Came here after a very disappointing dinner at Firebird.
We came here and tried their Mac and cheese, green tea creme brulee, and Kuro Goma Sweet Tofu.
The mac and cheese was pretty good. The panko gave it a slight crisp to the top of the mac and cheese. Usually the top is kind of burnt. But the use of the panko was creative and it didn't burn the top of the cheese. It does have a little kick to it from the spice shichimi. It's just enough spice. If you can't handle spicy food, you can definitely handle this.
The green tea creme brulee had a very strong green tea flavor which I liked. Most green tea things don't have enough green tea flavor in it, but this was an exception. It's a good thing that there was ice cream on the side, it helped to cut the green tea flavor and to balance the dish. The granola helped too. Definitely worth trying.
Last thing we tried was the sweet tofu. Good thing I suggested to try this last because it is really sweet. If we had tried this first, we wouldn't have tasted anything in the creme brulee. The hoji-cha syrup gets a little getting used to. It's not just a sweet syrup. I would say it's an acquired taste. We just poured it over the tofu and scooped it out. I wouldn't recommend "destroying" the tofu into little pieces. The sesame tuile flavor is quite strong but it adds to the dish. Tofu itself is also mildly sweet if you can taste it. I would recommend this dish.
I would definitely recommend this place. It's a nice dessert place. They do have some main course dishes that I do plan to try out towards the end of December. I will update the review then. For now, 4 stars. If the food can impress me, they might be one of the few dessert places that deserves a 5 star from me.
One thing that made my experience that much better was that when we asked for the check, we told them to add the cost of one of the small bakery bags that they sell. They had forgotten to add in the price and when we told them about it they said it was on the house. That was really generous of them. I appreciate the good gesture. In return, we gave them the cost of that item and then some in tips =D
Service was excellent. The staff is very friendly.
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