communal “dinner party”, very much like lazy bear. dinner starts with a standing"cocktail hour" with small bites and drinks. you’re then seated across from your dining partner at the 16 seat communal table.
a bit scripted with a few blunders.
solid but was expecting more wow bites given the price.
oyster, vinegar chili
we didn’t receive this with the rest of the group and had to remind our server. when it finally arrived my oyster came with an extra inedible plastic bead inside.
pork belly, octopus
"soondae", salted shrimp
spanish mackerel, "kakkdugi"
nice straw smoked mackerel, but was a big overpowered by the kimchi
dungeness crab, smoked ham, seagrass, truffles
truffle was an additional supplement
juk with crab, truffles, and foam. tasty.
sablefish, shiitake, bone sauce
highlight, loved the charcoal grilled fish that just fell apart with the slightest touch. wish they didn’t initially forget the delicious sauce made from the bones.
duck, honey nut, bracken fern
aged 9 days and glazed with ssamjang and maple. the duck was soft and tender with a crispy skin. highlight.
"galbi", pickle, jang, ssam
i was looking forward to this course the most but the beef from imperial wagyu wasn’t as tender as i was expecting. still pretty good.
abalone and anchovy rice, seaweed broth
my highlight of the night, loved the briny slight bitter baby anchovies with the tender braised abalone, so much umami. i just wish i could have seconds, thirds, fourths, and fifths, like at hayato. caution: may contain deliciousness. @Chowseeker1999, @NYCtoLA, @TheCookie, @foodshutterbug, @attran99, @Sgee, @A5KOBE, @JeetKuneBao
inspired by the citrus from jeju island, the milk ice cream was covered with a mandarin granita and candied kumquat. great refreshing palate cleanser. highlight.
black sesame, hazelnut, banana
can’t go wrong with this flavor combination @paranoidgarliclover
gotgam mille feuille
preserved hachiya persimmons layered with echire butter
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