Last day of n/naka's Ebiken Japan, in collaboration with Jetro (Japan External Trade Organization Los Angeles). Highlight of this collaboration is Yumehitachi rice from the Ibaraki prefecture. And of course, a dessert collaboration, this time with Chef Elizabeth Jeon.
Sashimi atop rice was delicious, a generous combination of hamachi (yellowtail), uni (sea urchin), ahi, ikura (salmon roe), and shrimp. Fresh wasabi and even tastier ginger. The onigiri next to it was fluffy rice as promised, although it's harder to get excited about onigiri when it's next to this much tasty raw fish. *grins* Ditto for the cooked salmon atop rice, tasty but just doesn't compare to the sashimi in the same box.
Next box was a mix of multiple tasty items. Kurobuta pork katsu, thin sliced beef, shrimp, kabocha salad... all excellent. The kabocha salad in particular has been admirably consistent every meal-- nom! A bit of tempura didn't hurt either. And assembled beautifully, despite there being so much crammed in the box. It seemed almost unfair to relegate such good shrimp to the little corner it was in.
Not a particular fan of n/naka's matcha chocolate cakes, but the Kinako almond praline dango worked quite well, and being on a skewer was fun. The jello's balance of citrus and muscat wasn't quite what I was hoping for-- a bit surprising, normally the jello is my favorite item in the dessert box. Still a delicious meal, although this one was not my favorite from n/naka.