Yesterday was a great, great day...for a few reasons:
1. My first dish - Slow Cooker Braised Asian Short Ribs - was featured on Foodgawker!
See my newly minted gallery here...there's just the one dish for now, but there'll be more soon, I promise!
2. Pageviews for SimplyVicky hit an all-time high for the day!
3. And...I got a little promotion at work too :)
So, to celebrate these (along with our almost 2 year anniversary),
Brad surprised me by taking me out dinner at one of our favorite Columbus restaurants, Kihachi.
Kihachi, located in a strip mall, is unassuming to say the least. It was featured on Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations. It is easily the most authentic Japanese restaurant in the area, and not for the faint of heart either. The menu is written largely in Japanese, and while they offer a variety of dishes, they are not your typical Americanized Japanese dishes. Kihachi is as authentic as it gets!
The ambiance inside is simple and inviting, with lots of artistic fresh flower arrangements.
We ordered the omakase dinner, which is a Japanese phrase that literally means, "I'll leave it to you." It allows the chef to innovative with your meal, serving you the freshest, most special items he has for the day. There usually is a series of plates, beginning with the lightest fare and proceeding to the heaviest. I tend to be a control freak with most things, but at Kihachi, I just sit back and enjoy...
Kihachi head chef
He presents his dishes on a variety of beautiful plates and bowls, which adds to the artistry...
Onto the meal...
Celebratory cheers to start!
Snow crab & mizuna salad, sea cucumber, watershield
Assorted plate of gobo stick, edamame, steamed duck, freshwater shrimp, smoked salmon, steamed vegetables
Organic forest mushroom miso soup
Assorted sashimi: bluefin toro, hamachi, seabream, squid
Shabu shabu style sliced beef with garlic ponzu dipping sauce
Assorted grill of Berkshire pork cheeks, tuna, sea scallops
Shiitake & shrimp tempura with lemon salt dipping sauce
Bluefin toro sushi
Homemade strawberry ice cream
For all you adventurous foodies, Kihachi is a must-try...
It was the perfect meal to end a great day!