every bite (and sip!) we had was excellent - i can't even name a standout dish or two like i normally do. everything was super fresh, expertly executed, beautifully served.
i love-love-loved the japanese caviar, which came with sake; the sea bream was fresh and bright; the giant iwagaki oyster had such a lovely brine complemented by the yuzu and shiso.
since we ate at the counter, our server was also our bartender and he recommended great drink pairings to go with every part of our meal.
the silky tofu and sea urchin had the creamiest texture, and the fresh wasabi gave it a wonderful and unique pop. the dengaku was sweet and umami, with just a hint of char; even the iron pot rice with a few pickled sides was perfectly cooked and really high quality.
if i absolutely had to pick a favorite from the evening, it would probably have to be the broiled mackerel, though james and i debated (without reaching a conclusion) whether the grilled pork was better.
we ended our meal with red and white bean filled pancakes and some taiwanese whiskey, and were pleasantly surprised by a complimentary off-menu dessert: black ice cream! it was very complex - sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy - a delightful and fitting end to our meal. i can't wait to go back, especially since i read somewhere that a chef's tasting menu is in the works, and you know i love a good tasting menu.
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