Food — The Weekly Dish
The Weekly Dish

By Amy Diaz

The power of a memorable name: Yuki Asian Grill has opened in the plaza next to the Shaw’s on South Willow Street. The menu is primarily Japanese but features touches of Thai and other Asian cuisines. A large selection of sushi, both as appetizers and as part of entrees, is joined by tempura and teriyaki almost everything. The restaurant also boosts a teppan menu, with beef, chicken or fish prepared tableside on a hibachi. For the less adventurous, the menu also features a wide variety of udon or soba noodle dishes. Yuki Asian Grill, 377 S. Willow St., 666-6678, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Feeding the West side: Café 324 owner Aaron Sarette plans to open a similar breakfast and lunch spot for the mill workers on the other side of the river.

Café 324, which is located at 324 Commercial St. and is closed for renovations through Jan. 11, will offer its array of breakfast sandwiches, salads, pastas and wraps to the workers of MillWest, 195 McGregor St., according to the Café 324 website. The new restaurant is scheduled to open in about a month, according to a recent article in The Union Leader.

Breakfast at the Palette: The Premiere Palette, 946 Elm St. (formerly Julian’s Pizzeria), is now offering an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for $6.95.

The restaurant, which opens at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, features a rotating offering of meats (such as bacon or country-fried steak), bread or biscuits, country-fried potatoes, eggs and coffee as part of the buffet. Or, you can purchase breakfast ala carte, a menu which features a breakfast pizza and that favorite Southern comfort food, grits, for 79 cents a bowl.

The Premiere Palette offers Southern foods for dinner as well — the menu changes daily so call ahead for take out or to eat in, 622-8494,

Mediterranean poppers: Envy, the newest resident of 1181 Elm St., labels itself as “Restaurant/Nightlife.” So far, the nightlife is good — the club in the home of the former Brass Monkey (or Charley Peppers or Salty Dog, depending on when you last got to go out for a little drinking and dancing) features hip-hop and dance music at least four days a week.

But for those curious as to what type of food goes best with Snoop’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” the menu — Mediterranean according to earlier reports from the owners — is still in the works.

A recent Saturday night visit to Envy found only an appetizer menu including such pub staples as mozzarella sticks, jalapeño poppers, French fries and wings.

I say go with theme foods — Beyonce Brisket, Ludacris Linguini, Ruppe Pesto Penne.

Wine lovers love January: If you’re the type of person who regularly runs out of room in your wine rack for all your new bottles, Thursday, Jan. 27, is practically a holy day for you.

The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission will host a Winter Wine Spectacular Grand Tasting at the Center of New Hampshire from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will include more than 800 wines from all over the globe as well as hors d’oeuvres and other eats. Tickets are a mere $35 per person (if you have a collection of riojas, “mere” is in fact the right word to use here). For an additional price, you can also attend an assortment of wine tasting seminars where you can learn how to appreciate the bouquet and swish before you start to chug the vino. (Seminars include talks on Riedel crystal, Tuscan wines and California wines. The cost for these classes is an additional $25 per person per class, plus $65 for the Riedel class if you’d like to take away a four-stem tasting set. Seminars run from 5 to 6:30 p.m.)

Drink the night away — classily. For more information, call 1-888-368-8880.

—Amy Diaz

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