Apparently there’s no dedicated Raku thread. How is that even possible given the love on FTC?!
Anyway, the anomaly ends now.
My dinner here last Monday was solid as usual but I wouldn’t mind doing away with most of the chicken yakitori.
Fresh tasting and smooth but not quite at the level of Mori’s in LA in terms of creaminess and pure soybean flavor. But it’s still very enjoyable with the various combinations of condiments
Shima Aji and Bluefin Tuna Sashimi
Shima aji is superb tonight. Firm and buttery with a touch of sweetness.
Butter Sauteed Scallop with Soy Sauce
I prefer my scallop cooked a bit less but the medium well scallop here is simply delicious when paired with the accompanying garlic-soy-butter sauce.
A bit overcooked for a thigh but flavorful.
Chicken Teba Wing
Wing is a bit bland and it’s slightly overcooked resulting in a rough texture. @JLee I liked your grilled wings much better.
Its firm white flesh and delicate flavor reminds me John Dory.
Yellowtail with Glazed Soy-based Sauce
Fatty and buttery flesh goes very well with the sweet and salty soy glaze.
Kurobuta Pork Cheek - Highlight
Intensely porky with a very satisfying chew.
Kobe Beef Fillet with Wasabi
Tender with mild beef flavor as can be expected of a fillet. But this “Kobe” beef isn’t the real stuff for sure. It’s probably “Kobe” style American beef.
Kobe Beef Outside Skirt with Garlic
This cut is much more flavorful especially with the punch from the garlic chips.
Kobe Beef Tendon
It’s only grilled on one side which creates a crispy texture to contrast with the gelatinous nature of the rest of tendon.
The dashi based broth has an incredible depth but the agedashi tofu has lost all crispiness by the time it reached us which defeats its purpose of having a crispy crust and a silky interior as contrast.
Tsukune-Grilled Ground Chicken
Fan of chicken meatballs will crave this.
Steamed Foie Gras Egg Custard
I miss my foie and this silky egg custard infused with foie is oh-so-satisfying! What’s that slightly chewy slice of duck doing on top?
Duck with Balsamic Soy Sauce
Sweet and sour duck with depth from MSG ladened soy sauce? Sold!
Apple Marinated Lamb Chop
I prefer my lamb chop having a bit less gray band but that’s nitpicking! The center of the chop is cooked to a perfect medium rare. Look at that juicy beauty!