Shima Japanese Steakhouse 4LMag June 15, 2015 Food & Drink 126 Orange Ave., Coronado | (619) 435-1775 | ShimaCoronado.com Chef Carlos rolls in and starts off by mixing veggies and making chicken fried rice on the large stainless steel hibachi grill. He cracks open an egg and slides the yolk around on his spatula then throws it up in the air and breaks it when it lands and the fried rice begins. He cracks a few jokes and throws and catches things in his tall chef’s hat. This guy is very entertaining. And just when you think he is setting up for the classic onion volcano, he switches it up to a never before seen tornado! What We Ate & Drank: Hibachi Menu All hibachi menu items are served with onion soup, house salad, grilled onions, zucchini, carrots and bok choy, shrimp appetizer, ginger sauce, mustard sauce, steamed rice, ice cream and hot green tea. 01 Mango Salmon (Salmon grilled with yams, asparagus and mango salsa) Cooked medium rare and super fresh, I can’t believe this fillet is not still flopping around on the plate. 02 Carlsbad (New York strip steak with grilled tiger shrimp topped with sakura sauce grilled mushrooms) Cooked to a medium rare, this New York would even make Jay Z drool. Throw in a bunch of large tiger shrimp and grilled mushrooms and you get a perfect meal. 03 Coronado King (All natural prime Wagyu beef with a cold water lobster tail grilled with mushrooms) How do you beat the Carlsbad? It’s a perfect blend of land and sea. Well, I’d like to introduce you to the Coronado. The prime Wagyu cut is the king of beef. It’s almost like they are infused with natural butter. Then comes the sea part; what’s tastier than shrimp? LOBSTER! I went from Carlsbad ecstasy to Coronado heaven. Either way, you win. 04 Coronado Roll (shrimp tempura, spicy crab, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, wrapped in tuna and topped with shrimp tempura and eel sauce) The eel sauce makes the tender shrimp pop. The spicy crab gives it a unique twist. But the layer of raw tuna on top makes it delicately delicious. Spicy Strawberry Margarita (Milagro Tequila infused with jalapenos and strawberries, fresh lime, orange juice and more strawberries) Spicy, sweet, slightly tart, fresh and refreshing, this drink might have all the senses covered. Cucumber Shiso Fizz (Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh cucumber, basil and lime juice) The Shiso Fizz is fo’ shizzle delish. The light cucumber and lime juice help the Bombay Sapphire go down smooth and easy. Ginger Smash (Jack Daniel’s, fresh lemon, mint and ginger) If Jack met Ginger on a desert island, he would definitely get smashed, ginger smashed. Just like Ginger, this drink isn’t for the faint hearted, it’s sultry and strong. The Joint As I’m cruising over the Coronado bridge, all I can think of is Will Ferrell throwing a burrito into Jack Black’s face then getting his dog Baxter kicked off of it. As I finally stop daydreaming about Anchorman, I realize I’m driving into a piece of San Diego gold. The island is quaint and has a great beach with great sunsets or a great view of the gaslamp over the bay. Shima sits right in the heart of this beautiful small town. It’s an upper scale restaurant with beautiful décor and mouth-watering food and great cocktails.