Nasu Dengaku – traditional dish of aubergine & miso.
I would happily eat this as a dessert, the eggplant half is charred and nicely creamy, topped off by a very sweet, caramelised miso glaze. I would imagine this is too sweet for some but it was fine by me.
Kushi Katsu – Skeweres of pork and red onion katsu with tonkatsu sauce.
The batter on the pork was too thick and overwhlemed it, the dipping sauce was again really sweet.
Soft Shell ‘Spider’ Crab Tempura Uramaki
The sushi was nice but not wrapped well, there was too much rice in proportion to the crab.
Ok, grateful for the discovery of the Nasu Dengaku.
Perhaps I’ve had too many of them, or maybe my taste buds have changed but I just can’t stomach these Salt Beef Beigels any longer. What used to be a deep committed love is no longer. I don’t enjoy the beef, I find it tough, stringy and with very little flavour, this explains the smothering mustard. The beigel itself is ok but I think I prefer my salt beef on rye which is available but previous experience has proven that it’s not very good either.
Gai Hor Bai Teay – Chicken marinated in garlic and coriander root and pepper wrapped in pandan leaves.
The chicken was overcooked and tough, like chewing on leather, very disappointing. I know you’re not supposed to eat the pandan leaves but I actually always find them really tasty, in this case significantly more tasty than the chicken.
Gaeh Yang – Char-grilled rack of lamb served with spicy dry chilli sauce and cooled steamed vegetables.
The lamb was another story, well marinated, smoky and nicely pink in the middle, a really tasty piece of meat. The accompanying sauce was well balanced between sweet and chilli. The vegetables were mediocre and cold, they had the life cooked out of them and tasted as though they had been sitting warmed for hours.
The grilled pork banh mi is better than the caramelised pork banh mi. Both were a little too heavy on the pepper. The pork was sweet and fatty just like it should be. I liked this far more than the roll I had at Broadway Market’s Cà Phê VN and have no complaints about the bread.