The next two skewers were "Special". Upon ordering, we were allowed to request two from the menu for our omakase. Choices include Back Soft Bone, Meltingly Tender Belly Skin, Kidney, Whole Heart, Neck Meat, Sot l'y Laisse, Crispy Neck Skin, Knee Gristle, etc. How daring! Based on the choices, I'm assuming they're "Special" because there are only limited quantities of these skewers. For example, a chicken only has one heart, unless I am unaware of a new breed of chicken that has more than one. Anyways, we ordered the Fillet and the Sot l'y Laisse. The fillet was so good (pictured below - left). It's taken from the tender part of the thigh. Given that thigh is dark meat, it contains a bit more fat than white meat. This factor gives the chicken a juicier and richer flavor.
Next, we got the Chicken Meatball. I thought it was fine but I can see how some can consider this one a bit salty. For our omakase, they gave us a raw yolk to use as a dipping sauce. It gave the meatball a nice, refreshing, buttery taste. It seems a bit intimidating to dip into a completely uncooked egg yolk. But, it's actually pretty good and very common at Yakitori establishments. FUN FACT: While cooking an egg helps kill bad bacteria that might be present, eggs provide more nutrients (vitamin D, zinc, etc.) when consumed raw.
For dessert, there were several choices which included Shiso Sorbet or Peach Jelly along with a flight of Crème Brûlée flavors (Roasted Green Tea, Black Sesame, Green Tea). All were very good. The Shiso Sorbet was pretty interesting. I'd recommend it if you're too full and just want a refreshing ball of paradise to end your meal. Otherwise, the Crème Brûlée was good. I liked tasting the Roasted Green Tea and the Green Tea side by side. The Green Tea flavor was fresh, grassy, and sweet. The Roasted Green Tea flavor was more nutty, toasted, and felt like a mix between black and green tea.
Next time I come back, I would be very interested in trying out their "Select Counter" tasting menu. For $140, this course meal includes a combination of the Yakitori skewers and traditional Japanese dishes.
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