After a long day of eating in the Outer boroughs it was back home to Manhattan to finish my wife's birthday eating tour of the city. We ended up going to Sakagura because we knew we could order simply and cleanly while saving room for chocolate cake later in the evening.
The place was easier to get to than I'd heard and was fairly well marked. I was suprised to see it was in an office building that housed a temp agency where I'd suffered many a long day being hassled with typing tests and various other forms of skill assesment torture.
Luckily the place has that artificial yet not tacky ambience I dig. Dark and woody with a village theme, it washed away any bad memories of temp work and relaxed us for some. We ordered some scallops with grapefruit to start that were very sweet. All of the flavors were nicely balanced and they were some of the best scallops I've ever had. Everything was a bit blurry but delicious at this point but I remember having some mackerel with mountain yam, seaweed salad with sesame sauce, and a sweet dish of Grilled Japanese squid w/Garlic Soy Sauce. I've had a major squidtooth lately and this dish filled my craving well. It was probably my favorite thing, simple but done perfectly. A mouse ran by us toward the bathroom during the meal. It was so cute but I thought there must be a lot of diners out there that wouldn't think so and hoped he would go unnoticed by them. I brought it to the waitresses attention, thinking she might shoo him away so nobody would freak out but she just kind of shrugged and apologized.
Afterwards we headed home to finish the evening with a small blackout cake from Two Red Hens bakery. I was sad to see they didn't offer slices of all their cakes as I had hoped and had to settle for my wife's chocolate daydream. I'm not a chocolate fan and was hoping for a slice of something involving coconuts and layers of white frosting but no luck. The cake, despite all of the darkness was lighter than the cakes we usually have at Magnolia. It was almost like chocolate pudding in layers. Not a real deep chocolate flavor but enough sweet milky chocolate flavor to satisfy even the hardest to please chocolate cravings. A nice end to a perfectly filling day that would have been as fun even without all of the eating...well almost as fun.
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