Had dinner at Daisho last night -- pre-ordered the bo ssam and the fried chicken dinners.
Both the pork shoulder and the fried chicken were cooked beautifully. Both were tender and juicy and I loved the coating on the chicken. The condiments complimented the meats nicely. The lettuce leaves were fresh and crisp. I did think the scallion pancakes were too thick and large and didn't do much for the chicken, but no matter, I just skipped the pancakes and enjoyed the chicken. The sides were tasty -- we ordered the brussels sprouts and the rice cakes. There was a bit too much fish sauce in the brussels for my taste, but they were cooked perfectly and I loved the puffed rice in them for the crunch.
The sake from the brewery in the Distillery District was quite nice and very easy drinking and went well with the food. And it came in a 1.8 litre bottle, so what's not to love?
Service was fine -- the army of support servers kept our water glasses full and the dishes cleared. Our main server was there when we needed him. No complaints there.
The evening was going great.
And then we ordered dessert. We ordered the apple dessert and the sugar pie. First of all, they might want to clarify on their menu that the pie is a whole pie, not just a slice. The $27 price tag does give it away, but for those not paying attention, it might come as a surprise. The apple dessert had some nice textural elements, but the apple filling was oversalted to the point where it wasn't balanced in flavours. It wasn't awful, just not that good.
But the sugar pie...oh, the sugar pie. It comes topped with freeze dried (or dehydrated, I'm not sure) spearmint chunks and meringue chunks. Why? Why would you put spearmint on a sugar pie? They tasted like crispy toothpaste. And given how badly toothpaste messes with flavours, why would you mix it with your dessert, especially sugar pie, which has nothing in it to suggest a mint pairing? The most telling aspect was we had 9 people at dinner, and at the end, we had 8 half (or less) eaten slices of pie on our plates and 1 totally untouched piece of pie in the pan.
OK, rant over about the pie (but it was really bad).
Overall, I had a great evening. The large format dinners are a lot of fun with a group of friends. We definitely splurged by ordering two dinners, so the price point was a bit high. But if we had just ordered the bo ssam, I probably would have walked away feeling like there was good value in the dinner.
So I do recommend having dinner there. But please, skip the desserts.
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