Sushi at 15 East

On Saturday night, we made it into the city for dinner at 15 East.  Our usual go-to high-end sushi place is Sushi Yasuda, and for “everyday” sushi, Kanoyama is our spot.  We figure it was time to branch out to some new choices…

We booked relatively last minute, so was unable to secure a spot at the sushi and had to make do with a table.  While not ideal, I was ok with it.  However, what I was not happy with was fact that we had a 9pm reservation and we were not seated until 9:35pm.  I suppose it was probably due to the fact that earlier tables were running late due to potential travel conditions created by post snow storm clean up.

We started with two appetizers for the kitchen:

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Lobster and Uni risotto ($32 – really a main course from the kitchen, but we ordered it as an appetizer to share).  This was delicious, uni was blended into the risotto which was studded with nubs of lobster meat.  There were also 4 tongues of uni resting on top of the risotto.  Creamy, rich, perfectly cooked risotto AND uni?  Of course, this was a winner!

Foie Gras Chawan Mushi – egg custard with mushroom black truffle amber sauce ($18).  This was very tasty as well, although I do think I prefer a more traditional chawan mushi that is more ‘clean’ tasting vs. rich tasting.  It was a successful dish, just not really how I like my chawan mushi.

As our main, we both ordered the sushi omakase and added two pieces of uni:

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The sushi omakase contains 10 pieces ($60) – our selection included chu-toro, tuna, kanpachi (first row, l-r); king salmon, tai, black perch, red snapper (second row, l-r); scallop, sweet shrimp, anago (last row, l-r).

The two kinds of uni available on Saturday night included Santa Barbara (left) and Hokkaido (right).

15 East’s sushi was very good and fresh, however, I think the experience would’ve been better had we been seated at the sushi bar. I still much prefer Sushi Yasuda’s rice.  I think 15 East’s rice is a served a touch too cold – perhaps that would not have been an issue at the bar.

Overall, a good meal – was not happy with having to wait for our table, but for the price, I think I prefer Sushi Yasuda.

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Leisurely lunch at 15 East

15 East has a pretty good lunch deal.  $29 for a 3 course prix fixe.  On this visit, the first course was a choice of (1) home-made tofu served with ginger soy, (2) market greens with figs or (3) chilled summer corn soup.  Of course, I picked the corn soup – I love chilled soups and I love corn, really no other choice for me.  It was a very small portion, but the deliciousness more than makes up for the diminutive portion size, it was like eating corn off the cob in liquid form.

15 East – Chilled summer corn soup

Second course was a choice of (1) cold soba with shrimp tempura, (2) abalone risotto or (3) chef’s selection of sushi, 4 pieces and 1 roll.  All options sounded equally good, but today I was craving sushi.  I love that 15 East doesn’t dumb down the sushi selection and give tuna, salmon, etc.  Today, I got a negi toro roll, arctic char, snapper, yellowtail and scallop.  15 East has very high quality fish and a great selection.  Their sushi rice is quite good, I can’t say it’s as good as Sushi Yasuda but it is better than most places in the city.

15 East – Chef’s selection of sushi and roll

And I can’t leave 15 East without a few pieces of uni… 15 East had 4 types of uni on the menu today, from Chile, Santa Barbara, Hokkaido and Kyushu.  The uni pictured on the left is from Kyushu and the more orange-y one on the right is from Hokkaido.  The Hokkaido uni is more creamy, but the Kyushu uni had the more intense ocean taste of the two.  Both = sooooo good!

15 East – Hokkaido uni ($12) and Kyushu uni ($14)

The final course – any dessert off the menu.  I had the Mineoka Tofu, a scoop of home-made milk tofu in kuromitsu syrup.  Yum!  (Not photographed as tofu generally looks like a giant white blob with my poor iPhone photography skills)

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