Izy does it for my first post. 🙂
We celebrated S’ birthday at Izy on Friday after hearing her rave about their omasake dinner. Our lunch was less fancy and we had 4 choices from the set lunch menu – yasai tempura don, chicken karaage don, chirashi don and wagyu beef don. The sets are $30++ each (with a $10 supplement for the latter two) and came with the usual accompaniments, served in a “deconstructed bento set” style.
First up was chawanmushi. It was flavourful and the texture was extremely smooth and silky. The small dollop of wasabi gave it an added twist and kick. I really liked it! (For non-wasabi-fans, it may be wise to scoop away the wasabi before digging in).
Next up was the salad with spicy goma sauce. M was laughing (or rather, rolling her eyes) at the few of us taking photos of a plate of common leaves. “It is just a salad!”, she scoffed. But since I took it, here you go:
M was right. It did not taste any more fascinating than it looked and the leaves were bigger than I like them in salads. I suppose that is the risk of serving the accompaniments as stand-alones. The salad would probably never have drawn so much attention if it was part of a bento set, but as a stand-alone, it became a conversation piece. I was eager to move on to the main dish.
My wagyu beef bowl was good. The beef was tender and worked well with the sweet soy sauce, mushrooms and the cute onsen egg sitting atop the pile. However, I would have preferred it with more sauce.
As a dish, I still prefer the wagyu beef bowl at Fat Cow, but admittedly, that has the unfair advantage of having foie gras in the mix and comes at a higher ticket price.
L and A both had the chirashi bowl. I wish I had ordered it instead as they unveiled the burst of colors within.
L kept smiling to himself throughout lunch, which was really odd until he explained, “I get emo when I eat good food.” It was comical, the way he put it, but it made me want to swap my bowl with his. I had to make do by pinching some sashimi just for a taste. The little I had left me wanting more.
I heard good stuff about Izy’s chicken karaage, which S had. A pity the chicken karaage was simmering in the moist heat of the capped bowl and lost its crispiness.
We ended off the savoury part of the meal with Japanese pickled vegetables and miso soup. The miso soup was different from the usual and there was some resemblance to fish soup with ginger. It was really comforting for a rainy afternoon.
The dessert was shiso and green apple sorbet. A brave attempt, I must say. It is an acquired taste and it is what I imagine chlorophyll mixed with lime would taste like. I left most of it but the rest of the group finished theirs and thought it was a very unique dessert.
Overall, I would not be too excited about returning for the set lunch (and if I do, I will definitely have the chirashi bowl). However, I see enough interesting elements to want to go back to try their small plates or omasake dinner.
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