AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Something Amazing DATE: 12/19/2009 08:11:00 AM ----- BODY:

The other night, in need of a little pampering, I took myself to Oishii... I sat at the bar so I could watch the sushi-chefs work their magic.  But the Truffle-Hamachi Make distracted me into a "When Harry Met Sally" moment.

When I recovered, the couple next to me was struggling to understand and order from the menu.  I felt bad for them since they seemed to expect a more traditional, "American-Style" Japanese experience.  And I felt bad for the sushi-chef as he struggled to understand and accommodate their special requests.

I watched longer, the chef vacillating between indulgent creativity for a table enjoying the chef's tasting (omakase) and the restrained obedience of tuna tartar.

Most intrigued by the omakase, and desirous of something more, I asked the chef to make me "something amazing." 

Indeed he did! Five spoons arrived on a plate... each filled with a most delightful taste -- scallops with fried taro threads, a slab of tuna with mango and tempura seaweed, uni with ponzu foam, sea bream with ginger-daikon salad and otoro with truffle and gold leaf.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Melissa DATE:12/20/2009 01:46:00 AM Amazing indeed! I wish I had already developed a relationship with a good local sushi chef as you have at Oishii. Maybe when I move I'll make the effort right off. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types DATE:12/20/2009 09:00:00 AM Love appetizers by the spoonful! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Fresh Local and Best DATE:12/22/2009 10:46:00 AM These sushi pieces look and sound amazing! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:12/22/2009 01:21:00 PM Melissa -- It's never to late to build a good relationship with a favorite sushi chef.

T.W. -- Me too! Though, I probably could have eaten several spoons of each.

Fresh Local and Best - The last one was my favorite. ----- --------