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Degustation - New Chef

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kathryn Jan 28, 2012 08:40 PM

Just saw this from Danny Meyer on Twitter:

"Getting reacquainted with Degustation. New chef Jasmine Shimoda bringing fresh, smart, delicious energy to an old favorite. Don't miss."

Any CHer been back recently?

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Degustation
239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

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    foodwhisperer Mar 6, 2012 07:27 PM

    What is the real story? I have seen this woman at Degustation before. So after looking at the picture a CH'er posted I looked at her resume. Jasmine Shimoda has been the executive chef since September. I thought it would be fair to post the rest of her experience besides sous chef at John Dory. so I did so below. The resume came from Linked In. I did eat there in November and the croquettes were good, but the other dishes had problems with flavors that did not go together. I will try again this weekend. She did work at Chanterelle , which I loved and also on the line at Aldea.

    Jasmine Shimoda's Experience

    Executive Chef
    Degustation
    September 2011 – Present (7 months) NYC

    Sous Chef
    John Dory Oyster Bar
    October 2010 – October 2011 (1 year 1 month) NYC

    Tournant
    Morimoto, NYC
    October 2009 – November 2010 (1 year 2 months)

    Line Cook
    Aldea
    May 2009 – October 2009 (6 months)

    Line Cook
    Chanterelle
    May 2008 – May 2009 (1 year 1 month)

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    1. re: foodwhisperer
      kosmose7 Mar 6, 2012 07:55 PM

      Just curious... If none of the dishes except only one impressed you, what makes you go back? There are some restaurants that are not just for me despite all the positive reviews by many people. And the probability of getting satisfied with the place that did not previously impress me at all is very low. I would rather go somewhere else.

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        foodwhisperer Mar 6, 2012 08:23 PM

        I have been going to Degustation since it opened. Perhaps the chef was just not settled in yet. Perhaps the chef was using someone else's recipes to keep the menu similar but didn't get it right. It's been a while, so I will try it again. I usually try a restaurant 3 times ( with same chef) before pssing final judgement. I eat at Jack's luxury oyster bar often, I eat at Jewel Bako often, I eat in his restaurant up in New Canaan, CT. I'm a big fan of Jack and Grace, so I'll give Degustation another shot. Worst case scenario, i'll get an extra order of the croquettas

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          kosmose7 Mar 6, 2012 08:34 PM

          I see. Well, in my case dining out is for fun, so I was just wondering why one would go to the trouble of revisiting unimpressive places. Any way, I dined at Degustation for the third time and it was my first time to try Jasmine's dishes. There were hits and misses, but then considering the price, I tended to become more generous and I enjoyed it. :)

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            foodwhisperer Mar 6, 2012 08:55 PM

            I dine out more than most. Probably 7days a week most of the time. Fun is great, and when I go with friends it is for fun. Sometimes it is for sustenance. In any case, I like variety, and Degustation can fit the bill and worth a try. If I dine alone, a tapas bar is perfect. Lately it has been Boqueria for tatpas. In any case, I'm gonna have a fun time at Degustation and I sure hope the food is good this time.

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              kosmose7 Mar 6, 2012 09:35 PM

              Yeah, just like me. I dine out twice a day, seven days a week. I also like tapas bars or izakayas where I can order a variety of dishes in small portions.

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                foodwhisperer Mar 7, 2012 09:08 PM

                yep tapas bars, izakayas, sushi bars, sometimes just bars with good food. But a variety of little dishes is the way I like it too. If it isn't a small dish place, I get a bunch of appetizers. I do tend to frequent places that i like, once they know you , it's a warm welcome and sometimes get some special things to eat.

                1. re: foodwhisperer
                  janethepain Mar 8, 2012 12:46 PM

                  Wow, what do you guys do for a living to be able to afford dining out so often? Foodwhisperer, I've been impressed by your appetite and ability to fund it from previous posts (unless I'm mistaking you for someone else).

                  I went to Degustation a few years ago, and wasn't impressed with my meal but everyone else on CH was. Maybe time for a revisit.

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                    foodwhisperer Mar 8, 2012 07:50 PM

                    I do get amazed when I do my taxes how much money is spent on restaurants. This year was 6 figures. Crazy I know. But i live to eat. Money is fun to spend. As far as what i do for a living,,i can't divulge that, If i said I owned Esca, you would know who I was... nonono i'm just kidding. I don't even own orange crocs

                    1. re: foodwhisperer
                      janethepain Mar 9, 2012 06:00 AM

                      ! wow! Well, good eating to you, sir (or madam), please keep posting so I can live through your experiences!

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                        foodwhisperer Mar 12, 2012 08:57 PM

                        Just for the record, I am a man. Although when travelling in the Phillipines I got confused. I was with my girlfriend and when entering a restaurant they always said Sir-Mam, or Mam-Sir.

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      bakerboyz Mar 6, 2012 02:47 PM

      I was there this past Sunday night, new chef had day off but it was still excellent, combinations of food and ingredients that I might never imagined would work were wonderful!

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      1. re: bakerboyz
        kosmose7 Mar 6, 2012 03:17 PM

        Yes. Chef Jasmine Shimoda is great! I fully enjoyed her dishes too. I liked 'egg custard with cauliflower, sea urchin, and breadcrumbs', among others.

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        Degustation
        239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

         
         
      2. kosmose7 Jan 28, 2012 09:41 PM

        Haven't checked it out yet, but they say he was the sous chef at John Dory Oyster Bar.

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