October 28, 2010

Let’s eat sushi

When we were in Kyoto, we went to a sushi restaurant. We left the food selection to the chef… The restaurant was a small one, with only counter seats for less than 10 customers. It was nice to be able to see what the chef was doing.

Sushi chef © Evelyn Howard 2010

Seating at the counter also allowed us to chat with the chef… I say “chat” but that’s stretching it a little bit. We knew almost no Japanese. Luckily, he knew enough English to tell us what we were eating :)…

Seafood cabinet © Evelyn Howard 2010

This cabinet in front of us has lots of varieties of seafood.

Junsai © Evelyn Howard 2010

We started with junsai, a summertime delicacy in Japan. The plant is from the water lily family. The reddish bits are the flowers. It has a transparent jelly covering and a slippery texture. This is a small serve to start with…

Sashimi © Evelyn Howard 2010

I won’t be able to tell you what some of the dishes are…

Sushi sauce © Evelyn Howard 2010

Sauce in an lovely ceramic bowl

Octopus © Evelyn Howard 2010

Octopus if I am not mistaken… slightly grilled, with a little bit of wasabi and sesame seeds.

Grilled fish © Evelyn Howard 2010

A grilled piece of fish

Ginger © Evelyn Howard 2010

Ginger if you wish…

 Sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

More fish…

Eating sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

A sneak peak at what other people were eating. I guess the red meat is tuna.

Tuna sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

This is tuna. He did explain why he seared the sides but I can’t remember… This is the leanest bit of the 3 types we were tasting that day. Scroll down for more…

Tuna sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

More tuna, not so lean and from a different part of the fish

Tuna sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

And more tuna. This one is a fatty cut. To me, it was a melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

Another type of fish…

Sushi chef © Evelyn Howard 2010

Now we move on to the prawns.

Prawn sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

Prawn sushi.

Fish sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

Are you full yet?

Fish sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

I hope you are not full, because there’s more...

Abalone sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

We had abalone too. I wonder if this is it…

Sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

More food…

Scallops sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

This looks like scallops but I am not sure.

Preparing sea urchin roe © Evelyn Howard 2010

Now it’s uni (or sea urchin roe) time!

Sea urchin roe sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

Doesn’t look very attractive but sure tasted divine

Sushi © Evelyn Howard 2010

Mmm, and another….

I hope you have had enough… that’s all the photos of the meal that I have.

Happy Thursday!


MarieElizabeth said...

I love sushi! You did a lovely job of getting up close so we could see each piece. I might have to try that next time I am out...if they chef let's me!

Sadami said...

Dear Evelyn,
Beautiful photos. But I assume it cost your good budget...I know. I want to have sushi!! A poor artist makes it tonight;).
Cheers, Sadami

Evelyn said...

@ Marieelizabeth: I am sure the chef will be flattered!

Thanks. Yes... I am sure you make very good and authentic sushi :).

Kaori said...

I love photos of sushi! I can't eat it but I can enjoy it. The photo you took of the chef is really great...he looks like a sumo wrestler but his hands must be very talented :-D

London Caller said...

I am so hungry now!
I am actually more interested in their plates, little tableware more than their food.
Were you drinking umeshu?

Evelyn said...

@ Kaori: :) a smaller version of a sumo wrestler. Yes, his knife skill was fantastic.

@ London Caller: No, I've never had umeshu. I think I just had tea. Oh I love their plates - really lovely.

'Tsuki said...

Wow, this is appetizing ! I just love japonese food : it is so beautiful and so tasty... Nice shots by the way...

Kala said...

Sushi is my favorite thing to eat when we dine out. These images make me want to eat some tonight.

yoon see said...

Truly a memorable meal!
So tasty, yum yum!

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☺lani☺ said...

you made me hungry :(, anyways I love them all :)

SushiTail said...

That's a tough life you are living!

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