Tabelog hosted a fantastic event last week at the Japanese restaurant Jukai. This place is certainly transporting...it feels like a cozy den nestled far away somewhere instead of smack dab in Midtown Manhattan. We started with a variety of small plates, my favorite being the Smoked Duck with Jamon Iberico and Persimmon.
I'm not a big fan of fruit and meat together but this really worked in some strange way.
I absolutely love beef carpaccio so this starter was another huge winner for me...well marbled with just the right amount of seasoning. Onto the main tasting the best dish of the night was probably the Spanish Mackerel.
It was topped with ground radish and crispy adobo which gave each bite a snappy crunch.
Everyone was raving about these enormous Pacific Oysters.
I have a size limit for these guys and this one maxed that out by about 10 so I passed.
Lucky for me they started cooking the Shabu Shabu right away and the broth smelled absolutely heavenly.
In goes the meat...
... and ta da! A warm delicious bowl of happiness is created. Of course I always have room for dessert...lots of dessert...
Black Tea Panna Cotta and Creme Brulee...
...an eggy White Sesame Blancmange
...and some cocoa dusted truffles. It was quite a way to end a meal, the creme brulee being my absolute favorite of the four.
The event was sponsored by Asahi and it was pretty cool to hear how passionate these guys are about their beer. It certainly gave me a greater appreciation for their brand. Overall it was a great event in a really cool venue that I'm going to keep in mind for future Midtown escapes.