Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Wasabi Tei : cooked food edition

Dare I say that the unagi don from Wasabi Tei was actually not bad despite the charred appearances and I thought that I detected a little bit of that greasy fattiness underneath the grilled skin of the eel. Not much can really be attributed to the quality of eels in most of the places, but I guess there are some places that do serve a pretty decent non-Japanese import of those fishes and this one, in generous portions and a warm bowl of sticky rice to boot.

The unagi nigiris did surprise me a little since I wasn't expecting them to be so large. As expected though, they weren't much to look at, but the sizes were nothing one can raise any issues on. The rice at the bottom barely held the weight of the grilled eels on top.

I generally don't hold much hopes for gyu dons since I've never really had any that was really worth remembering apart from the savory variety at Yoshinoya which was surprisingly quite addictive. It's a pity that they're just another chain that takes no pride in what they serve by charging quite a bit and delivering pathetic portions for them. Wasabi Tei's rendition was nothing short of comfort food with sliced beef. Surprisingly well blended was the flavors of the thinly sliced striped of sauteed onions and bits of garlic that worked really well with their salty sauce and greasy thin slices of cow on top of the warm rice. Again, it's form over finesse in generous quantities of simple comfort. Did I mention that they have a mushroomy tasting chawanmushi that's loaded with Shimeiji mushrooms too?

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