EN Japanese Brasserie

Friday, July 3, 2009 10comments No tags Permalink 0

On Sunday evening, post-Gay Pride Parade, Zubair took me out to EN Japanese Brasserie for my birthday dinner :D My first visit to this restaurant was back in late April, when we stopped in for an order of the fresh tofu, served warm. It was amazing! On that occasion, we came in during the late afternoon, and were the only diners in the very large restaurant. I guess it should have been no surprise when we returned two months later on that Sunday, and the hostess said, “ahh so good to see you again! didn’t you two stop by for tofu months ago?” A sweet surprise ^_^

This meal was equally gorgeous…above is a shot of the bar, right when you enter in the restaurant…

…and this is the dining area.

We started off with sake…

…the Ksumi Tsuru recommended by the waitress. And then proceeded to eat, huzzah!
First, the fresh-made tofu, served warm with wari-joyu
Pouring, pouring…this dish is just so lovely, it makes me happy just to look at it!

I an absolute sucker for anything with uni, so we had to get the uni roll. Avocado, cucumber, and shiso wrapped inside, topped off with uni.
Isn’t it pretty?

Next, the goma dofu agedashi. This dish was ten million times better than we anticipated. Four cubes, two each of fresh housemade black and white sesame tofu, lightly fried. The tofu is served in a dashi broth with a variety of Japanese mushrooms. When you bite through the crisp fried crust, molten tofu shoots outs…potentially dangerous, but oh-so-delicious. It was like eating hot black and white sesame cream. Definitely the most interesting dish of dinner.

We also shared the spicy chu toro roll, which featured marbled tuna belly mixed with okra…

…and the reisei uni chawanmushi, off the seasonal menu. Uni custard topped with more uni. I swear, along with pasta and pizza, I’d kill to have uni every day of my life ^_^

Finally, soba tea pudding, clean and haunting in its’ simplicity. The texture was memoerable, a supple cross between that of Chinese almond tofu and panna cotta.

Oh man, I always forget how much I love Japanese food, a staple cuisine in Hawai’i, though of a different sort. To bad we don’t have places like Kozo Sushi in New York…accessible, fresh and affordable enough to eat on a daily basis. Oh well, on these rare occasions that I have sushi in New York, I appreciate it all the more :)

EN Japanese Brasserie
435 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 647-9196

  • Marcia B.
    July 3, 2009

    omg yummy, what is the price range>

  • K and S
    July 3, 2009

    not a fan of uni but they surely put a lot on their dishes, very generous!

  • Tamakikat
    July 4, 2009

    What a great birthday dinner. I like everything about the restaurant, En from its name to the interior to the dishes. I'm there with you when it comes to uni especially when it's straight from the sea.TK

  • anonymous
    July 4, 2009

    that looks like a nice splurge! all the uni looks great

  • Shing
    July 4, 2009

    wow so many exciting way to eat uni!!restaurant looks so trendy!

  • EatTravelEat
    July 4, 2009

    Uni makes a meal amazing! Especially when it is fresh and yummy, and prepared in so many ways. I haven't had a uni roll or uni custard before. Now I need to find a place that serves uni in so many ways :)…

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 4, 2009

    Hey Marcia!You can find the menu here -> http://www.enjb.com/ ^_^Hey Kat!Generous, but also pretty pricey, heheh :)Hey Tamakikat!Couldn't have asked for anything more :) Yesss, uni is just amazing…I could never tire of it :)Hey Danny!The uni was awesomeee…definitely a meal to remember! ^-^Hey Shing!No kidding, huh? ^_^Hey Eat Travel!All the different preparations were really cool, though sometimes uni, straight up, simple and plain, is most delicious! :)

  • anonymous
    July 7, 2009

    Awesome post! I am now dying to go there and eat all that uni. How much does a meal like that (sans sake) cost these days?

  • anonymous
    July 8, 2009

    That is one gorgeous looking uni roll!

  • femmebot
    July 17, 2009

    EN is one of the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week this summer and their prix fixe menu includes the fresh tofu!

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