Monday, March 11, 2019

A Super Hiro for Multi-course Tasting Menus in Vancouver

The same person that will blow a wad of cash on several small plates at a hipster restaurant will turn around and say that a tasting menu of the same number of dishes at a Japanese restaurant and same or even less cost is just too expensive.  This $65 omakase was good value for me. 

The food here is exquisite in flavour and composition, and I found it to be almost a therapeutic exercise in appreciating the purposeful design of each of the dishes.  The service was really amazing as well, and I loved chatting with the two women and the chef who came out often on this quiet stormy night.

I believe in your super powers, Hiro. Please continue your good work.

See below for my photos. Unfortunately, it's a bit fuzzy in my memory and I can't remember which fish was in each dish, but it was all wonderful in taste and texture. I'll go again soon.  

Potato Salad (which is very popular in Japan and in Korea)

Sashimi Course

Fish Close-up

The omakase included so many types of fish that I had never had.

Brie is melted on this fish dish.

The restaurant was empty on this stormy night with extreme winds.

These pieces of fried fish were served with a delicious broth, and the servers said that it could be poured in, or dipped in on the side or whatever I wanted. I tried both, and then I drank the rest of it. It was served in a beautiful mug with a handle after all, and I wouldn't have wanted it to go to waste.

The nigiri sushi was amazing and was topped delicately with other flavours as you can see. 
One of these was compliments of the chef.

Even the pickled ginger on the side was a bit different with some herb mixed in with it. 

Green tea mousse or something like that. Vanilla ice cream, berry sauce. 

Fast Food and Biscuits

New honey-butter biscuits

Just in case you have the impression that I only enjoy high-end food, here is some fast food that brought me perhaps a disproportionate amount of joy recently.  New to my area, here are the honey-butter biscuits from Church's Chicken.  There are other fast food companies, like KFC, that have biscuits in other areas, but don't include biscuits in their menu here in Vancouver because it's not really a thing here like it is in the south. Having lived in Georgia, I appreciate a good biscuit, and I'm I'm sure other Vancouverites would too. A new biscuit-centred restaurant named Chewie's Biscuits has recently opened in Kitsilano, but I haven't had a chance to try it, with their limited hours that conflict with my work schedule.  Plus the biscuit I'm looking for would be light and fluffy.  We have scones here which are sort of a dried out, harder, sweeter biscuit that people have at breakfast or with tea (though if they are done well, they don't have to be as dry and puck-like as they normally are).  

To be honest, the biscuits pictured above were not that light and fluffy compared to the style of biscuit in the south, and actually they were considerably shorter than those in Church's advertising photos, so it might have been an execution issue, but it was soft and airy inside, and the top is crunchy with that honey butter-glaze all over, and I honestly enjoyed it.  They kind of look like my latest attempt at making my own biscuits where they didn't puff like I wanted them to, but they were still tasty.  Maybe it's my scone heritage that allows me to embrace these (metaphorically, the honey-butter glaze would stick to everything otherwise).

Also, the chicken skin was so perfectly crispy this time.  I remembered to ask for all dark meat as the Main St. location seems to err on the side of overfrying in my past visits.  

My cat sniffing the biscuits for me.  She walked away afterwards.