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Early Christmas omakase!

Posted on: December 24, 2009

Time for the last omakase of the year at the Standing Sushi Bar, an early one for Christmas! This time they had these cute sawagani (small river crabs) in a jar on the counter.

1st course: Zensai

Zensai is Japanese for hors d’oeuvre. This is a more kaiseki-style appetizer.

From left to right: Sawagani with uni, iidako with garlic sauce, ankimo with ikura

2nd course: Sashimi moriawase

Mirugai, otoro, amaebi, mekajiki, hotate, kanpachi

3rd course: Sazae tsuboyaki

In season now, this is turban shell sliced up and boiled in its own shell with shiitake mushrooms. The white crystals below are actually on fire to keep the sauce bubbling hot inside the shell. Very tasty and reminiscent of top shell.

4th course: Madai shioyaki

I’m not exactly sure what kind of fish this is but I think it is some kind of red sea bream. Very very fresh and tasty, I was practically wolfing it down because I loved the salt-grilled skin and the sweet flesh! It was quite a large fish to boot as well.

5th course: Matsusaka gyu teppanyaki

This is the highlight of the omakase for me. Matsusaka beef is basically a type of wagyu beef which originates from the Matsusaka region in Mie, Japan.

Matsusaka is considered one of the generally recognized three most famous beef brands in Japan, along with Kobe beef and Yonezawa beef.

I’ve had this same beef teppanyaki in Kichijoji and I really wanted to go back and eat it because it is just so delicious. So I’m really glad to get a chance to eat it at the SSB.

It’s exactly how I remember it, richly marbled fats that are soft and tender with the meaty juices bursting out when you bite down into the cubes. It really is heaven for a beef-lover!

6th course: Uni tempura

This is uni wrapped in nori and then fried in tempura batter. This is actually a two-fold taste because the seaweed separates the uni from the tempura.

So you taste the tempura first then the uni bursts out and you get the familiar sea-brine taste of uni flooding your mouth. Loved this dish as well!

7th course: Asari suimono

This clear soup is made by boiling the Manila clams with some sake. The soup itself has that strong shellfish taste yet it is tempered by the sake aftertaste. Even if you can’t see it, there are really a lot of clams in there.

8th course: Aburi sushi

All the sushi were done aburi-style and they were damn delicious!!

From left to right: Otoro, sake toro, mekajiki, amaebi, hotate

9th course: Yuzu ice-cream

This is standard by now 😛

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awesome. wow SSB serves Matsusaka beef. this omakase must be expensive. how much was it?

Yes it was an awesome omakase! It cost $200+. I was rather lucky that night, as the SSB only imports in this kind of beef very rarely & randomly as well.

christmas must really have come early for you.

Yeah way early hahaha

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