Tonight we went to the soft opening of our friends’ new restaurant, Uroko. The restaurant has three distinct things: omakase dinner on the weekends, temaki hand roll sushi for lunch, and sushi classes on weekday evenings. The soft opening was omakase, and the sushi was wonderful! There were a total of 12 dishes served, and I enjoyed them all, but my favorite was the otoro – so buttery!
I actually help with their websites, and sometimes photography too, and tonight I took a lot of photos for the new website. It was actually somewhat difficult because I don’t have lighting equipment (nor the skill to actually use them) so the photos weren’t the greatest. Still, I think most of them came out ok. You can see a few more photos at the main website, or the reservation site.
If you are in Austin and want a great sushi experience, check out Uroko!
We visited a friends’ house for a pulque and mead drink tasting, garden tour, and of course good food. The man of the house is a sushi chef, so we were treated to some yummy salmon carpaccio. It was fun to watch him effortlessly slice up the fish. Wow!
Our friends grow so many different kinds of vegetables, herbs, and fruit in their yard. It’s really amazing! And they have chickens too, so they can enjoy fresh eggs all the time. As a bonus, we got to see the new chicks they are raising. So cute!
Setsubun is tomorrow but we ate our celebratory ehōmaki 恵方巻 this evening because of Super Bowl Sunday. We aren’t really doing anything special for the Super Bowl, so I’m not too sure why Mariko wanted to make ehōmaki early, but who am I to complain? (I also think she may have mentioned a reason but might have had a senior moment) Anyways, this year’s lucky direction is N/NE, so we each ate our ehōmaki roll in silence while facing the lucky direction, as dictated by tradition.
Actually eating without talking, and just thinking about the taste of the sushi, is really great. It’s a special experience, but one that we can have all the time if we choose to just be mindful. I wonder if it would be possible to institute a one-minute of silent eating to begin each dinner? Hmm….
This evening we celebrated Bay’s recital performance by going out to eat at his favorite restaurant, Komé Sushi Kitchen. The recital was actually last week, but our schedule was so full that we had to postpone the dinner until tonight. Anyways, we feasted on many of the dishes we always get, such as kaki-furai (fried oysters), ebi-furai (fried shrimp), camembert tempura, a few of the kids’ favorite sushi rolls, and a nice variety of nigiri.
But we did try a few new things. Yesterday, the Komé chefs broke down a whole tuna from Japan, so we enjoyed some of the sashimi from that, and it was the first time for me to try the duck breast and foie gras sushi. It was amazing! We also got the kani cream korokke (creamy crab croquette) which was delicious.