Started with a yummy Beacon roll, which consists of fresh crab, smoked salmon and avocado wrapped in a skin made of cucumber. Each piece was topped with a cube of ponzu gelee, which melted as each piece was eaten.
Then I had the mushroom salad and my friend had the chicken kushiyaki. I loved my salad - oodles and oodles of fresh mushrooms (shitake, woodear, enoki, etc.) stirfried with a nice crisp salty finish over a bed of delicately dressed greens. It was topped with spicy almonds and cubes of manchego cheese. (Had the cheese been grated, it would have blended better with the salad.) The chicken kushiyaki was as good as grilled chicken breast can taste. For my entree, I had the udon with braised pork belly and bokchoy. YUM! The pork belly (no surprise) was delicious - soft, fatty, and singing with soy and brown sugar notes. The broth was also great - dashi, soy, mirin wine, and some sort of bouquet. My friend had the miso-glazed black cod, which was as good as the cod Ive had at Nobu. The greenbeans were coated in a cold seasame sauce - they were delicious but nothing spectacular. For dessert, we had a chocolate cake with an almond anglese sauce. The sauce was fantastic, but the cake was uninspired. Rich, chocolaty, and good, but it was something I could easily make at home.
All in all, a delicious meal and a great deal for the price. 70 for the whole meal, including two large Sapporo beers (tax and tip not included.) I will definitely return and meanwhile, will dream of that braised pork belly.
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