Or Delmar Loop.
My rather uninmaginative group got together and I got to pick, so we went to 609.
Eight of us and five ordered the chicken and two had the green tea encrusted mahi mahi. I had the duck's breast.
The chicken looked good, it came with a ravioli of some kind, bok choy, and rice.
The two people who had the mahi mahi liked it a lot. No problems with the bitterness of the tea overwhelming the fish. It came with the bok choy and fried rice. they liked it.
I had the tuna trio. Very interesting very subtle flavors. The soy sauce and wasbi that came with the dish did not overwhelm the fish. The Poki like tuna with curry was my favorite. It is amazing how the curry spices enhances the flavor of the tuna and cuts through the fattiness nicely. Those tuna poki came with julienned veggie slaw that did well complementing the tuna. The sliced sashimi was very nice and encrusted with some very nice spices. The spices really did well with the fish, again, nice complement to the tuna. The tuna rolls were less successful. Too much rice and not enough tuna or nori.
The duck was rare, slightly too fatty, of course this is duck, so I chalked it up to duckiness and enjoyed it. The duck came out very rare and was quite flavorful. The sauce with portabello mushrooms was unbelievably good, once I tasted it, I understood the dish. Too bad they didn't give me enough sauce to properly complement the duck. I had the ubiquitous bok choy. The starch was a fried cake made up of noodles fried in an egg batter with julienned onion. Very tasty.
Prior to the dinner, they brought out a chef's treat. It was a potato salad on a bed of celery root salad. Not bad, pretty tasty.
The chocolate chocolate cake wasn't what was expected. They enjoyed it but they were expecting some thing big, brown, and coma inducing.
Overal the cuisisne was subtle, sometimes too subtle for some, but the rewards to your senses from the 609 experience is well worth being more perspicacious.
By the way, i am not big on minimalist restaurant designs, but this is an awesome space, very nice, very bold but also understated. The lounge next door is beautiful and very very cool. It definitely fits the University City ethos.
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