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Taku - Omakase - YES! (somewhat long)

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Taku - Omakase - YES! (somewhat long)

David B | Feb 18, 2006 09:49 PM

I have to write this while it's still fresh in my mind. We had a great chow day today. Started with cheese steaks at Wogie's on Greenwich - awesome - more on that on the Manhattan board.

We ventured out on this frigid night with the idea of trying the Omakase at Taku and we were not only not disappointed but completely blown away.

The Omakase is $45 a person and is six courses including desert. Started with Edamame and kim chee (complementary) and some hot sake from their extensive selection.

First course was (i) charred green beans and (ii) mixed seaweed for each of us. Delicious.

Second course was six oysters on the half shell with, I think, bacon and shallots. A huge treat as it's not on the menu.

Next came the Black Cod with pickled sharon fruit (for me) and Snapper with shitake mushrooms, onions and soybeans (for her) - we shared and were in paradise.

Fourth was the Sesame Crusted Shrimp with spicy dipping sauce (a special request from us - we've had them before and they really rock!!) Yum!!!!

Next was the Hanger Steak topped with tempura-battered onion rings - the steak was tender in an amazing sauce and the onion rings were to die for.

As if that's not enough, we ended with a chocolate pot de creme (for her) and homemade chocolate ice cream with Thai chilies (for me) - again we shared (although I really was attacking that pot de creme).

All in all one of the most satisfying and surprising meals I've had in a while. Service was impeccable and I can not encourage you enough to experience this.
Tab with a large sake and a few glasses of wine was $125 plus tip. I shook the head chef's hand and thanked him profusely. There's also a chef's table/bar that I want to try next that looks like a lot of fun.

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