I've been going to Japan every year for quite a while now, but I never get tired of a plate of sashimi this gorgeous. This was just the first of many courses at the fabulous Yamadaya
, an izakaya near the famous Tsukiji
fish market that chef Nobuo Fukuda
had recommended to me last year. They were closed for some remodeling at the time, so this go-round, they were at the top of my list. Our server recommended eating the sashimi with a dab of wasabi and sea salt instead of soy sauce.
My old friends Yuko and Chinatsu were my enthusiastic dining companions. I've been going out to eat with these girls since college, and I owe a lot of my Japanese food geek knowledge to experiences we've shared.
The place was packed. We sat at the counter and proceeded to order course after course. A couple hours later, we'd eaten practically everything on the menu.
This, by the way, was the menu -- what a pain to read! But I'm getting better at deciphering this kind of thing, after much practice.
The amuse bouche was a juicy chicken meatball in light broth.
Sweet, tender salmon roe glistened on thin layers of potato.