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Chikubu - ChikuGREAT!

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Chikubu - ChikuGREAT!

Wingman | Nov 17, 2005 08:04 AM

My girlfriend treated me to a great dinner at Chikubu last evening and I wanted to share the highlights with you guys.

We started off with the most unusual thing I have ever eaten - baby bees in sweet honey soy sauce. To answer your question, yes the dish was actually baby bees! Pretty interesting texture to those things but I couldn't get the scene from Tommy Boy out of my head as I was eating them.

We then shared the Futimaki (sp?) roll - delightful giant sushi roll that completly hit the spot as far as appetizers go.

The crab dumplings were the highlight of the aps though! Man were these things freaking great. Very thin dumpling skin and the filling just burst with flavor, came with a wusabi mustard and soy sauce for dipping. My only complaint was the dish included only 3 dumplings - i could have had 100!!!

For entrees she had the shrimp tempura in miso broth (similar to udon) and I had the eel mixed with rice. Both dishes were absolutley outstanding and I agree with another hound who said that the eel is the best they've had.

The eel comes out in a large hot pot sitting on top of the rice, the server then added sauce and mixed the whole thing together on the table - kind of neat. At the end of the meal for the last scoop you add some wusabi for spice and a clear broth (not sure what it was); this dish is now one of my favorites of all time.

All that food, a large flask of saki and a saparro came out to $87 bucks - not bad!

I highly recommend this place as it was some of the most interesting and tasty food I've had. Although I may be slightly biased since I was with great company :).

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