Japanese Restaurant Review & Waterfire

After a wonderful long weekend, we’re back at it! For those of you who enjoyed Memorial Day weekend, I hope it was great! We had a fun weekend filled with good friends, good food and a date night in Providence! Here’s a recap of dinner Saturday evening and Waterfire that followed.

Japanese Dinner for Two

On Saturday night, we headed out towards Providence for a fun date night. After hearing great things about a small Japanese restaurant called Ran Zan, Frank and I knew this was a place we had to check out. As we pulled up to the restaurant, it was very unassuming, small, and right in between a nail salon and a gas station. This could have been a turn off (and might have been for a split second), but the minute we walked in, I saw the sushi bar and I knew we were in for a treat. The restaurant could hold no more than 30 people and they played a Japanese badminton game on the small television behind the bar. Cool, right?!

After ordering a glass of pinot grigio and a cold beer for Frank, the seaweed salad was the first thing we tried. Seaweed salad is so refreshing and a great way to start off a meal.

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We then ordered a dragon roll with eel, tuna sashimi, salmon sashimi, and a salmon and avocado roll. You know when you take that first bite and the sushi is literally “melt-in-your-mouth” fresh? Well, that’s exactly what we experienced. Each piece was the perfect size; small so you can eat the entire thing in one bite, and it was so fresh you could tell it was from a high-end source. It was delicious!


We planned on ordering entrees following our sushi appetizer, but it was so good that we kept with the theme and ordered another roll, my favorite actually, the rainbow roll. This is a california roll on the inside with fresh sashimi on top (salmon, tuna and white fish). We also ordered a serving of gyoza (fried pot sticker) and shumai (pork dumpling), both fresh, homemade and delicious! As you can see, I need to step up my food-phot0-taking-skills; I realized I forgot to take a picture when there was only one piece left of everything!

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After trying manyyy sushi restaurants in Rhode Island, it’s safe to say that this one is at the top of my list. If you’re looking for an authentic Japanese meal, you need to go to Ran Zan! I will definitely be taking my parents here the next time they visit 🙂

Providence Waterfire

Saturday night worked out perfectly because it was also Brown’s graduation ceremony and the 20th anniversary of Waterfire. Providence is known for its Waterfire event, which consists of over 80 sparkling bonfires set up along three rivers that flow through the city and Waterplace Park. Though the city was packed with people, we knew the bonfires would be beautiful and the crowds of people would make it an even more exciting event. Frank and I bought a bottle of red wine, brought our own plastic wine glasses, and found the perfect spot right on the river with our legs dangling over the ledge. The minute we sat down, a gondola floated by and the man driving the boat was passing out long-stem flowers…this girl got a red one! The night was beautiful and it was a very romantic setting to cap off a fun date night. After about 30 minutes, it started to rain! Masses of people started running to their cars and we decided to call it a night.

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A recap of our Sunday Funday and Memorial Day tomorrow!


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