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lunch at Tsukasa

Jerome | Jun 6, 2002 07:23 PM

So I had lunch at tsukasa. I've been going there long enough that he knows what I like (usually go with the same friend, so he knows what we both like). Here's the rundown - opening offered dish at sitdown, type of seaweed with light ponzu-y sauce (dark dark non-kombu seaweed, don't know the name).
Started with ankimo/monkfish liver sashimi on kombu. Always good (actually everything good, so here's just the list).
A fish called Isaki, never had it before, sashimi. Firm flesh, light flavor.
Aji-tataki - slivered Spanish mackerel sashimi.
A lovely roll that he made spontaneously and gave us and someone else seated at the counter - nori enclosing a sheet of cucumber spiral-shaved off the gourd, enclosing shiso/coltsfoot/perilla leaf, enclosing Men-tai-ko/spicy codfish eggs - then sliced then. We each got two slices, the other guy got three, since he made seven.
Nibo-goro, a type of fish gelatin or aspic - two slices.
Sazaya - a large whelk like sea snail, steamed or roasted (I don't know done in kitchen) then served hot hot hot on a bed of salt on laquered dish. Like a big French bulot if you know it. Could eat most of it with the chopsticks. What I couldn't get out (maybe 10%) the chef was kind enough to knock out of the shell. Also quite good.
Negi-hama (scallion and yellowtail meat chopped finely in sushi roll, 6 pieces per order) fresh as always.
One order kohada sushi.
A few more orders of nibo goro for my dining companion.
Sea urchin hand roll for me.
And for dessert, a green tea ice cream for my dining c and an order of mirugai/geoduck/giantclam for me.
We also had two miso soups and tea.
Total without tip and tax for two (nice alliteration) about $57.

HOWEVER, they have set lunches of good quality, sashimi or sushi or chirashi sushi (sushi tane spread out over deep dish of sushi rice) from about $9 to $13 every day. I hadn't been in a while and the selections at the bar are so good, I felt like a treat.

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