Am totally thrown for loop that another Pam has begun posting notes here; henceforth I will identify myself as pam h. One must be distinguishable.
Had another wonderful dinner at Yanyu and will detail. But first my marvelous guest: my next door neighbor from my childhood whom I have not seen for 25 years. A total delight, as was the food.
We ordered the tasting menu (the $55 version) -- plus ordered lobster spring rolls to start (I insisted as is possibly one of my favorite things in the world.) Like a Vietnamese summer roll but with lobster and a chili suace for dipping.
Asparagus and crab meat soup , very hot to start. Normally I loathe this soup (in other restaurants) as it has the consistency of mucus -- this was hot enough that it had not congealed thusly and was very good, with fresh crab meat and crisp asparagus and a clear broth. Then a totally interesting appetizer: seared foi gras sushi. Rich, delicious, enough acidity from a reduced soy sauce (maybe hoison?). It was followed by a vegetable dish of some sort -- i think it involved sea weed but for some reason am remembering it as cole slaw with tiny bits of caviar in it. Then pekind duck (two crepes each) folowed by a sea bass nugget and then a small filet of beef. Dessert was for my date four sorbets -- the mango was sublime -- and for me three ice creams (ginger, coconut and a gritty green tea). A small glass of plum wine comes with it. You can also order a wine flight to go with the courses for an additional 20 bucks (4 glasses specially chosen). We both nursed glasses of pinot noir -- very good with the food -- we had already knocked back a bottle of merlot at my house.
So go! Eat at Yanytu! Save your pennies! Make reservations! It's unlike any other meal you are going to have -- sophisticated, leisurely, sensual, delicious.
and if you can take the boy who was your first kiss ever...well... :) so much the better.