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First Restaurant after coming back: Hama-Ko

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First Restaurant after coming back: Hama-Ko

Mike Lee | Jan 20, 2002 06:25 PM

Well i am finally back from my LONG vacation in Asia. I seriously ate up a storm! I will post some memorable reviews in the international board when i have free time. But i must give my fairness to the first restaurant i ate at when i came back.

During the spring/early summer i have been to Hama-Ko at least two times a month after reading Limster's praise of this neighborhood sushi place. After my return, I am very surprised that they still remember me. I came in at about 9:30pm last night after the bitterness from Raiders losing in New England. The first thing i noticed was the crowd. Many of them seemed like "regulars" there and the place was crowded! Most of the times i have been were fairly quiet with only two to three tables. Many of the tables seems to know the place really well and can carry on a conversation with the chef. Very surprising. Because of our late arrival we were notified that there wasn't enough rice for a meal. My friend and I was pretty much left stranded with the idea of leaving for another place. But then i came up with another idea. I asked if we can just have a full course sashimi dinner without rice and they gladly accepted the offer.

This is the first time i had a full on sashimi dinner and i must say it was GREAT. The chef felt really bad that he was able to make sushi for us because there was no more rice so he made a really special sashimi dish. We had a generous portion of tuna, yellow tail and salmon which made up the core of the sashimi dish. Very generous portion, and these three fish was prepared just as how i remember it from before. Then came the specialty of the course. The chef threw in some toro, saba and a clam in which i believe was the red clam, not really too sure. The saba was made the toro and saba was always the delight to have. Especially in this dish. We had a fairly good portion which satisfied my complete craving. The saba was soft, smooth, and very buttery. The toro was also very refreshing, especially during the winter, the toro seems softer than usual and just melted in my mouth. The most special part of this sashimi dish was the clam. I am thinking it was the aoyagi but i am not too sure. But this clam is basically the cut at the tail. So it was very chewy and crispy at the same time. Not only that, but the texture of this clam is amazing. Before he served it up and he actually bounced it on the glass counter in front of us to show us how fresh it was. I was very amazed at that point and couldnt wait to try it.

Overall, despite the drawback that we did not had rice to try the sushi dish he made. He compensated with the best sashimi dish i have ever had! In a way, we were very lucky. I was completely satisfy and cannot wait until the next visit.

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