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nami nami in mountain view

snewdl | Jan 8, 2007 05:07 AM

I had quite an interesting meal at a new Japanese restaurant on Castro Street, in Mtn View, called Nami Nami. What caught my eye was their menu: it's completely different from the pedestrian sushi & udon menu (though they do have sushi); instead, they offer items like beef tongue, duck breast, and drink "snacks," like squid with squid liver.

I ordered the beef tongue, and was surprised by the presentation: two generous slices of tongue in sauce, topped with pillowy "clouds" of finely shaved raw onions and what appeared to be fine, red threads--they looked like giant saffron. It took me a while to identify the threads as very thin pieces of red pepper skin. The tongue was quite good, too--though a bit difficult to handle with chopsticks.

My wife got cod: a snowy-white piece of cod on a bamboo leaf. The cod had been broiled until the skin was crisp, and there were intriguing garnishes: a piece of dried persimmon, an unknown red pickle, black "beans" on a bamboo sliver. And guess what? The fish was tasty!

We also tried duck breast with mango, and a salad of chrysanthemum greens with tofu skin. Both were quite good.

Service was a slow but courteous--they're obviously still trying to find their rhythm. Anyways, I hope they do well, and I'll be back to try the rest of their menu.

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