Sunday, May 08, 2011
That's the slow cooked tuna belly we feasted on last night. It's bigger than it looks in the photo. It was a bargain at $28. I've had two little pieces of toro (tuna belly) at a sushi bar for $15 and this was like twenty times the quantity. This part of the tuna I think of as tuna butter because the meat just melts in your mouth and is all rich and buttery. The restaurant is very small and we arrived 20 minutes before they opened to find a line 12 people deep waiting to get in. Most of the customers waiting were Asian so I knew we were in for an authentic treat.
The shrimp okonomiyaki was to die for. I haven't had it since I was treated to it by my Japanese students four years or so ago. The best way I can describe it was that it was like a party in my mouth. I'm drooling just thinking about it. We also had octopus skewers (the tenderest I've ever had) and tuna and salmon tartare. Oh and a pitcher of Sapporo. I feel like we have our own Nobu here now at a fraction of the price. Serge and I are planning a Hong Kong (where we met) slash Tokyo (where I've wanted to go forever) trip for our twentieth anniversary and I can not wait to pig out in Japan.
I still want to go to Nobu when we are in New York City in a couple of weeks even though it costs the eyes of your head to go there. (That's a little French expression that doesn't quite translate.) Oh and I got tickets to Priscilla Queen of the Desert - second row orchestra! (Thanks to commenter Jeffrey C for the link! The Book of Mormon was over $275 for a ticket, so we opted for the campy and got tix for 35% off. Now we don't have to wait in line at TKTS) At that distance from the stage we'll likely be sprayed by singer spittle and hopefully this will prevent Serge from falling asleep like he did last time we saw a musical on Broadway. (I'm still flabbergasted that he did that, but he can sleep anywhere in any environment it seems.)
Well, I've got to get a move on. Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful mom and to all the moms out there. We really couldn't exist without you! Oh and one last thing. An old pic of Georgie that was gathering dust in Serge's iphone. The tuna picture above was taken with his phone since I didn't have my camera with me and the Georgie pic was an added bonus discovery. Have a lovely week peeps!