Boston chowhound hits Sushi Kaji
This is actually the 2nd time we've hit Kaji (the first was a memorable enough experience to try again :-)
There are 3 levels of menus, basically, small, medium, and large. There is no overlap, so we did one each of the medium and large (we went with another couple, so when looking at the sushi photos, keep that in mind). The first time we went was during the summer and there was a different variety of fresh ingredients (including live sweet shrimp), so that may have been a big reason we saw almost no duplicates of the menu items.
The first two photos below show what was on the menu. There were so many things we tried that I'm just going to cover our highlights :-)
The japanese egg custard was amazingly smooth and topped w/ fresh uni. There were a lot of japanese herbs in the various dishes that one of the people we went with (he's from japan) explained to us and the herbs added a nice touch to each of the dishes. The yuzu jelly on top of the raw oyster was a great alternative to the typical hot sauce at oyster bars. The toro scraped off the bones was amazing (makes me wish we didn't waste it with the tuna we caught a few years ago)-:
Even the udon noodle soup was refreshingly fresh tasting. The citrus custard w/ fruit dessert was refreshingly light, and the espresso jelly cup satisfied the coffee-holics (this was the only repeat dish we rememberred from last time).
The only negative we had was the tea was typical of sushi restaurants. Our japanese friend had corrupted our taste buds by showing us how green tea is supposed to be prepared (you use a cooling container and a tea soaking container so you don't burn the tea leaves), so it was obvious to us that the tea leaves were burnt or had been sitting too long in hot water :-P
Overall, a great experience again and chow-worthy for an experience with a japanese master chef. Apparently, word is getting around. The previous time we went, half the restaurant was filled with japanese businessmen, but this time, most diners were non-japanese.
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We went recently and had the Takumi as well. Everything was excellent, but if I had to pick, the highlights were: the lily bulb pumpkin soup, octopus sunomono (with vinegar jelly), oyster with yuzu jelly, scallop sushi with pepper sauce, and the yuzu custard. If I had a single criticism, it was the aburi toro sushi had too much going on, and overwhelmed its subtle toastiness.