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underwhelmed at Hangawi


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underwhelmed at Hangawi

suzanne camhi | | Apr 11, 2002 09:16 AM

First visit this past Tuesday. All in our party had the Chef Special Emperor's meal with Steamboat. First we were seated in the front of the restaurant close to a large computer screen and a ringing phone...not very Zen-like.
All courses were presented in rapid procession.
The porridges, spinach/corn and pumpkin were the highlight of the meal. Smooth and slightly glutenous.
All other courses were all comsumed the flavors were very subtle and nothing really stood out. The main courses...mountain yam, a fried starch served over shredded daikon and carrot with a sweet ginger sauce or portabella mushroom stuffed and also fried were served along with the "Steamboat". This was a modified hot pot of weak vegetable stock with little bits of walnut, green vegetable,mushroom, a sweet kind of fruit nut that looked like a cranberry. The wooden spoon didn't quite fit into the hot pot with the flame burning in the center which made it difficult to eat...once accomplished it wasn't really anything
special. Dessert on the prix fixe menu was a very nice mango sorbet. No tea was offered.
Was there something special that we missed?????