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En Japanese Brasserie - long review

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En Japanese Brasserie - long review

halo | May 18, 2005 04:24 PM

my wife and i had dinner at En last night. made resv for 2 for 7:30pm on our way downtown so getting a table was no prob. the room is HUGE even for a tribeca restaurant. ceilings are about 25 feet high and tables very large and spaced out. they seated us at the bar in full view of the open kitchen which we did not mind.

the menu was very diverse and so we opted for the $100 tasting "omakase." there were $60 and $80 options as well but we wanted to try the wagyu beef which was only offered at the $100. each were 7 courses but the quality of the dishes was what differed. also ordered a sake from the niigata region.

first course: an arrangement of 4 little appetizers with different sauces all had no or close to no flavors in itself but the combination of texture and the different sauces made it very interesting. included was the homemade tofu. it was good but not amazing... i've had better in LA.

second course: 2 sticks of a soft textured gelatin goo also covered in a miso and a korean red pepper sauce. interesting and ok but at any other non-japanese restaurant it would barely be the amuse. sort of felt jipped buti remembered this was a japanese restaurant and small portions are the culture.

3rd course: 1/2 lobster cooked under a salamander covered with mayo sauce. i was a bit disappointed because this is a very standard japanese dish. nothing unique about it but it tasted good so no real complaints.

4th course: mushroom soup in clear broth. included cremini, oyster and 2 others which i cannot recall but it was a very good soup. felt jipped again that 1 course was just a soup...

5th course: wagyu beef grilled at the table on hot stone. the beef was very tenter and flavorful and the 2-3 ounces they gave, i felt was pretty standard. very happy with this dish except that the sauce they had accompany with the beef was very boring. tasted like watered-down soy sauce. luckily i just used the sea salt they provided. very good dish and the highlight of the evening.

6th course. sushi. about 5 pieces and a salmon/avocado roll. reminded me of nobu. very underwhelmed but we did not have high expectations since this was not a sushi restaurant.

7th course: dessert. forgettable. pretty bad.

total for 2 including a bottle of sake came out to $275 w/o tip.

the service overall was very lacking. food was slow. no one there when we had questions about the menu. and overall, our waitress didn't seem very nice. she was polite but didn't smile the whole time we were there... anyway, food was ok but not too creative, restaurant itself very roomy, way too expensive for what they serve, and service not too good. i won't call it a bad restaurant but i will not return nor will i recommend it to anyone... thanks for reading!

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