Omakase at Tori No Su - Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
|Birds' nests shades.|
While I await the third course, I see a family sitting down at the Teppanyaki table. Teppanyaki, a style of cooking more popular with foreigners than Japanese, is very theatrical. The family, with 3 children are transfixed as the chef creates his form of culinary theatre.
|Awabai and kani soup|
|The bird (tori) motif is seen here in the origami style background.|
Fried Canadian lobster and fried camembert cheese make up the Tomezakana. The fried camambert is just divine. The contrast as I bite into it is there on two fronts. The outside is deliciously crispy, giving way to soft melted creamy camambert. In its fried state the flavour is stronger. Add to this the sweet chili sauce, and you can apprecaite my delight. However, that is not all. Canadian lobster as you cannot imagine - Japanese crackers in small, granulated pieces serve as a batter, creating little balls of lobster. Oishkata desu!
For the final dish I am expecting something special, and I am not disappointed. It is the Skokuji. A clay pot is brought to the table and I am served what looks like fried rice, but it is not fried. It has been cooked in the pot. This is a high point for me. It is a dish that, of all tonight, shows the typical Japanese characteristics - subtlety and emphasis on natural flavours. Because there is very little seasoning if any, I can taste the yellow fin tuna, kinoko mushrooms and leek. There is a bit of beef jus, but not obviously discernible. I have two servings. Sadly, in my enthusiasm, I forget to take a picture! I guess you will have to go and experience it, but be wanted it is really is about delicate tastes.
One of the many virtues of Japanese cuisine is that I seldom feel bloated, even after a hearty meal, and that is the case again tonight.
Dessert is all simplicity. An oversized bowl with ice and topped with three desserts is brought. On a bamboo leaf, is mango and watermelon. I feel the beauty of nature as I have the fruit - sweet and beautifully textured. Perfect. I then have a Green tea roll cake. Just the right size. Finally, Raspberry cheese cake completes what is a fitting dessert selection - not heavy but with enough elements to satisfy. Green tea, of course, accompanies my dessert.
Tori no Su's Omakase concept offers an exceptional dining experience. With outsanding ingredients, and alot of them sourced from Japan, it is easy to see why the food tatses so good. That of course and Chef Ando's skill and experience. His contemporary take on Japanese cuisine does not flirt with too much experimentation, so even traditionalists will enjoy his creations. For novices to Japanese cuisinse, the omakase gives you an introduction that goes beyond standard popular Japanese dishes. It is a chance to delve deeper into one of the world's most celebrated and beautiful cuisines in a stylish space. The Omakase is innovative and ever-changing, and along with the Chef's Table that takes place once a month, shows how personalized dining is valued at Tori No Su.
The low down
Tori No Su
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
+971 2 811 5666