Chef Niki Nakayama and Chef Carole Iida-Nakayama's newest creation, n/soto.
Those who are familiar with n/naka's Ebiken menu offered during the recent global pandemic (6 months or 9 months worth since their first Ebiken offering?) will find this very familiar. "A Taste of Home" is their opening menu, and the flavors range from subtle to appreciative to a few outright amazing. It's a balance of approaches that the n/naka and n/soto teams seem to pull of spectacularly well, unlike some other noted chefs who really only know big and bold (a la Kogi BBQ) or the more traditional delicacy and balance seen in Japanese cooking.
Focusing n/soto on take-out also seems to be a well-timed pivot to return n/naka to its traditional Kaiseki dine-in once the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.
Aside from the familiar and delicious cooking that continues from n/naka to n/soto, the more affordable price point of the Ebiken menu (vs. the higher-end Jubako) probably also keeps them accessible to a wider audience. And who would expect a Michelin 2* chef to setup shop on such an unassuming block of Washington Blvd.??
Ekiben "A Taste of Home" | Pickup
Beef Sukiyaki, Shirataki Noodles, Hanjuku Tamago
Lobster Miso Dynamite
Salmon Teriyaki, Negi
Fried Chicken Wing, Paprika, Garlic
Shrimp Egg Foo Young, Shiitake Ankake
Smoked Chicken Yakitori, Tare, Yuzu Shichimi
Inari Sushi, Shrimp, Avocado
Tuna Macaroni Salad, Lime, Bell Pepper
Saba Oshizushi, Gari, Shiso (please enjoy with provided soy sauce)
Pickled Cauliflower & Tokyo Turnip
Daikon & Carrot Salad, Ume, Ponzu Dressing
Dashi Marinated Ikura, Cucumber Cup
Green Bean Gomae, Peanuts, Pickled Shallot
Tamago Toji Miso
Almond Coconut Cake
Strawberries, Champagne and Cream Jelly