It's been a couple of months since I last paid a visit to Neighborhood, and a few of my friends have been posting about their meals on social media. I've been drooling over the firefly squids (蛍烏賊) from Toyama Prefecture (富山県) in particular, so I hurriedly begged for a couple of seats at the bar for a quick dinner tonight.
The risotto was nice and al dente. The sea urchin sweet and creamy. And those firefly squids... they just exploded with flavors of the ocean once I bit into them. The finely chopped chives and black pepper worked really, really well with the dish.
The mistake we made? We should have cut out one of the other dishes and ordered two of these - so that we both could have a bowl to ourselves!
The flap steak was perfectly cooked. It was tender, juicy, and full of beefy flavors. The bone marrow on top didn't hurt, either... Someone was happy.
We really didn't have room for dessert, and just made do with canelés. Yum!
This being a casual dinner and all, I brought a simple bottle that I'd been cellaring for more than a decade for casual drinking.