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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy Hour At Da Ru Ma


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are restaurants in Southwest Florida serving primarily Japanese Cuisine. They have locations in Sarasota, Naples and Fort Myers, FL. It was da-ru-ma (sorry, couldn't resist) that they had a very good happy hour there. My dining companion (DC) for that day and I met at the Fort Myers location to see if the rumor was true.

As you walk into the restaurant,

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you can sit at the sushi bar,

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in a more traditional dining room,

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or in the Teppanyaki area in either a group

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or more intimate setting.

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The happy hour menu is available in all of these dining areas.

There is a good selection of starter-sized plates, 

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in addition to reduced prices on selected beverages (only at the bar).

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DC and I were starvin', so we tried a number of items from the happy hour menu.

The first thing ordered was a Krab meat asparagus roll.

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The krab was mixed with a bit of Mayonnaise prior to making the roll. It was very good.

Tempura Cod bites were next.

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Balls of Cod were battered, fried and served with a pickled vegetable garnish and a sauce that tasted like mayonnaise mixed with Sriracha sauce. The sauce was not my favorite but the fish bites were not bad.

The next thing that was ordered was the spicy Calamari steak.

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The calamari was Sauteed, topped with a soy-chili sauce and served with a soy/ginger sauce. It was very good.

A spicy tuna roll was the next order, and was tuna that was mixed with a bit of Sriracha sauce. Pretty good.

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Gyoza were ordered next. One can order then fried, which would turn them into Pot Stickers.

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These were topped with Seaweed Salad, Edamame and served with a traditional soy/vinegar sauce. Really good.

Being very full at this point, against better judgement, one more item was ordered. The Escargot Jalapeno Nippon, or Japanese Jalapeno Escargot,


was escargot in a mayonnaise/Masago/Jalapeno sauce, topped with miniature toasts to "mop-up" the sauce. Delicious.

DC and I had more than enough to eat, all for $15.00 each. All of the food ordered was good, especially for the price. I can tell you that da-ru-ma about happy hour being good here is true.  These items are available all night long,  from 5-10P.M. Although for most of these items, the restaurant is a bit mayonnaise-happy, I would come back here without hesitation.

That's that for another review on Forks.



DaRuMa
13499 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239)344-0037

DaRuMa on Urbanspoon

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