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Mother in Law Report #1: Wa Sushi and Bistro

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Mother in Law Report #1: Wa Sushi and Bistro

JudiAU | Jun 4, 2004 07:26 PM

My MIL is back in town.

Important facts about my MIL:
she lives in a small town
she likes to eat
she likes to drink
and she likes to treat.

Hurrah!

For our first dinner we went to Wa Sushi. I've posted, well, several times before about Wa but we had our absolutely best meal there last night and the restaurant was empty so I thought I would repost.

Also, if you aren't a regular it can be difficult. They have a very confusing menu.

We have had omakase several times in the past but there is so much food that it is difficult to feel good about yourself. Also true: Omakase is better value for a big eater.

This time we ordered old favorites and had the chef select a few things and created a really pleasing, light on the belly meal. They plated each dish separately, which was helpful.

No one should eat three huge crab legs in butter as one of seven courses. But one! Ah one!.

Two oysters nestled in ponzu gelatin with picked seaweed I just love this dish. Briny, slippery, very fresh. Eating this makes me feel famished and ready to eat anything!

Blue fin tuna sashimi, flash seared with hot oil topped with black truffle and scallion. Lovely aroma.

Yellowtail sashimi served with jalapeno, tomato salsa, and soy sauce gelatin

Lobster spring roll with lobster meat, shisho leaf, cucumber, wrapped in both a layer of egg omelet and rice paper with a tart and spicy dipping sauce. Exceptional. This was a new dish for me.

King crab leg with buerre blanc and sautéed zucchini, Japanese mushrooms, and salmon roe Umami!

Sushi: Astonishingly fresh Japanese scallop served with nothing but a tiny pinch of yuzu paste, Santa Barbara shrimp, absolutely ungarnished, with a lovely creamy quality, and the best toro I have had in recent memory.

Succulent deep fried shrimp head with ponzu sauce

Next up: another trip to Balboa to see if Best Ever Lobster can be matched.

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