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Tama Sushi-everything you already knew

fooddude37 | Oct 19, 2003 12:01 AM

Okay so this is the 50th positive review for Tama I'm sure. This was the second time I've gone there, got the omakase at $40/head. Wow. Was better than expected. The starter was a little appetizer plate with 5 cute "canapes" if you will, one sticking out in my mind was a jellied fish and scallion cube. I'm not into aspic and that sort of thing but this was incredibly fresh tasting and a very nice palate teaser. The others were good too, a good array of flavors and textures between the five of them. Next came the soup, which I remember someone here describing. It's a nice, smoky, rich broth with seafood and vegetables in paper, with a flame directly under the paper but not burning it. Interesting material. Next was the plate of sashimi, about 6 pieces (i think) of different types of tuna, all from the belly. One which Katsu described as the rolls royce, and indeed it was. I forget which type of tuna it was, but it was awesome. The next plate was three pieces. This was the only sushi (maki) for the night, one being urchin, another dungeness crab, and the roll in the middle was a rough/coarse mousse of urchin AND crab. Very very fun way to eat, sampling the separate ingredients and then together, everything fresh as can be. The last plate was the deal sealer: eel. I love eel. LOVE it. It was two pieces, one freshwater, cooked gently (steamed or lightly sauteed, at this point I was getting fuzzy from a couple Saporros) and the other was broiled, seawater, PERFECTLY dark, rich, brown, bacon-y. Excellent contrast. The freshwater had this amazing pungent, tartness coming from it that I realized was from some paste that Katsu had put on. I asked him about it and he said it was like a pepper tree paste or something. Exotic flavors. Everything was just solid. The buildup from the light app, rich smoky soup, velvety buttery tuna belly, rich, foie gras-like uni and crisp dungenesse crab, and then bold finish with the eel made this meal one to remember. For two omakase, a few beers, tax and tip, we walked out at about $115, a steal in my book.

Go here if you haven't already. And do recommend other great omakase, I'm getting into this...

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