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May 15, 2012 01:23 PM

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...

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  1. Thanks for your review. I'm returning to 15 East in a little over a month and very excited.

    1. 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.

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      1. re: foodwhisperer

        Yes. Chowanmushi is a great homemade food. But I could never experiment w foie!

        This really far surpassed my greatest expectations. And it's just a fun place to eat. This will be my standing reservation whenever I'm back in town.

      2. 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!

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        1. re: chefhound

          It was omakase with stuff added ala carte. I think others on the board will have a much better sense of what comes in the omakase, as my meal was a blur given the copious amounts of food...

          1. re: FattyDumplin

            Wait… I think chefhound is asking which omakase—there's three on the menu for 59, 65, and 95, and there's the omakase-tasting which starts at 120.

            1. re: calf

              Yes. I wanted to know if the meal FattyDumplin described was the omakase, whether the omakase was the same as the tasting menu and how much. So thanks FattyDumplin and calf - together you have provided what I was looking for.

        2. ive surprisingly avoided 15 east and cant understand why. would anyone who has been to 15 east and neta recommend one over the other?

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          1. re: sam1

            15 East over Neta if great sushi is what you want

          2. Thanks for the review! I've been meaning to try 15 east for a while. The chawanmushi sounds delightful. Dieci in the EV has a foie chawanmushi too, it's one of my favorite dishes for a death-row meal! So I can't wait to try it at 15 east and so see how they make it.

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            1. re: alkonost

              Brushstroke ( kaiseki and the sushi bar) make a good chawanmushi,sometimes with truffle, sometimes with foie gras, Chawanmushi at Kyo Ya is very good also.