"What other pictures?"
"You know...from the other time we went!"
He then proceeded to email me said pictures.
I'm glad he did, because this time, we didn't just do meat dishes.
This... yeah. I'm speechless. The bacon was perfectly crisp and had a wonderful smokey, salty flavor that blended really well with the chewy, soft mushroom. A must get. Seriously.
Exhibit #2: Hamachi
This was grilled yellowtail. It was good too, and the negi (green onions) and masago (salmon roe) were a nice touch.
Exhibit #3: Nasu (eggplant)
I loved this too. Eggplant, a lot of times, absorbs too much of the oil that it's cooked in, but this was perfect. Soft and delicate, it melted in your mouth without the heaviness of oil. It was topped with bonito and a light soy sauce. Yum!
And now, the obligatory meat dishes:
I don't remember what the first one was...though I'm sure it was very good. The darker meat is kalbi (beef short rib) and the back skewer was chicken with ume (plum) sauce. I didn't like the flavor of the ume very much, but I'm sure for those who do, it would've been delicious.
Verdict? If you're not salivating by now, I don't know what kind of food you eat. But please consider bringing me along.