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n/naka - dietary restrictions ok?

adelly Sep 19, 2012 02:48 PM

Thinking of going to n/naka for my wedding anniversary next month but am concerned as my hubby and I both have dietary restrictions (I am a pescetarian, he is allergic to shellfish and due to our ethical beliefs, veal and foie gras are a definite no-no). At Sushi Zo, the chef was gracious enough to tailor the meals for us but I'm not so sure at n/naka (and I'm pretty sure Urasawa won't do it!). Please advise.

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    andytseng RE: adelly Sep 19, 2012 03:04 PM

    I've found n/naka to be more than accommodating when it comes to dietary restrictions. Even though you guys seem to have a lot of restrictions, I'd be surprised if they couldn't still provide you with an amazing experience. I especially like them for those with restrictions because it feels like the chef still puts a lot of care and thought into the substitute dishes.

    I've been to plenty of places where they replace something on a tasting menu with just a regular menu item. This is not one of them.

    1. J.L. RE: adelly Sep 19, 2012 04:53 PM

      Just state your preferences up front to the n/naka staff, and I'm almost certain Chef Niki will accommodate you guys!

      1. Ciao Bob RE: adelly Sep 19, 2012 05:00 PM

        I am sure n/naka would accomodate your wishes, Chef Niki has done that for my friends several times. And the foie and veal are non-issues, just the shellfish for hubby (or, not for hubby). Call and ask for her -- she often answers the phone herself -- she is more than accessible and very kind. I would not rule out Urasawa, either - Hiro-san has done full veggie meals for a friend of mine several times.

        1. adelly RE: adelly Sep 19, 2012 05:01 PM

          Awesome - thanks! Would like to try Urasawa, too, but I read a pretty detailed horrendous review on Yelp where this woman was completely humiliated by the chef. Of course, we can't tell for sure if her account was true but it was pretty detailed.

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            Ciao Bob RE: adelly Sep 19, 2012 05:01 PM

            Highly doubt that is accurate. Hiro is delightful.

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              andytseng RE: adelly Sep 19, 2012 05:41 PM

              I also read a review on Yelp that said he went there and had wagyu beef, tuna, and a california roll, so...

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                adelly RE: andytseng Sep 19, 2012 06:06 PM


            2. PeterCC RE: adelly Sep 20, 2012 04:59 PM

              She does serve a vegetarian tasting menu (http://www.n-naka.com/menu/n-naka_Veg...), so I'd have to think she can sub courses in and out as needed.

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                will47 RE: adelly Sep 20, 2012 05:45 PM

                I don't have a lot to add in terms of what was said before, but will just echo that n/naka is very accommodating. Just call ahead of time, and make sure you are specific, and I think you won't have any problems. I think Niki often answers the phone herself during the day.

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                  foodiemahoodie RE: adelly Sep 20, 2012 09:12 PM

                  I'd say just give them a call - but I've been there three or four times now and they've always been exceptionally accomodating.

                  Foie is not a problem - I've never seen it there and besides, it's illegal. I did note that Providence has an interesting foie substitute with eel - which is rich and works well with sweet Rieslings and sauternes.

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                    PeterCC RE: foodiemahoodie Sep 20, 2012 09:34 PM

                    n/naka has definitely served foie (see: http://www.kevineats.com/2012/06/nnak..., http://all-things-andy-gavin.com/2012...) but should be a moot point now, as I doubt Chef Niki is a scofflaw. ;-)

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                      J.L. RE: foodiemahoodie Sep 20, 2012 09:58 PM

                      Just got back from some good eatin' in the SF & Napa area.

                      Some places in NorCal are still serving foie gras, as a "compliments of the Chef"-type gift to customers.

                      Do I recall correctly you mentioning a possible trip to n/naka some time ago, PeterCC? If so, how was your meal?

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                        PeterCC RE: J.L. Sep 20, 2012 10:56 PM

                        It hasn't happened... yet. Eventually.

                        So, should I be checking the SF board for new reviews from you?

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