Almond Fritters with Azuki Bean Syrup at Nobuo Teeter House
With James Beard Award-winning Chef Nobuo Fukuda at the helm, it's no wonder that Nobuo Teeter House has one of the best restaurant reputations in town. However, it seems like every time someone says, "Their food is absolutely incredible," the high praise is followed by, "...but so expensive." Served tapas-style, the small plates -- at $6 to $26 a pop -- can add up quickly. There's also a four-course sample tasting menu available on Fridays and Saturdays for $60 (not including drinks or the recommended add-ons).
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We're always trying to find ways to enjoy top-notch cuisine at affordable prices, and Nobuo is surprisingly agreeable, offering a few ways to enjoy its impeccable menu without breaking the bank. (Check out how to score lunch at Nobuo for $10.) And we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it's possible to cap off your evening with a $6 dessert there. Of course with that kind of steal, we had to taste two to find out if one -- or both of them -- is worthy of a visit on its own.
These desserts will knock your socks off, and you will love every second of it. Promise. The Almond Fritters with Azuki Bean Syrup and Chocolate Tofu Mousse with Green Tea Ice Cream both display the clean flavors and attention to detail that Nubuo Teeter House's savory dishes have garnered acclaim for. Perhaps the desserts' most impressive quality is the way that American comfort foods and Asian flavors are seamlessly integrated.
The Almond Fritters bring to mind fresh donuts, and the Azuki Bean Syrup adds a savory-sweet flavor, complementing the fritters in a way similar to real maple syrup; it hits that sweet spot where sugary goodness and rich, savory flavors intersect. While the Asian penchant for using beans in dessert can be off-putting to a lot of Western palates, this dessert is an excellent introduction to how great the combination can be. The fried fritters themselves, which are made with ground almonds and orange blossoms, have a light, soft texture that will keep diners in a culinary comfort zone, and the azuki bean sauce and jasmine tea ice cream add an Asian twist. Warning: This is a truly addictive dessert.