O.E.C. Japanese Express
2438 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
OEC Japanese Express is a moderate size establishment located in a shopping plaza located on a very busy corner; difficult to get to. The returning customers attest to it being worth the effort. OEC Japanese Express is exactly what you would expect from a Japanese eatery. Polished chrome and glass cover the day’s fresh fish ready to be sliced and served in your favorite roll or sashimi. Immaculate countertops afford the guest to sit in front of the cabinet and watch their order being made or you can sit at a booth or tables. A few additional tables are available out-of-doors, under the shade of ancient oaks should one desire al fresco dining.
The staff is friendly and attentive and keeps a watchful eye just in case you want something, they don’t overdo it though, so you can dine without interruption. The menu is quite extensive and offers a wide variety of rolls, sashimi, soup, yakimesi (fried rice or noodles), tempura, appetizers and much more. Daily lunch specials are available for $6.99 and include a bowl of miso soup or house salad. They also offer hibachi meals for both lunch and dinner or you could try a bento box; all excellent choices.
I decided to try the Sushi Lunch Special. You get to choose two maikzushi rolls from a selection of over 30 different rolls. A soup or salad is included. I chose the avocado roll and the California roll and miso soup. My brother opted to get the vegetable tempura also $6.99, this usually comes with white rice but he chose to have fried rice in its place. My soup was delicious. It included several nice size pieces of tofu, along with a generous helping of seaweed and thinly sliced scallions in a very flavorful broth. My rolls were expertly rolled and the ingredients fresh and tasty. The avocado roll was nori side out and the California roll was rice side out with the nori wrapped around the crab and avocado; it was topped with masago, capelin roe. Wasabi and pickled ginger accompanied the plate and the size was adequate to satisfy my hunger.
The Tempura vegetable platter was delicately battered and nicely golden brown and served with two dipping sauces; one sweet and sour and the other similar to a creamy salad dressing. Both were very flavorful. There was a nice assortment of broccoli, sweet potato and squash in the dish. The fried rice was alright, nothing special, but ordered out of curiosity to what it was like.
The offer the usual soft drinks, hot or cold tea and serve beer, wine and sake, they do offer for those of us who are really watching their waistline a “healthy food” choice menu featuring steamed Chicken, Shrimp and vegetables dishes. You can dine in or take out and they do deliver if you live within their delivery area, delivery is free but there is a $15.00 minimum order requirement. Open Sunday-Thursday 10:30am-9:30pm and Friday and Saturday 10:30am-10:30pm, give them a try I am sure you will be pleased.