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Lynndsey Rigberg May 22, 2013 03:40 PM

Hi Chowhounds, thanks to the great reviews of n/naka here, my husband and I decided to celebrate there last weekend. The atmosphere was quiet, calm, zen, lovely, thoughtful - just like the dishes. We had the Chef's tasting menu - 9 courses, and walked away perfectly satisfied.

#1: started off with an Uni amuse bouche in a glass (no picture) on top of a grated potato ball. It was interesting texturally.

#2: perfectly seared scallop and half a shrimp on carrot puree

#3: Toro in ponzu on ice - delicate, cold, delicious.

#4 Sashimi selection: tuna, skipjack, yellowtail, and an oyster

#5: Seabass in ponzu and grated mountain yam - I have never liked the raw grated yam before but it was so delicious and added nice body to the broth.

#6: My favorite dish of the night: pasta with roe, cream, white truffle oil and abalone. I wanted another serving and would've licked the bowl if no one were around.

#7: Tender beef cooked on top of a magnolia leaf on top of a charcoal brazier.

#8: 6 pieces of sushi - (not all photographed here): shrimp, uni, mackeral, and I forget what else. Each piece was so delicate and ridiculously fresh.

#9: Black sesame creme brulee with red bean cheesecake and a dab of ice cream.

It was all amazing. Wonderful balance. Felt very satisfied. Not one dish I didn't love!

BRAVO! We're definitely coming back!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  1. ipsedixit May 22, 2013 09:06 PM

    For those interested, here's a little bit on Niki.

    http://www.lamag.com/lafood/digestblo...

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      prawn May 22, 2013 06:39 PM

      Thanks for the review! Beautiful plating, menu sounds like a terrific meal.

      1. Baron May 22, 2013 04:49 PM

        Thanks. I'm going there tonight with a friend. Can't wait.

        1. J.L. May 22, 2013 04:46 PM

          Thanks for reporting back! Totally agree - That pasta dish at n/naka is among the best I've ever had in any city, any country.

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