15 East... Awesome...
Finally made it here after so many years. Having been in the Bay Area for 9 months, only now do I realize how lacking sushi is in SF. 15 East absolutely blew me away. And the sushi bar chefs are so pleasant and happy, which further improved the experience. Sorry my descriptions don't do this place justice but I listed one of my faves below.
Chowanmushi... How can you go wrong w foie and chowanmushi? You can't.
Foie gras, duck on bioche w blueberry sauce... Incredibly rich. The combined favors meshed so well. Although 4 of these was a bit much, I had to eat them all
Soba w uni and ikura... First time I've actually enjoyed cold soba. Love the combo of sweet uni and salty roe.
Uni... SB, Hokkaido and Kyushu. First two are my faves. The last was very muted although apparently the mot expensive.
Anago... Best I've ever had. Tender and soft wo being mushy. Just enough sauce to complement and not overwhelm.
Kinmedai.... Seared and sprinkled w sea salt. Yum.
Tako... Everything that I've read on the boards. If anything, it is almost too tender. I'd maybe prefer a bit more chew, but that would be nitpicking.
Akami... Aged and bushed w soy. Wow. I had no idea non toro tuna could be so good.
Sashimi plate... Nice assortment. Everything was high quality but nothing unique.
Hot soba w duck... The last thing I had. I was so stuffed but the broth was much deeper in flavor than any I've ever had so I had to finish it. Had I a choice, I would've asked for the duck slices rarer
Tomago... Others have mentioned how this is different than most. Much more spongecakey in texture and very sweet. I wasnt a huge fan.
Many other things I can't recall but this was my best dining experience ever. Towards the end of the night, both masato and the owner showed up and it was cool to share a few drinks and hear a bit about their experiences in the industry...
Thanks for the review. The an ago is the best I have had also. The Tomago is a matter of taste, but the Tomago here is excellent and far beyond the factory made varieties we see so often in local sushi bars. As far as the octopus goes, I like it very much and at 15 East they take time massaging the octopus. However, many Japanese people agree with you , and like more chew to it. There are many parts of a big bluefin tuna that taste amazingly good. You have gotten me in the mood now for sushi. 15 East might be where i go tonite. I can't make plans like Cheeryvisage so much in advance, 4 hours is my limit. Chawanmushi sounds good too. You should try making it on your own, I believe the best chawanmushi I ever had, was what I made at home.
Was this the omakase? And if it was, how much was it? I noticed they have a tasting menu listed on their website starting at $120. Is this the omakase or is it something different?
I haven't been yet but plan to try 15 East on my next visit to NY, which should be in October. I can't wait!