Thursday, July 11, 2013

Ootoya in 2013

So, it's been a while since the last time. The menu seems to have changed and so has presentation. They used to cram their teishoku sets into a large tray. Now we get a smaller tray, and a big plate.

This was the first time with their blue fin tuna sashimi. The portions looked petite for what they were charging and the knife work a little amateurish. But the fish was smooth and the flavors were good.

Taking from a page of their shio-koji teishoku selection, there was some beef and pork. Shio-koji as I learnt is koji (a fermented culture of rice and/or soya beans) that is fermented in salt. The result is suppose to provide the same amount of flavor with less than half the actual salt content.

I was initially a little apprehensive of the beef from appearances, but it turned out to be pretty tasty. Fat laced with beefy flavors and uplifted by small bits of burnt ends. The pork belly was likewise really flavorful with delicious grease and soft fats, topped with char aroma.

And then, probably my favorite option of hijiki rice.

Why settle for one dessert when.......

...the second one comes for free! I don't know what's happening here. But we were told it's a one for one deal. The banana parfait remains the top pick for us while the green tea mousse thingy was pretty good as well. The roasted sesame on cream was nice.

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