Serious Eats: Talk
Review of my 50th birthday dinner in Gator Town
Thank you all for the birthday wishes in the other thread. :)
We wound up going to Miraku ( http://www.mirakujapanesesteakhouse.com ) for teppenyaki and sushi bar. The chef in the video is who we were treated to. He calls himself "Mr. Yummy" on his chef's coat.
Paul and I split a sushi and sashimi platter, chef's choice. It came with three nigiri each of tuna, salmon, snapper and eel. Now, I don't like eel, but Paul is a fan. He ate the first piece, his eyes widened, and he said, "I don't believe I've had eel this good since I left New York." So, I went ahead and had one of the three pieces. It was good, though I still do not care enough for it to order it separately. But should we get that platter there again, I'll have one piece while Paul has the other two.
The sashimi was supposed to consist of 12 pieces as well. Instead it consisted of three slices each of tuna, salmon and snapper, four slices of octopus and six pieces of conch; all served on a bed of julienne daikon. I know sashimi should be eaten purely alone, but I just had to try putting a slice of gari and a few slivers of daikon on each piece. Heavenly.
That alone was a wonderful start. And well worth the $25 price for both of us, especially as it came with a bowl of miso soup.
Beorn wouldn't touch the sushi or sashimi, so we allowed him to get a combo appetizer. He had gyoza, steak terriyaki skewers and bite sized fried fish of some sort.
The teppanyaki (the large habachi grill/show part of dinner) was fun and good. Each dinner came with a choice between a light onion soup or miso soup, and a salad with ginger dressing, a shrimp flambé appetizer (only three tiny shrimp, but we truly didn't mind as there was so much food anyway) and a choice of steamed white or cooked on the grill in front of you fried rice. We all chose the onion soup, since we had the miso with the sushi/sashimi.
(to be continued)