Now I love sushi, and often eat it for lunch at home. I think I could eat it everyday if possible and I ate it for two meals yesterday.
Last night’s dinner was something else. It was my first time to a real sushi restaurant in Japan. You enter this restaurant through a small garden. I wanted to stop and take pictures, it was so charming. Next they took out coats and offered us a table or the bar. As we came in they were all yelling some kind of welcome. It scared me a little at first. At other various times during the meal they would all yell things out – I have no idea why.
Of course I wanted to sit at the bar. Sitting at the bar means you get a bar menu, and order from the sushi chef, but you also get to watch the sushi in development.
We ordered sets with 6 pieces each. The chef cut each of mine in half, which was amazing. I could enjoy each bite instead of worrying about how to keep my mouth shut while chewing. Each person had a wooden base, which a smooth top as a plate. When they chef finished each piece, he just put it directly on the plate.
Our chef was grating wasabi – the big green root right onto a special kind of wasabi grater. It did not taste like powdered wasabi at all. It was strong and delicious. Also, every piece of sushi came out perfectly seasoned with something. There was no need for soy sauce of any sort.
We ate three kinds of tuna, one kind of salmon and some other fish I did not know. Apparently I will be studying my fish names. Amazingly the salmon roe “ikura” which are pretty standard on NYC menus, were beyond delicious. Generally I find them fishy and salty. These were a dream. I wanted to order another. Then there was the sea urchin “uni”, Its orange ovaries are the delicacy. I did not like this, surprisingly Dean did. I hope to acquire this taste.
Dean ended the meal with some miso soup which had tiny delicious clams in it. I just ended with green tea. It was delicious and perfect.
Here is the conversation that ended our meal:
Linda: “Our chef was terrific”
Owner: “I hope so, he is my husband”
Linda: “How nice to be married to such a talented sushi chef!”
Owner: “My father was better”
LInda: “Maybe don’t mention that to your husband?”
Owner: “Oh he knows, he was my fathers trainee. What fish was your favorite?”
The restaurant was called Fukuzushi and is located in the Minato-Ku section of Roppongi. www.roppongifukuzushi.com Continue reading