I just had lunch at Kiriko with a colleague. Instead of getting the omakase lunch special as usual, we decided to order ourselves. The reason was that my colleague had been raving about a soft shell crab dish she had for dinner the other night and she wanted to see if we could try it at lunch. Although it is not normally served at lunch, Ken-san said he would prepare it. Because we had that, we decided to just order a few pieces of sushi and sashimi to accompany it. So here is the rundown:
Smoked salmon sashimi. Kirikio smokes its own salmon and this is the best Ive ever had. The slices are reasonably thick, with a nice smoky flavor, but not overpowering. The freshness and flavor of the salmon comes through.
The Soft shell crab came from the kitchen next. The two pieces were fried, but in a light batter. With it was a curried risotto with different types of mushrooms inside. This was amazing. The crab was perfectly cooked, with a nice crispiness on the outside, but wonderfully soft on the inside. It had a soy-vinegar dipping sauce that was a nice complement. But the risotto made the dish. The curry flavor was subtle and the mushrooms inside the pilaf were almost surprising when you came across them. My only complaint was that it was hard to get every grain of risotto using chopsticks. While it probably is not available at lunch, I highly recommend heading over to try it for dinner. It really was an outstanding dish (and better than the tempura soft shell crab I had at Lucques last night).
The four orders of sushi we had were up to usual Kiriko standards: red snapper with yuzu zest and sea salt; melt-in-your-mouth bonito with a light ponzu sauce; Japanese scallop also with yuzu and sea salt; and seared toro, with the fat carmelized to perfection and served slightly warm.
Total for two with tea, but before tax and tip, was $65. Pretty reasonable considering the soft shell crab probably was probably a dinner entree, and thus alone was probably 1/3 of the total cost.
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