Last Friday evening, went with a date to Furutoshi, in Nishi Azabu. This was my second visit, and her first, to this trendy fusion restaurant.
For appetizers, we ordered the tempura sushi roll, and the tsukune spring roll. Both were very, very good.
My date, who is Japanese, had never had tempura sushi roll, and it was wonderful watching her skeptecism morph into sheer delight during her first bite. The addition of perilla leaf to the sushi roll makes for a delicious taste sensation.
The spring roll, which is really just minced, seasoned chicken encased in the spring roll wrapper, and deep fried, is also a treat, and the dipping sauce is cloyingly complex, enhancing, but not overpowering the flavor of the spring roll. Still haven't figured out what is in the sauce. Next time I go, I'll have to just ask.
For our main courses, she had the grilled red snapper, served with sauteed veggies, on a bed of mashed potatoes. Well, the snapper is actually served on a large mollusk shell, and the shell is then laid on the side of the spuds. The fish was tender, moist, and firm. Delicious.
I ordered the cajun pork tenderloin briochette, also served on a bed of mashed potatoes. This pork is so flavorful, and well, tender, that I would return to the restaurant just for this dish. My date loved it even more than I think I did, and she isn't a big pork eater.
The restaurant has a rather extensive wine list, and since my date prefers chardonnay, we got a bottle of Matanzas Creek '97. I'm not a wine expert, but this was a very nice bottle of wine.
If there is any aspect of the meals that needed a LOT of improvement, it is the mashed potatoes. While very flavorful, they are WAY too runny.
The entire meal, with wine, and including a couple of waiting-to-be-seated cocktails, came to about 17,500 yen, with the wine accounting for 7,500 yen of the bill.
The service is top-notch, the music is soft jazz, the dress is casual, (or more formal, if you are so inclined), and this is just a really fine restaurant for a date.