Perfect location for beautiful lunch outside
By Jules Gollner, Guest Columnist
EDITOR'S NOTE: Jules is the retired owner of White Apron Catering and enjoys all things culinary with, or without a white apron.
I was looking forward to a wonderful lunch at Dragonfly in downtown Gainesville last Thursday, and I was not disappointed. These guys sure know how to run a restaurant. From the minute you walk in the front door, you feel special. The hostess always remembers where I like to sit, and I have never had a so-so waiter here. Pleasance, not 'attitude,' seems to be a key component to employee training at this sushi/Asian restaurant. Customer friendliness is so refreshing to see in bigger Gainesville establishments like this one.
My friend -- the Gainesville Lunch Out Blog Editor Mike Sanford -- and I chose to sit outside and watch downtown meander by this lunch hour.
Mike had never been to Dragonfly for lunch, so I took it upon myself to order for him.
We started our lunch order with Edamame, which the GLOB Master devoured pod and all. Fine with me. Edamame is a preparation of immature soybeans still in the pod commonly found in Japan, China, and Hawaii. The pods are boiled in water together with condiments such as salt and served whole.
We next enjoyed a Tuna Flatbread, plenty for a full lunch or to share as a starter. This is thinly sliced tuna sashimi over a crisply grilled wheat pita with tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and shiso and is finished with a honey wasabi aioli
This was the favorite selection of the day.
The GLOB Master's lunch entrée was Chicken Katsu Don, which is panko-crusted chicken breast over brown rice with veggies and an egg omelette sandwiched in with the other ingredients.
I had Thai Bangkok Noodles with tofu and veggies. This can also be made with chicken or beef. A cooked egg 'round' is placed under the noodles and tofu as a base so the other flavors of the dish sit atop the egg. This is a very good dish. I love the spiciness; it needs no additional srirachi sauce.
I do wish Dragonfly was open for lunch every day, but alas, only Thursday and Friday.
Sitting outside, enjoying the fall, greeting an occasional passerby and comparing lunch time notes with pet dog Rusty makes Dragonfly a favorite Gainesville lunch spot for me.
For International Sushi Day, Dragonfly Restaurant used their popularity in the Gainesville and Orlando communities to create a more impactful type of awareness. Both locations decided to "use their margin for a mission" to raise money for two local charities: the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville and Community Food and Outreach Center in Orlando. The proceeds from this "Craft Your Roll" night at each Dragonfly location not only drew quite the crowd, but allowed patrons to become the sushi masters for a night while knowing that 100 percent - yes, all of the money spent - would become a charitable donation. Dragonfly took it one step further by asking sushi creators to name their masterpiece and let the social media realm know that's just #HowIRoll. Above is an image of Dragonfly's popular Volcanic Rolls. We named our roll the Here Fishy, Fishy Roll, image right the And the charitable numbers are in: Dragonfly Restaurant raised $1,850 for the Ronald McDonald House that night.
The Pluses and Minuses of Dragonfly
Dragonfly + Indicators: Taste, style, customer frendly, professional approach to th art of cooking.
Dragonfly - Indicators: They shwould serve lunch every day!
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- Phone Number: 371-3359
- Address: 201 SE 2nd Ave. Gainesville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Downtown
- Web Site: Dragonfly Sushi
- Latitude: 29.649725
- Longitude: -82.323197
Angie Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:59 Comment Link
Dragonfly is ALWAYS an excellent choice...especially the Miso Black Cod! I just noticed they have added an outside bar which seems to be calling my name today...happy hour on the patio anyone?! ;)
The Dragonfly is part of the new Art in Public Places ceremony this evening at 5:30, celebrating the 4 new sculptures recently placed in front of businesses on the Union Square block. Come meet the artists, listen to some music, take a "mini artwalk" around the block, and finish up with drinks at Dragonfly!