Wang's Table, raising the sushi bar in Haverhill.
Allrighty folks, this place is getting better. Either that or the Itamae is finally getting the point that I want The Good Stuff.
On a visit a few weeks ago they had live uni (pictured) and it was wonderful. Their presentation wasn't quite up to Fugakyu's standards (no rock salt base that the spines crunched around in) but hey, it's Haverhill. I think that after seeing my enthusiasm for this uni he started to open up a bit.
Having a sushi craving in Haverhill on a Tuesday and not wanting to drive too far I reluctantly made my way back to Wang's for a little nigiri and maybe some sashimi. I grabbed a seat at the sushi bar and asked my usual question "any Toro?". Nope, no Toro. I scanned the case and what did I find? LIVE SCALLOPS!!!! they had four big boys right up front. I stood up and took a peek inside the slightly opened shells and spotted the true reward, scallop roe. Jackpot.
At $10.75 each I ordered two sashimi style and asked for the roe to be prepared as the Itamae saw fit. The waiter was a bit incredulous that I wanted the roe but I caught the Itamae smiling. He knew.
Presentation (pictured) was typical and the scallop was just as sweet and tender as any that I've ever had and served with a ponzu dipping sauce in a cocktail glass.. The roe (also pictured) was lightly torched and served nigiri style. The roe was the highlight of the night, smooth, creamy and with a taste more subtle and nuanced than uni. I wanted more.
They also had Japanese giant scallop, these were about 5" across and about 3" thick. I asked for some sashimi and it was delivered thinly sliced as one would slice abalone. It was Very Good.
Wang's is definitely stepping up to the plate when it come to unusual (for the area) offerings and I hope more people get into the Good Stuff and leave the Maki for the noobs.