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December 7, 2009

KAI (822 Madison Avenue, New York, NY (212) 988-7277‎) is located right under a tea shop. In order to get to this restaurant, one must go past the door man, through the tea shop, and upstairs to the restaurant. We were promptly seated in a very elegant, quiet 18 person area.

We all chose the winter prix fix menu ($85), an 8-course menu.

We started off with the “Zensai”, simmered monkfish liver with grilled chestnut, grilled pompano, and herring roe with seaweed. The monkfish liver, a Japanese specialty, was unbelievably tasteful.

Next came the “Owan”, a traditional clear soup with snow crab shinjo with ginger, Japanese parsley, and yuzu. This was a very refreshing soup with the perfect essence of the crab, ginger, parsley, and yuzu.

A cold dish, “Mukouzuke”, was served afterwards. It was a sashimi assortment, specifically yellowtail, fluke, and red snapper. Simple and delicious after the warm soup, it was the perfect step to the midway point of the dinner.

A beautifully cooked dish, “Nimono” then came. A simmered red snapper with turnip yuzu and Komatsuna Green, this dish was amazingly cooked and the snapper was perfect.

Another cold dish then came, “Oshinogi”, which is Koyuki Sushi with sweet vinaigrette daikon radish, shiitake mushroom, and shiso. The perfect change in temperature filled our stomachs well.

For the “main” entrée, I picked the Mishima beef steak. Cooked medium rare, this steak is considered to be rarer than Kobe beef. The steak was amazingly marbled and tasted amazing.

After filling up on beef, nothing was better than getting “Oshokuji”, a bowl of cold Inaniwa udon. The consistency of the udon noodle was perfect.

At this point, my stomach was completely full, but we still received our desert, the “Kanmi”, typically housemade sweets. This turn around, we received fresh fruit with homemade ice cream.

An amazing dinner, I would definitely recommend it to people who can splurge a little.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Disco Asian permalink
    January 11, 2010 3:08 am

    Your omakase dinner sounds very delicious! Especially the Mishima beef steak.

    • Hiroki permalink*
      January 11, 2010 3:01 pm

      It definitely was. Didn’t think I was going to like a steak as much as A5 Kobe.

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