The Koviche was my hands down favorite. Fresh diver scallops with tomatillo, thin crisps, kalamata, black lime and cilantro. It was tangy, sweet with such a pure flavor and a touch of spice. The crisps were used to pick up the scallops, making each bite perfection.
The Fig Salad was a delight. Figs with mascarpone, honey, basil and shiso. We liked this salad so much, I recreated a version of it at home (see the 7/11 post).
Another standout dish was the Yokai. An Atlantic salmon roll with dehydrated fennel slices that look like lace, golden beet, myoga and soy paper. Very beautiful and very delicious.
One unusual dish that makes you pay attention is the Jar jar duck. It’s not just the Star Wars reference, but the dish is served in a jar containing duck confit (Countryside Farms duck), candied kumquat, endive, rosemary smoke. Once they deliver this item to the table, the lid of the jar is removed and the rosemary smoke is released. Very Impressive and theatrical, but we would have enjoyed just a little more duck.
Two nigiri standouts were the Sake toro--Atlantic salmon belly with ginger and tamari—and the Boquerones--Spanish white anchovy with botarrga and gremolata.
For dessert we decided to split the special cherry pit gelato. There were no pits, but wonderful fresh peaches, caramel pearls, granola and walnuts. Literally one of the best desserts I have had there. We were surprised by the complimentary dessert provided since we were celebrating a birthday. The fried milk chocolate milk, toasted milk, iced milk sherbet was a wonderful play on all the sweetness in milk and chocolate.