef cooks the meal and puts on a show for the diners. It’s a popular tradition and most people really enjoy it, however it makes me nervous and that’s why we’re seated at the bar.
There’s another dining room over here with nice wooden partitions and a Chinese scroll and artwork at the end of the room.
And here’s yet another dining room with tables in front and booths lining the back wall. There’s also art and a lit-up Sapporo beer sign on the walls.
Meanwhile, back at the bar, chopsticks have been laid out, but I’m going to use a fork. Yeah, I’ve never learned to use chopsticks, you got a problem with that? Well, fork you!
We started off with two different types of sushi and it was so delicious! We also had a nice conversation with Rosanna who’s just recently moved to Peoria with her husband. She’s originally from Vietnam and lived in New Orleans for years. Now she’s here in Peoria and she’s about as cute as can be and we enjoyed chatting with her!
We also got the Seafood Combination dinner and it was really tasty. The seafood was complimented nicely with crisp vegetables and a nice sauce.
There’s Rosanna, Happy and Lilly behind the bar. Everyone here is really friendly and makes dining a lot of fun. For dessert we had M&M’s from this large glass. Check out the Hibachi party happening over here! Thanks to Lilly, Rosanna and Happy for the wonderful dinner and hospitality and thanks to Sheila for driving, hanging out and for the friendship over the last six decades! We’ll see you all tomorrow!
We started off with two sushi selections: Unagi which is a Nigiri sushi roll made with broiled eel and a maki tuna roll. Both of them were tasty with flavorful and fresh ingredients wrapped around a rice jacket. The sushi is served with wasabi, ginger and soy sauce. They have a large selection of sushi here and you could make several meals just out of all of the different varieties.
In addition to sushi, they also have dinner selections with Japanese, Thai and Chinese fare. We chose the Seafood Combination from the Chinese menu and it was so delicious! It had shrimp, scallops and chunks of juicy crabmeat intermingling with fresh, crispy vegetables and a light sauce. It was served with white rice and was a tasty Asian treat!
We had M&M’s for dessert and they melted in our mouths and not our hands, which made me believe in American advertising and gave me a nice shiny and happy feeling all over!
Three and a half Galloping Gourmets—The sushi here is spectacular but you should also try one of the entrees as well, they really make for a wonderful dinner. Hokkaido is also open for lunch.
3311 N. University Street