Yamagata Omakase 06.27.19

Yesterday was planning on eating my meal prepped soup for lunch at work when I was asked by one of the HHI senior directors if I had specific plans for lunch. I did not so I told him no. He said then let’s eat lunch with the director of the lawyer team. I said okay and was asked what I would like to eat so I said either Japanese or American. So we went to Japanese restaurant called Yamagata. The director of lawyer team has been here before and knew that there was omakase suggesting we do that which is $55 per person. The director and I got sashimi omakase and the senior director got the sushi omakase. Unfortunately I do not have the picture of the sushi omakase but the plating was beautiful. It started off with a nice refreshing salad with the well known asian ginger salad dressing.

Then came out some snap peas with a hint of salt on top. Next to it is Agedashi Tofu. “( Agedashi Tofu (揚げ出し豆腐) is soft tofu coated with potato starch and deep fried so that the outer shell is crispy.  It is typically served with grated daikon, katsuobushi (bonito flakes), scallion, and grated ginger on top.  Then Tsuyu (sauce) made of dashi, mirin, and soy sauce is poured over the toppings and soaks the tofu to enhance its flavor.  If you like spicy, you can add shichimi togarashi to spice up the taste. Then came out some snap peas with a hint of salt on top. ” (credit to https://www.justonecookbook.com/agedashi-tofu-2/ for description).

After that came a platter of mixed tempura – shrimp and vegetables. I had the kobucha one. It was really good as the kobucha was sweet and tender inside with a light crispy exterior. Served with the usual tempura sauce and grated daikon option to put into the sauce).

Then came the main~ Below is the sashimi omakase platter. It was so fresh that I did not need to eat it with much soy sauce. Just dab of wasabi was good enough. All the sashimi had a sweetness to it which you can only taste with really fresh fish.

To finish came out some hot noodles in udon broth and ice cream for dessert.

It was a great filling meal. I would come again for the sashimi.

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