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New Blue Ribbon Izakaya and Sushi

foodwhisperer | Jun 13, 2012 10:25 PM

The space is quite nice, located on second floor of the Thompson LES hotel.
I was never a fan of the old Blue Ribbon sushi, but I think they upped their quality of sushi.
The sushi and sashimi are excellently prepared. All 4 sushi chefs, are Japanese, and seem very smiled. They are friendly and have a good assortment of fish. Of particular note, was the Kindai chu toro, which melted in your mouth and was delicious. The Aji was amazing, expertly cut into small pieces that were laid along side the head and skeleton. The bones and head were later fried and were delicious. The omakase is only $75, a bargain I think. I will try that next time.
The hamachi tataki tartare with a quail egg on top was quite good. The little dish of jelly fish I had went well with my sake.
Now, on to the cooked things.
The Kushi Yaki Skewers were great. The Mountain yam with Macadamia Nuts tasted great with a little spiciness to it. The sea scallop in miso butter skewer was fantastic.
The bone marrow with sea salt, shaved bonito and teriyaki sauce was quite good.
The Beef Tongue with black truffle, shitake and teriyaki was amazing. It had the feel of filet mignon. It was tender and just so good. That is the best beef tongue I have had in a Japanese restaurant. Far better than the beef tongue that Kyo Ya served.
The Sweetbread Tempura was done very well. I chose to eat it with sea salt instead of the ponzu they offered.
There are several different rice dishes to choose from. I chose the squid ink rice with squid strips in it and served with uni on top. This was a very tasty dish, prepared well. I was in the mood for squid ink rice, after talking about Venice food on another post.
I had no room for dessert.
The waiters and waitresses were very knowledgable of all the dishes. They gave service with a smile.
My only complaint was there was a big delay after the first course and then many dishes came at the same time. The restaurant was busy and I am sure that the way the food was served isn't the usual.
I will surely be back there, as there are so many dishes I didn't get a chance to try. I was really happy about the sushi being top notch. I attached some pictures. I rushed the shots , so I hope they are appetizing, I ate a couple of dishes before I remembered to photograph them . I was so hungry.


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