by Matt Steinberg

My wife and I decided to hit downtown for dinner this past weekend, and chose Seabar to satisfy my sushi jones. Chef Mike Andrzejewski’s two locations (Ellicott Street downtown and Main Street in Williamsville) serve the best sushi, sashimi and rolls in town, in my humble opinion. My wife ordered the seared steak special, while I, being very hungry, got the sashimi special, ramen bowl, spicy tuna roll and one of the most unique (and delicious) dishes you’ll ever have – Chef Mike’s Beef on Weck roll. The only thing it has in common with an ordinary sushi roll is it’s shape. A center of rare beef is surrounded by rice, another slice of rare beef, and finished off by coarse salt and the requisite caraway seeds, served on a plate with a drizzle of horseradish sauce. In spirit, it’s just like a bite size beef on weck sandwich, but so much more in this form. I can’t emphasize the following point enough – if you go to Seabar, GET IT. Don’t think about it, just order it. You wouldn’t go to the Anchor Bar and not get chicken wings, would you? ORDER IT.

As incredible as the beef on weck roll is, the other parts of our meal were equally delightful. My wife’s steak was extremely tender and tasty, and it was accompanied by a serving of delicious spinach and herb noodles (which she liked even more than the steak). I started with a small plate of sashimi, containing five different selections, including a wonderful Spanish mackerel. A bowl of ramen noodles was next, but this isn’t anything like the packets you ate in college. A rich broth contained hearty noodles, shrimp, and vegetables, and was very filling. I shared the aforementioned beef on weck roll with my wife, and then finished my meal off with a divine spicy tuna roll.

It being Lent, we skipped dessert, but I’ve had the tempura banana split in the past, and highly recommend it. If you’re looking to save a little money (and who isn’t), go between 4:30 and 6:00 for a 20% happy hour discount. For more information, check out Seabar’s website at www.seabarsushi.com

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