Last night I was invited to try a new Japanese resto – Sakamai - with my dear friend/editor Andy Wang.
Sakamai in the Lower East Side – has a nice ring to it no?
Slated to open today, Sakamai is primarily a dedicated Sake lounge. Instead of a sommelier, you have a trained sake master teaching you the ins and outs of the delicate rice wine. Besides for our flute tasting of unfiltered sake, we were given one of Japan’s best sake (The bottle is in Japanese below) in 3 forms: A small sized glass, a rather large sized glass and a heated version. It was quite the experience to realize how much one flavor can change so greatly in different compositions.
Although the tasting was probably one of the most exciting parts of the dinner, the fare definitely left a mark on my foodie soul. Top hitters include ‘Egg on Egg on Egg’ – a picturesque combination of sea urchin, scrambled eggs and white sturgeon caviar. The richest, most heavenly part of the dinner.
2nd to note would be the ‘Skate Wings’ – which is comparable to a form of fish jerky alongside a spicy dipping sauce. The texture was very interesting and the flavor became more addicting as you ate it.
3rd up – of course, there is no way to avoid the ‘l.e.s. Steak’ – a 35-day dry aged CAB bone-in ribeye.
To top off the meal, we ordered the trio of gelatos – my favorite of three was the toasted sesame, but the grapefruit and berry confit were also quite delectable.
As always, I prefer to let my pictures do the talking. I am interested to hear your opinion so if you get a chance to go, let me know what you think! Bisous NYS