The Cat’s been wanting to try for a while. The Cat invited an associate (since the associate’s mother was out of town).
Yelp reviews were positive, pictures looked appealing. The restaurant took over a long closed American contemporary eatery (Palomino). I guess to save costs, very little renovation was done (I think they even used the old furniture).
Two appetizers looked interesting. Crispy Tofu with Quinoa and Dungeness Crab Cake with Truffled Egg Tofu.
The crispy tofu app was not bad: hijiki seaweed, kinpira, asparagus, cucumber, tomato, sweet onion sesame vinaigrette. The crab cakes was okay, deep fried crab cake, chilled egg custard crispy ginger & onion, black truffle dashi-consomme. Yelp pictures had the dish garnished with shaved black truffles. What’s missing from our dish on the right? No truffle garnish (couldn’t fine the crispy ginger and onion either). Dish got altered between Yelp pictures and our dish … sooo very sad. :(
Things kinda went downhill from there. Don’t get me wrong, the food was pretty good, we just had higher expectations.
Sizzling “Gin Mutsu”: pan seared chilean seabass with warm spinach & kale ohitashi, sizzling sweet black bean sauce with yuzu vin blanc. Big (huge) plate syndrome.
Two Way Saikyo Yaki Butterfish: served in a sizzling stone bowl with asian herbs, simmered shimeji, shredded nori and dashi consomme. This dish was another Huh? We thought the butterfish would be prepared two ways. No. The dish comes with a pot of dashi. You can eat the dish dry or pour the dashi over like chazuki (just my opinion, kinda lame).
Nori “Tsukudani” Ahi Katsu: celery roots puree, grilled asparagus and shiitake served with sweet soy foie gras vinaigrette. No celery roots puree, couldn’t taste the soy foie gras vinaigrette either. Sigh.
Japanese cheesecake and green tea molten lava cake. Maybe our palates are unrefined, we didn’t get the concepts.
Oh well, got to catch up with D, The Cat got to try try.
Overall, kinda underwhelmed tho’. Not bad, just not very impressed from all the hype. Maybe if we didn’t see the pictures and read the reviews, we might have a better perception … but … have to experience some rain to appreciate rainbows. :)
Enjoy. Eat well.
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