Everybody has been all abuzz about Lucky Robot since before they opened their doors for business, and not wanting to miss out on the hot ticket, I headed to South Congress with two of my coworkers last Friday.
The whole restaurant has a very Sanrio vibe with quirky wall-art, giant chopsticks for door handles, swings hanging from the ceiling in the dining room, and waitstaff in Harajuku get-ups.
The iPad ordering system is a stroke of genius — we totally over-ordered because of it and we’re glad we did– you can see photos of all the dishes and set the pace of your meal. That doesn’t mean the waitstaff is MIA — they were fantastic about checking in and refilling drinks — you can always order with them if you prefer.
We started with seaweed salad (always a favorite), pork & shrimp dumplings (hand-made with an amazing plum dried cranberry nimono), and crisped Brussels sprouts.
And this is the point where we stop and reflect on the Brussels sprouts — a total showstopper. Crisped to perfection and topped with a lemongrass soy. Those alone will keep me coming back to Lucky Robot forever and ever. Amen.
But we didn’t stop there. Spicy tuna, Hama Hama (yellow tale, avocado, green onion, crispy shallot, yuzu miso, and sesame), The Bishop (shrimp, kimchi, cucumber, sesame topped with baramutsu, lemongrass soy, and peanuts), and avocado maki rolls were all ordered via iPad and arrived fresh and tasty within minutes.
The Hama Hama roll was another standout — the crispy shallot made that baby sing.
A welcome addition to SoCo, Lucky Robot delivered on the hype and we learned two important things from our visit — life is not complete without crisped Brussels sprouts and Hama Hama rolls.
Have you been? Is it your new happy place?
Lucky Robot comp’d our appetizers and they were delish. All opinions are 100% my own.