Sunday was my birthday and we went to my favorite restaurant – Sansei. We got there at 5 PM for a 5:30 opening and there was a long line. On Sundays and Mondays, orders placed before 6PM are 50% off, excluding drinks and market price items.
We were far enough back in the line that I thought we might not make the first seating. We did! We got the last table. Yay birthday fairy.
I have been dreaming about my favorite form of Hamachi, (quotes are from the menu).
7. Japanese Hamachi & Grilled Shiitake Mushroom Tartare – $13
with Truffled Soy Sauce, Orange Tobiko and Shiso Chiffonade
(Minced Yellow-tail mixed with green onion, truffle oil, soy sauce and chopped, grilled Shiitake mushrooms. Topped with orange flying fish roe and thinly sliced shiso)
Photos by me. I forgot to take the picture until I ate some. They have prettier pictures on their website.
My new favorite is _
2. Japanese Hamachi Nori Aioli Poke – $13
served with Crispy Lotus Root Chips
(Diced Yellow-tail and cucumbers tossed in an aioli made from Tsukudani yuzu and mayonnaise and accompanied with house-made crispy lotus root chips)
I ate some and it was orgasmic. I completely forgot to take a picture until it was finished. You can understand why, I was in recovery phase.
My husband ordered a Pipeline Porter. It was draft. I had to have one of those.
It’s dark, but as smooth and mellow as can be. It’s made by the Kona Brewing Co. and is made with 100% Kona coffee. It is only brewed at the end of the year when the coffee is harvested. I’m glad I got some before it’s gone for the year.
My husband had some Maui teriyaki beef and shrimp and vegetable tempura.
The service is excellent, the ambiance is lovely and the crowd is jovial. On Friday and Saturday nights they have a late night special after 10 PM. Too late for me to be eating.
Now I’m longing to go back for a redo. Yay birthdays.
© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur