Dinner at Oishii tonight was fairly impressive. Started with a passion shooter, which was wonderful. Uni, quail egg, soy, and tabasco. A little heavy on the soy, but a great lingering aftertaste with the richness of the uni and the heat of the tabasco.
Next was toro "tata". I've never heard of tata, but it seemed just like "tartare" to me. It was similar to the classic version at Nobu but not quite as good. While it was certainly good, the toro sufferred from being too cool, and a bit stiff. Tasty, but not worth the $17 price tag.
Probably the best dish I had was the Mini Shabu Shabu. A plate of raw squid, scallops, tuna, hamachi, and salmon sits beside a small cauldron of steaming broth. The broth was fairly basic -- though I couldn't identify it. Well, most of you know the rest. Swish around a piece of the fish in the broth for a few second, dip it in the soy sauce, and enjoy. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish. The fish cooks so quickly (seconds) and you can control whether you just want the broth to "sear" the fish, leaving the inside cool (my favorite), or whther you want it cooked through. Really tasty. Melt in your mouth good. SO hard to pick a favorite among the five fish choices, too. They were all very good. At $10, I found it reasonable, too.
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