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Dishes: Yi Cuisine on 3rd and Fairfax

Dommy! | Nov 18, 200505:30 PM

I have so much chow reporting to catch up on…my next couple of posts will be focused strictly on the dishes we ate! I will give this notice about Yi… great bar/lounge area, but they are SERIOUS about seating complete parties!!!

This dinner was all about comfort food… and so we began with…

crunchy corn and scallion fritters: I didn’t order this, and it tasted just like it sounds. Corn pancakes that was crunchy mixed in with Scallion. Nothing amazing, would not order again.

american kobe beef tartare tataki on caramelized rice cakes: I did order this. I love rare meat, but when this arrived, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting! It honestly looked like Hamburger Sushi!!! The meat was seared on the outside. Although the inside was indeed perfectly rare and I LOVE the crispy sushi rice it sat on top, it just didn’t come together like I wanted to it to…

spicy tuna with roasted jalapeno on pan seared sushi rice: Similar in presentation to the tartare above, but the tuna was indeed raw and the combo of crispy sushi rice made it ROCK!!! Would defiantly order again!!

honey-spiced tempura rock shrimp with glazed walnuts and radicchio: Very good! This was a favorite of a table of very picky girls. Hmmm…

roasted lamb chops (4) with a cashew and palm sugar rub: Served pretty darn rare, wonderfully soft, wonderfully flavorful, but not a touch gamey. In general I avoid lamb dishes, but this reminded me on how GREAT lamb can really be.

"crispy pata" confit of kurobuta pork shank deep fried and with a foie gras scented sauce: While I avoid Lamb, I am always DRAWN to pork. And this pork dish was the perfect example why. Simply, the best roast pork dish I’ve had that was not a Mexican preparation. Even my mother, the queen of Cochinita would get weak at the knees at this pata… and it was HUGE, so I got quite a bit of the tender, flavorful, and caramelized pork goodness….

And finally…

yi garlic noodles: Not a huge noodles person, but I still wanted to try since they were so recommended. And well… they were AWFUL. Mushy, flavorless, and added nothing to the meal!! Never again!

The wine list was decent and the cocktails very interesting and yummy, but not at all strong. The vibe inside is indeed trendy, but not overly so. Our waiter was very helpful and kind when some of the girls freaked out about the raw lamb…

I would defiantly return to explore the menu a bit more and if anything just to hang out at the bar, for a little lychee martini and a bit of Pata! :)


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