I was always hesitant to try kato because of their tiny portions and for FOLH™ (Fear Of Leaving Hangry.) But now with their newly introduced 9 course tasting menu i figured I’d give them a try. They also stopped serving their supplemental courses (they’re opening a new “fast-casual” place) so your only choices are the 6 or 9 course tasting menus.
Unfortunately the portions are still small and i still left hungry after 9 courses, 3 orders of bread and over $100 after tax and tip. Fortunately the food was tasty and shunji is right down the road.
Highlights were the corn, softshell crab, trout, and duck.
corn, truffle, yolk
I felt like a giant eating this, this came in a bowl the size of a tea cup. The yolk had that perfect texture between soft Play-Doh and warm fudge. The corn had a nice subtle sweetness, but the single shaving of truffle was just ornamental.
hamachi, cucumber, scallion
Buttery and soft
tuna, beets, plum
A little too sweet with beets, not bad.
burrata, xo, celery
[half] softshell crab, basil
Perfectly fried and crispy crab with chunks of sweet meat. If anybody sees the other half of my softshell crab walking around please let me know.
ocean trout, cabbage, eggplant
Pillowly soft sous vide trout, very good.
duck, kelp, mushroom
I’m pretty sure this was sous vide-ed again. The duck could have been warmer and skin crispier but the flavors were “on point.”
crab, conpoy, nori
Banging continues at Shunji
kusshi oyster, meyer lemon ponzu, fermented chili paste, nasturtium leave, daikon
fried tapioca fritter, brown butter soy, uni
flavors of taiwanese stir fry - raw spot prawns, raw snap peas, roasted shell vinaigrette
chilled silken tofu, “fish fragrant”/yu xiang sauce, shiso, smoked trout roe
slightly poached in olive oil ocean trout, crispy skin, eggplant, black vinegar, fermented chilis
steam turbot, relish of scallion and ginger, chinese broccoli, kohlrabi, soy and fish bone broth
grilled octopus, shacha (taiwanese bbq sauce), herb salad, shacha fried rice with dried scallop
frozen yogurt, chewy grapes, sorrel and grape ice
sweet potato boba, cheese foam, frozen & shaved brown butter sable cookie
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