December 18th, 2010. Izakaya Christmas Dinner @ Suika
Unconventional? Yes. Perfectly west coast? Absolutely! I was invited to a Christmas dinner by a bunch of new friends to this new up and coming Izakaya place, Suika. Suika=Watermelon. Heh 🙂
The appeal of this place is that it’s not located in the heart of downtown with all the others. Rather, it sets itself apart on West Broadway. The other pull is the huge Sake bottle chandelier. Really a one of a kind, unique light fixture! I was completely excited for some fun company, great Japanese fusion food and secret santa!!
Handwritten menus, just like Guu. It’s in keeping with the whole casual Japanese bar theme.
First up, Torotoro Cha-Shu: Pork roasted thewn slowly braised til tender, served with Suika’s special secret sauce. Suuuuper soft and tender literally melting in your mouth! Soooooo good!!
5 Kinds of Sashimi: Amaebi, Scallops, Tuna, Hamachi and Sockeye Salmon with a little bit of black and orange tobiko. Can you see how beautiful it all looks? Yeah, it tasted that good, too!
Beef Short Rib: Fried and tossed with sweet balsamic. One of the most popular dishes on the menu. As soon as we got sat Jay knew we had to order this. He’d been here before and said that it was to DIE for! Indeed, it was awesome 😉 Again, melt-in-your-mouth meat and fat and the sweet balsamic was incredibly addicting! One of the best dishes of the night!
Aburi Shime-Saba Salad: Seared cured mackerel on organic greens & sliced onion with mustard soy dressing. It’s no secret that I love saba. Loved the flavors and loved this salad!
Lightly Smoked Tuna Tataki with homemade chili oil on a bed of sliced onions and topped with fresh scallions. The chili oil is a nice departure from the usual ponzu or peanut sauces I’ve seen that. As a fan of tuna tataki of course I enjoyed this dish 😀
Tokyo Oxtail Ramen: Slowly braised oxtail & noodles in soy broth topped with dried fish powder and scallions. Mmmmmmm~ soup~~! Perfect for a winter evening! The soup had a surprising level of depth, the noodles were perfect, and of course, the meat was delish!
We had asked for the heads of the Amaebi from the sashimi plate to be deep fried. Because, you know, there’s nothing like a deep-fried shrimp head 😉
Dessert #1: Yummy yummy custard!!! Light, just the right amount of sweet and a good balance between being gelatinous and creamy 😀
Dessert #2: Matcha cake??
Dessert #3 – Yukimi Daifuku: Green Tea and Red Bean Gelato wrapped in Sweet Sticky Rice.
Christmas dinner was a success!! The food was super delicious, the atmosphere was festive, the company was hilarious and we were all having a good time. Another home run for izakaya!!