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Celadon: a positive experience

citizenx | May 6, 200810:01 PM

Went for the first time tonight. It had to be early (7pm) since my friend has early starts. I'd never been and for the most part, was very satisfied. Started with the tuna tartare lollipops. I was expecting one or two, but there were 5 in the $15 order. Basically a tuna mixed with something mayo-ish stacked with rice and sandwiched between nori that had been dipped in tempura flakes. Each pop was atop a bit of seaweed.
Next was hamachi with jalapeno citrus salsa. A tad difficult to eat with chopsticks but good. Third was grilled octupus over a very tzazki tasting cream, pine nuts and olive oil. Very mediteranean. Last, we had the decontructed scallop tartine. 4 scallops each topped with a crispy crust, lardon and shitake. Two quail eggs and some undetermined sauce made it really good. Sorry. Didn't pay all that much too ingredients. Too busy catching up. I had three different glasses of sake. One was a junmai ginjo and I was surprised when I was asked if I wanted it hot or cold.
Dessert was the chocolate souffle. It was very good but was a molten cake NOT a souffle.
Definitely japanese fusion. Don't expect exquisite flavor combinations.

Four tapas/plates, 5 drinks, and a dessert was $162 before tip. There were never more than 4 tables occupied while we were there and that was fine with me. I'm not sure staff could keep up with more. At one point I had to ask the busboy to see the sake menu again.

I will be back but would keep with off hours.

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