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dessert at jewel bako

apple | Sep 26, 2003 01:13 AM

it was the last course in the $85 tasting menu, right after a dainty scoop of lychee sorbet (oddly announced as coconut, but whatever). a fluffy mousse cake in the shape of a teardrop, with alternating layers of thick vanilla cream (with a wonderfully firm, gelatinous texture), thin sponge cake, and a glowing layer of apricot puree in the cake's center. all topped with a perfect raspberry. i haven't had a dessert cake this gorgeous, smooth, and uncomplicated in a long time.

about the tasting menu overall - now i really think that omakase or a la carte must be the way to go. the whole 7-course deal was fun (and looong), but the highlights of the meal were definitely the sashimi and sushi courses. the appetizers, while lovely to behold, weren't especially memorable.

i also have to agree with previous posts about their spotty service. they do try to be gracious, and mr. lamb presents his fish with a lot of gusto, but my goodness...after a quick flurry of courses at the beginning, there were huge lapses in service that became a little ridiculous. we waited a full hour for the sushi course to arrive, and the spacing in general could have been smoother. but it was a busy night. and the chutoro was awesome.

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