My wife and I used to go once in a while to
Sushiden on East 49th and eat at the sushi bar.
We always sat in front of Saito-san, whom I
think was the head sushi chef, and we always
ordered omakase (we'd let him choose what to
serve). He was an extremely creative sushi
chef, whipping up wonderful small sashimi dishes
that were to die for. He didn't serve just
slices of raw fish but would invent delicious
kobachi, which are appetizer-sized mixes of
fish and other seafood, vegetables, herbs
and spices that weren't on the menu.
Unfortunately, Saito-san left Sushiden a couple
of years ago. I went to the westside Sushiden
tonight and had an excellent meal with some
kobachi dishes prepared by another sushi chef,
but it wasn't the same as Saito-san's. Today's
sushi chef said that Saito-san is still in
New York, working in another sushi restaurant,
but he didn't know (or wouldn't tell us) which one.
Does anyone know? Thanks.
p.s. Tonight, we had the dobin mushi, which is
a matsutake mushroom-based soup and is only
available in the fall. It was sublime.