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EN Japanese Brasserie review

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EN Japanese Brasserie review

jessica | Feb 2, 2006 12:40 PM

Went to EN last night (there were 4 of us). Here's my take:

drinks: had the lychee w/ sparkling wine while waiting to be seated (had a 7:30 reservation, got there early). Really good, nice subtle lychee flavor. Continued with more sparkling wine at the table (cordoniu pinot noir). excellent- who doesn't like a sparkler?

Food: we just shared everything. Edamame, warm fresh tofu, tuna and avocado salad, chicken meatball hotpot, crispy fried chicken, beef tataki, black cod w/ miso, grilled pork shoulder, garlic fried rice.
The edamame was interesting because the beans themselves were just so big! not in a bad way, but they were definitly larger that the ones I get frozen or even in other japanese restaurants.
Loved the chicken meatball hotpot and the warm tofu- these were definitly the highlights. The tuna and avocado salad was nice too- the tuna (raw) melted in my mouth. yum.
Enjoyed the garlic fried rice which had an "of the sea" flavor due to some seaweed on top. We all loved the apple-ginger dipping sauce that came with the tataki and the meat almost reminded me of the tuna in the tuna nad avocado salad, just seared and perfectly rare in the middle.
As for the cod and pork: these were very good as well, simply prepared, cooked just right.
Didnt really like the fried chicken...The piece I had was dark meat (which I hate to begin with) it was vein-y and tough. blech.

Service: the service was very good and the waiters seemed to know the menu well (ie we were deciding between two pork dishes and helped us decide, describing the various sauces and how to use them).We weren't rushed at all. They brought the dishes out one at a time with just enough time in between. The fried rice took the longest to arrive, but I think that is because they may have forgotten about it.Eventually, though, it came.

Though I was definitly full at the end of the meal, it seemed to me that there was not too much of a size difference between the "small" and the "large" dishes that we ordered--the cod was so good, maybe we should have ordered two of them (it is two pieces per serving). Also, the chicken hot pot only came with three meatballs (although I'm not completely certain), perhaps they could have taken into account that there were four of us and put in an extra meatball or divided the meat different to make four (we had, after all, told them we were sharing everything).

Although I didn't pay for this one and didn't see the bill, the prices on the menu seemed very fair. Overall, it probably wouldn't be my first choice if I had to choose a place to go, but, eventually it would be fun to go back and try more items.

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