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Our favorite, Sushi Izakaya Gaku.

Menu Cover

Menu Cover

 

The Cat's Shōchū and Sake sample

The Cat’s Shōchū and Sake sample

 

Shoyu Marinated Daikon

Shoyu Marinated Daikon

 

Fish Bone Crackers

Fish Bone Crackers

 

Oysters on the Half Shell

Oysters on the Half Shell

Highpoint of the dinner (the oysters).

Chawanmushi (Savory Egg Custard)

Chawanmushi (Savory Egg Custard)

 

Hamachi Kama

Hamachi Kama

 

Spider Roll (Soft Shell Crab Tempura)

Spider Roll (Soft Shell Crab Tempura)

 

Steamed Vegetables

Steamed Vegetables

Even the tomatoes were slightly steamed. Yum.

Kabocha

Kabocha

 

Hamachi Nigiri

Hamachi Nigiri

Another highpoint of the dinner.

Azuki Beans with Mochi Balls and Green Tea Ice Cream

Azuki Beans with Mochi Balls and Green Tea Ice Cream

 

Yuzu Sorbet with Lilikoi Gel

Yuzu Sorbet with Lilikoi Gel

The yuzu sorbet, awesome! The lilikoi gel, not so much, just okay.

That ends the weekend of eating. Now back to our regular programming. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Pre-Shucked Oysters

Did you know you can purchase pre-shucked oysters that are still in their shell? I didn’t. Sunday night, K, handed me an oyster shucking knife and asked me to shuck the oysters. I’ve never shucked oysters before in my life (just ate ’em). She must have seen the terror in my face, because she started laughing and took the knife away. The oysters are pre-shucked still in their shell and taped shut. All I had to do was take off the tape and open them. Whew!

Shucked Oysters

Pre-shucked oysters, learned something new again. Here’s the link to the brand: http://www.goosepoint.com/productsOystersPressure.html

Adventure continues.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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Here’s the Thanksgiving dinner as mentioned in the prior post. Our friends and mentors invited us for Thanksgiving dinner.

Sign

They wish to remain anonymous, anonymous they will remain. It’s an old and prestigious club. For Thanksgiving, it was tents, and buffet tables.

The Buffet Area

An impressive spread. Didn’t want to offend anyone by taking pictures of  the buffet lines, we were guests after all. So, pictures of food on my plates, and even then I was a little wary.

Mouse's Buffet Plate

Ginger Kabocha Soup

There was turkey (of course), prime rib, ham, oysters, fish, and salads galore, oh my.

Raw Oyster

Since the first pass was with our hosts, they made sure that we got traditional pieces of turkey, ham and prime rib. On the second trip, I was on my own. I politely asked the carvers for the bits and pieces (I think that’s where all the flavor is).

Prime Rib "Bits"

Turkey "Bits"

Parts of the crispy skin and “crusts” that fall off during slicing, yum.

Dessert was also pretty amazing.

Dessert Plate

The bottom left is a apple pie, I scraped from the plate the remnants from other guests (to make the buffet line neater, goes down  the same way).

Hope your Thanksgiving was full of thanksgiving and food.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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Oyster Jun

The other week, our local newspaper ran an article about this restaurant.  More specifically, the article feature a new dish the restaurant was offering, oyster jun. I’m mostly familiar with meat jun and fish jun. Thin slices of beef or fish, marinated or not, dipped in an egg batter and fried. Apparently jun is a local phenomenon as some other bloggers came to the same conclusion here and here.

Anyway, after reading the article, I wanted to try it. So today, I skipped my normal lunch place and meal and headed there.

Menu Cover

Notice in the upper right corner, the restaurant has been around since 1989. Several people have told us about this place (favorably), but we’ve never had the chance to try it. The same people have told us that it can get a bit smoky, maybe that’s why it wasn’t high on the priority list.

Anyway, I decided to go for lunch when they opened, reasoning that the air should be cleaner (it was).

I think the oyster jun is still too new a dish, it wasn’t listed on the menu, I had to ask the server if they had it (they did). Yay.

With the oyster jun, I got rice, soup, and a whole bunch of banchan.

Rice, Soup, Dip, and Banchan

Among the notables were mochi logs in kimchi sauce (upper top left), raw crab in hot sauce (upper middle), and a savory custard (center). I wasn’t too fond of the mochi dish, it was okay. The raw crab was very good, the sauce was the key. The custard was excellent (I saved it for last). It reminded me of the Japanese custard/omelet (tamago) I love.

On to the main event, the oysters.

Oyster Jun

A dozen egg battered oysters, very yum, very rich and indulgent. It was a bit pricey for lunch (13 dollars), but when you consider the amount of food, it was worth it.

I even stayed loyal to my regular lunch place, picked up a bento for dinner. 🙂

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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