One of my favorite things about traveling for work is visiting new restaurants. This afternoon I was in Gainesville, Florida and during a break headed downstairs to check out Dragonfly Modern Izakaya & Sushi.
Dragonfly is located on 2nd Ave in a large brick building across from the Courtyard hotel. Parking was a breeze as there is a large garage across the street that charges fairly reasonable rates. Outside is a large Dragonfly sign done tastefully in silver. Several tables were also arranged behind a wrought iron fence. It looked like an inviting place to have a drink after work and people watch.
Upon entering I was greeted by the hostess and seated at a small table. The other ones around me were packed with people enjoying their lunch. The interior of Dragonfly was sleek and modern. To my right was the sushi bar finished in dark wood and manned by two gentleman. At the rear two flat screen televisions showed a black and white Japanese film. It appeared to be some kind of samurai movie from the 1950’s. The sound was off and it gave the space a gallery like feel.
The waitress came up to the table and promptly took my drink order while I looked over the menu. I ordered a tuna roll, a spicy tuna roll and a salmon roll. She also talked me into the ubiquitous miso soup and salad with ginger dressing.
The soup and salad were what would be expected at a nicer sushi restaurant, and served as a pleasant opening to my lunch. After clearing away the soup and salad bowls my rolls immediately appeared. Each roll consisted of six pieces of nicely prepared and neatly arranged sushi. Underneath was a flourish of wasabi paste. I sampled each roll and was pleased. The fish was very fresh and the spicy tuna roll had the perfect amount of kick.
Overall, Dragonfly’s service was very attentive, the restaurant was immaculate and the food was delicious. Despite Gainesville being populated by numerous Gators I look forward to stopping in at Dragonfly the next time I am in town.
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