Ta Vie 旅 has been open for about a year, and the Tiggers still haven't had a chance to visit Sato-san at his new digs. So I took the opportunity to check out some of the new seasonal dishes that have appeared on the menu since my last dinner there. It's always good to come back and visit Sato-san and Takano-san.
I was expecting to taste bitterness from the butterbur buds, but instead of serving them whole as is usually done in Japanese cuisine, Sato-san has chosen to chop them into bits to sprinkle onto the gnocchi as flavoring. This imparted a hint of the familiar flavors without letting the bitter flavors dominate the dish. A stroke of genius.