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Return to Le Poisson Japonais, Palo Alto

Melanie Wong | May 1, 200203:48 AM

On the spur of the moment I ended up at Le Poisson Japonais for dinner tonight with a friend. It was his first time and a return for me. To simplify ordering we went with the $29/person omakase and were bowled over by how good the food was! I was also surprised at the quantity too - not something that's common in Japanese restaurants. We had six different plates of seafood to share, and only one (freshwater eel) was less than excellent. The albacore was so fine we added an order of nigiri sushi with ponzu and garlic chips at the end, as well as an order of japanese mustard greens that had a bitter cleansing note. I was especially impressed by our sake, Wakatake Onikoroshi ginjo, which Kenji said means "devil killer"! With two desserts (one mango sorbet and one green tea ice cream) and 300 ml premium sake, the bill was $130 for the two of us.

This time the server was better informed about the preparations and sake selection. Time in grade has helped.

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