It has been some time since I last saw V, and seeing as his birthday is coming up, we decided to meet up for dinner at Hidden Kitchen (秀殿). I was kinda in the mood for a casual place without a set menu, where we could just pick and choose... and (hopefully) not stuff ourselves.
We arrived and were seated at the opposite end of the L-shaped counter from where I last sat. That means we were right in front of the deep-fryer. Fortunately the restaurant has installed a powerful range hood that envelops the deep-fryer and funnels the air up to the ceiling (and presumably expels it outside), so we didn't get too much interference from the smell. This was important because we had brought a couple of nice bottles...
Bamboo shoot (筍串) - spring veggies are the best, and the bamboo shoot was very tasty.
Giant clam (蛤串) - this was a seriously big clam! Very nice texture, and tasty, too.
The whole thing was really, really delicious. But I made the mistake of dropping a few of the salmon roe onto the floor. Boo hoo...
Kelp with herring roe (子持ち昆布) - I loved this on my last visit, so I wanted it again. So delicious... and I love the crunchy and springy sensation as I bit into the cube of roe.
Oyster (かき) - this was very good, too... and I'm usually not big on fried oysters (かきフライ).
The main focus for tonight was actually on wine, so we each brought a bottle of Burgundy to dinner. We knew the restaurant wouldn't have nice crystal stemware, and the thought of bringing my own glassware did cross my mind... but in the end we just used whatever the restaurant provided.