Sushi of Godly Gari
- The TastyLlama
As a certified chow-puppy and hound in training, (son of Eric R; hope that doesn't prejudice poeple against me... much,) I was treated to my high school graduation present; omikase at Sushi of Gari.
While the experience was not entirely personal (there were four other omikase customers at the bar) that didn't distract from the amazing quality that flowed forth. I made sure that only sushi would come (no sashimi, not as much fun) and though I didn't restrict any ingredients (s'all good) I made sure I'd get some unagi; eel has always been a persoanl favorite. Soon after, the sushi started coming.
The toro with tofu sauce sticks out in my mind, a glorious experience. I would never have guessed tofu without help. The fried oyster was hot, crunchy, thoroughly enjoyable, and something new to me. The fried scallop was a treat, but a major chunk of heaven was the Toro Taki, a chopped, marinated tuna (i think... don't quote me on that.) It was amazing, a reason to go back all on its own. A suprising yummy comestible was the tomato slices on top of light cream cheese on top of salmon. A very enjoyable Japanese bagels-and-lox. One of the larger items, a slab of cooked fish (salmon, I believe) lightly salted, was a wonderful, even filling, piece (important, considering price... I'll let that out later.) Something else very new to me, fried monkfish liver; very fatty, nicely salty, exceedingly delicious. A very unique item (I've never heard of anything like it before) was a piece of mackerel, topped with a small leaf, topped with what was vaguely gathered to be "vinegar jello." The combination was incredible, beyond words. Rock shrimp (another new taste for me) as well as small, raw shrimp, were both unbeatable. Shrimp tempura, in handroll form, was another special treat. Ah, I'd nearly forgotten my first quail egg; smooth, cool, and glorious. Although he was hesitent at first, (considering my status as an extreme non-asian, i suppose,) my insistance got me a piece of uni (sea urchin, for you silly monolinguals out there) which was far superior to any I'd had before. I finished with my highly desired large piece of eel; pure ambrosia, I can still taste it.
Hope I didn't leave anything out, it's all worthy of special mention. On interesting note is the handrolls... not conical, like most, but cylindrical. Not a huge difference, but was actually better, as it accented the perfectly toasted seaweed wrap. Additionally, nearly every piece seemed to have a sauce/marinade built specifically for it. All were perfect, all were glorious.
If you live... on the East coast, really, there's no greater Mecca for sushi connisiours (spelled wrong, for your convinience.) The price came to about $85, so it's no everyday expence. From what I've heard, though, it's actually cheaper and even better than the famous Nobu. Get there soon, before Gari runs out of his pure, 100% divinity. Better to go on a Thursday or Friday, by the way, as their fish shipments are on Thursdays. See you there... but the seat at the corner of the bar is MINE!