Hamachi galbi vinaigrette, pink lady apple, radish sprout
We weren’t that impressed by the raw stuff, but I did find the galbi vinaigrette to be quite memorable. Packed with umami goodness, I wished I could bottle the stuff up and pour it over everything.
Yellowfin Tuna Tataki white boy kimchi
Is “whiteboy” supposed to imply less authenticity? Perhaps. This was kinda “meh.” Nothing bad, just nothing too special.
Smoked Mahi Fish Dip celery, radish, crackers
With a squeeze of lemon and some saltine crackers, this dish was an interesting smoky yet not too mayo-y fish spread. The added texture from the celery and radish gave some nice crunch.
Chilled Peel & Eat Shrimp lime mustard sauce
I am glad this dish hasn’t changed much from my previous visit. I LOVE shrimp, and I LOVE big shrimps even more. These are so frickin’ salty with some kickin’ herbs and tang. The meat is perfectly sweet and meaty. You only need a little bit of the lime mustard sauce. I guess people don’t like to peel shrimp like this, but I am an expert at peeling shrimps with a fork and knife. It’s such a gratifying thing to do, so I peeled shrimps not just for myself, but for Smooth Obturator too. Ain’t I such a good little sister?
Lobster Roll celery, lemon aioli
This thing seemed to shrink since my last visit, but I think I also felt it was undersized then too. I actually only got a little nibbling of this because there were 5 and we ordered 2 so it wasn’t the easiest thing to share. This dish is highway robbery for sure, buuuut still so good.
Shrimp Toast Sandwich herbs, hoisin, sriracha mayo
This was definitely my favorite dish last time (duh, shrimp!). It was still good, but definitely much richer this time. I mean look at that color. I think they deep fried it in butter. Compare how it looked the last time. We had to order a 3rd one but it was too much. Sigh…hungry eyes.
Crispy Brussels Sprouts chinese sausage, cinnamon, peanut, egg
Will Brussels sprouts ever go out of favor. They are probably the most common vegetable you’ll find at any given restaurant these days. I feel like I’ve hit BS fatigue, yet I always find myself order them. I guess for a vegetable, they are pretty hearty and carry strong flavors well. This dish was certainly going for a Chinese twist with the above components. I think they did a nice job.
Seared Octopus Salad mirapoix, chili
Triple T and Smooth Obturator, especially, have had it up to here with octopus in America. They claim it is tasteless and never fresh, always frozen. However, when they were in Greece, they had the BEST octopus. So I guess they’ll only order it there. I can somewhat agree with them that octopus can be quite hit or miss, usually miss. It’s either too rubbery or unpleasantly soft. I thought the sear was nice, and the lightly dressed salad added some brightness.
Linguine & Clams uni aglio-olio, chili, breadcrumbs
This dish seems to be quite popular and has remained on the menu since the restaurant’s inception. I can’t really understand why because it’s pretty heavy and tangy without much else going on. Also the clams are few in number.
Kennebec French Fries malt vinegar aioli
Who in their right mind would order fries? I think we didn’t think we ordered enough so just threw these in. Hungry H.o.P. members are unhappy campers! These were aite.
Kampachi Collar sugar snap, herbs, chili vinaigrette, oyster mushroom
By the time the collar came around I was pretty darn stuffed. It was a pretty generous collar with tender white meat. I guess kampachi is a bit more dry and flakey when cooked so maybe not as luscious as say a black cod? The skin was crisp and accoutrements added an Asian vibe.
Frozen Lime Yogurt graham crumble, toasted meringue
I think the last time I was here, we had some sort of deconstructed dessert. This was like a deconstructed key lime pie. It was good but nothing too special.