The sort-of SO and I went to Fugakyu for lunch today (it was a tossup among that, Oishii Sushi, and Lotus Blossom). I must say it was one of the most wonderful meals I have ever eaten. Pretty pricey, but maybe that is par for the course for these little dishes, and we really didn't have to be such gluttons. Here is a rundown of what we tried:
Spicy Lobster Miso Soup got the meal off to a very auspicious start. The perfectly cooked lobster chunks were accompanied by the normal tofu, scallion, and seaweed, all in a slightly spicy miso-enriched broth, which tasted like it might have been made from lobster stock instead of dashi. The SO thought it could have had a bit more lobster "base", but he then quickly added he would be perfectly happy to make a meal of it. $8.50 for about twice the amount of miso soup one normally gets.
Beef Tataki (under appetizers from the Sushi Bar) was thinly sliced pieces of very tender, very rare beef accompanied with a ponzu dipping sauce. This was pretty tasty but not as tasty as a similar thing I had in Tokyo (and have been thinking about for the 20-ish years thereafter). $8.50 seemed pretty expensive for the amount of beef, but no regrets.
Seaweed Salad was an extremely beautiful dish, consisting of at least five different types of seaweed. It provided a lovely counterpoint to the other dishes. $5.25 for a fairly small amount.
Tamago (under Nigiri Sushi) is my daughter's favorite, so I had to assess it. This was a fine rendition. $3.00 for two pieces.
Louisiana Maki (under Makimono) contained fried crawfish, avocado, scallion, and Cajun mayo and was very yummy. They were too big for me to eat comfortably though: the whole thing was much too big for me (but not for my companion), and you could not bite them successfully. Visions of scalpels come to mind.... $6 for six pieces.
Mushroom Tempura Maki (under Makimono) sounded just plain odd but intriguing. It appears that the mushrooms received the tempura treatment and then were wrapped in seaweed and rice. Boy, what a nice texture that unexpected crispiness gave these morsels. This was my favorite item, although everything was sooooo good. They were slightly smaller than the above, thank goodness. $6 for six pieces.
FuGaKyu Japanese Cafe
621 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20)
Lunch: M-F 11:30-2:30; Sa 11:30-4
Dinner: Su-Th 4:30-9:30; F + Sa 4-10:30
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