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Kiriko dinner omakase - finally (but I'll make this relatively short).


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Kiriko dinner omakase - finally (but I'll make this relatively short).

kevin | Oct 15, 2012 09:05 AM

One appetizer plate: smoked salmon wrapped around sweet mango topped with caviar, ankimo lobe topped with ponzu jelly, and a mashed fish appetizer (almost gritty like liver).

Next appetizer plate: bonito sashimi with garlic chips and ponzu, kanpachi sashimi, and razor-thin sliced scallops topped with a dab of wasabi and lemon juice.

Each of the pieces of seafood on each of these plates were very tiny.

Sushi (I may be forgetting one or two pieces and these are not in the proper order necessarily):

One piece of blue fin. One piece of chu-toro.

One piece of salmon sushi. One piece of king salmon sushi.

One piece of sardine sushi.

One piece of albacore belly sushi. One piece of yellowtail sushi.

One piece of kinki sushi.

One piece of salmon eggs wrapped in nori. One piece of sea urchin.

One blue crab handroll.

One piece of tamago.

One piece of live sweet shrimp.

One piece of the fried shrimp heads.

One large order of sake Ozai or Oraki (sp ?)

Two thin slices of halibut sashimi topped with smashed black truffle (which I added to the omakase).

Scoop of matcha green tea ice cream (also added to the omakase).

The meal was pretty good overall, and I'm glad I finally tried the dinner omakase but it's just not worth it for the price. And for relatively the same price if not cheaper, I could have had a much more exceptional meal at Shunji's, which in my opinion now has some of the best sushi in town even beyond his cooked dishes.

The hits for me of the Kiriko meal were:

the Hokkaido scallop sushi which was deliciously fresh and sweet.

The Uni which tasted perfectly of the sea and was just appropriately briny.

The standard smoked salmon wrapped around mango.

The tamago which I always love since this is my kind of tamago, or rather the sponge-cake like tamago.

Most of the sushi left me non-plused except the few mentioned above. But the prices at least to me did not warrant the higher prices here.

Though, truth to tell, I'm not a regular or frequent patron of Kiriko especially not during the dinner hour so perhaps my omakase was not as exceptional as others. Once again, at this price range, I'd rather stick to my other favorites around town. Yet, I might visit again just if I'm ordering a few pieces and maybe an appetizer plate. Or more likely during the lunch hour.

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