Chef’s Night Out
Omakase pt. 4 (final)
1. Ruby Snapper #akamutsu
2. Goldeneye Snapper #kinmedai
3. Giant Clam #mirugai
4. Salmon Caviar #ikura
5. Spanish/King Mackerel #sawara
6. Sea Eel #anago
7. Maine #Lobster Temaki
8. Sweet Omelette #tamago
9. #Yuzu Sorbet
Having completed the course, I would say that it was definitely a worthwhile experience: High class setting, intimate enclosure, possessed a zen-like ambience throughout, clean and rehearsed presentation. Rice was, as expected of the Nozawa brand, set to a meticulously measured and perfected recipe: soft, light, and deliciously seasoned. (I’ve been to Sugarfish, and regardless of how you view their representation of sushi, their rice was on point.)
We got to briefly chat with Fujita-san after our meal, and he laid down a few standards when representing Nozawa. They really stick to equality for every customer, even if it meant wasting edible bits of fish. If every customer pays $175, he hopes every one of them get the meal’s worth. I didn’t appreciate the fact that they don’t utilize those bits for stock or meal for employees. There are specially made sauces for every dish, because every fish has traits unique to each their own. Using the same sauce for all wouldn’t do them justice.
Finally, the entire assembly line of cooks for saucing and plating was something I wasn’t onboard with, although I am already aware of its prevalence in other classes of cuisine: efficiency. I am a firm believer of chefs being able to create a dish all on their own, as having multiple people removes the power from a singular individual. It IS my personal preference to adhere to one chef for a more personal experience, but then again, what restaurant doesn’t embody teamwork? Teamwork makes the dream work, am I right?
All in all, I love the style of the bar, the atmosphere, and the cleanliness of service and food. Deliciousness, there wasn’t much to complain about. Philosophies are to each their own, wasting food is just a pet peeve of mine.
Solid marks all around. Thank you Chef.
#sushi #sashimi #nigiri #omakase #nozawabar #chefsnightout - 2 hours ago