rest of the excellent menu. love how all of the returning dishes are even more dialed in than last time: clam broth with the scallop was even more intense, ensui uni was bright and sweet, scales on the tile fish were perfect.
the new kinki was good, but hard to top the dungeness crab consomme it replaced.
Not only is Iwashi Toast going to be bite of the year, but Corridor 109 could be best new restaurant too. There are no misses.
Let’s play stock up/stock down (from last month)
Spot Prawn & Caviar Tartlet packed with more flavor Jeju Island Fluke with Ensui Uni probably the biggest mover in terms of how much improved it was (the original was very good) but the uni was just on another level tonight Scallop with Herbal Clam Broth scallop was expertly cooked, but damn this broth was one of the best I’ve ever tasted, it was so rich and flavorful–a big improvement over last month Iwashi Toast Just as good as last month, i.e. best bite in the city Kinki with Yamaimo I really loved this and nearly licked the plate clean of the yamaimo (the best prep I’ve ever had of the ingredient) Katsuo with Pesto despite a slightly smaller portion of pasta, I think it was actually better because there was a more even balance of tuna to pasta and the flavors still put it at 1b (to Iwashi Toast’s 1a) Nagasaki Red Tile Fish now perfect with every scale on the fish cooked through Abalone Risotto wonderfully earthy and more satisfying with bigger chunks of truffle Pixie Mandarin Sorbet This was legit incredible–hardly anything needed to be done to it because the flavor of the fruit was so intense
Chef Brian continues to be one of the kindest and most humble chefs. Don’t sleep, by the end of the year this is going to be one of the hardest reservations to get.
I don’t know if there’s much I can add at this point besides my agreement! I really enjoyed the meal and definitely want to fit in another visit (or two!) this year!
A couple of notes:
Iwashi Toast - Met the hyped up expectations and was an amazing bite!
Abalone Truffle Risotto - My #2 of the night! Rice in the liver sauce with truffle had such a depth of flavor.
Some very delicious broths tonight as well.
Agree with prior comments that dessert was the weakest part but was still a nice touch and not the focus of the meal. The focus is seafood which he is doing an amazing job with here. Agree with rlw that from my end there were no misses and overall a really great meal!
So scored Corridor 109 reservation (and had to make a painful choice to cancel Kato I had for the same night). Going for the 2nd seating. Want to get DTLA earlier so that I am not late to my Corridor 109 dinner because of traffic. Where can I get a nice cocktail near Corridor 109?