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Ame Report (long)

Pavement2112 | Dec 13, 200502:12 PM

For my wife's b-day, we tried dinner at Ame. My wife really likes seafood, especially Japanese-style seafood. Ame was the perfect place for a real mixing of Japanese and "Western" food.

Highlights were:
Staff meal of squid noodles: the squid was perfect with a firm texture. Quality of uni was very high - I liked it and am not a fan of uni

Fluke crudo: Well-done with the lemon flavored olive oil and salt. Enjoyed some kubota sake with it.

Tako carpaccio: My wife was not overly impressed with it. Everything was good, but it was not too inventive. She is used to eating octopus, so maybe she expected more .

Oyster fricassee: This was awesome - it reminded me of the oyster/caviar dish at French Laundry. The oyster flavor permeated the beurre blanc, and it is quite strong.

Chawan-mushi: Another great dish that tasted like a classic chawan-mushi. The chef did not do too much with it - it was just quite solid. The uni in it was lightly cooked and added the perfect flavor. Portion size was large.

Eel matelote: We split this entree and it was dense. Layering of flavors here: foie gras, matsutake, risotto, eel.

Service was friendly and gracious. If you like Japanese flavors and preparations, this restaurant is perfect. The Japanese flavors are incorporated into the dish without being obvious. I like Ozumo as well, but it is more overtly "Japanese."

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