Each year, our team goes out for a holiday dinner together in the city. Last year, we went to Spice Market down in the West Village. Unfortunately, it closed this year (now replaced with Tim Ho Wan) so we had to pick somewhere else. Somehow we ended up picking Zuma, in Midtown Manhattan.
My boss picked the signature tasting menu for the table, which included sixteen different dishes. Sixteen counts the dessert as one dish, even though there were six different desserts.
Now onto reviewing each dish. YAS.
The maximum number of stars is 5. Five stars means AMAZINGGGGGG. Three doesn’t necessarily mean it was bad, but it isn’t something that I would order again (because I’d want to try another dish). One means it was REALLY BAD.
gyu no tataki
seared beef with soy, ginger, lime and coriander
suzuki no sashimi
thinly sliced seabass with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe
hamachi usuzukuri pirikara, ninniku gake
sliced yellowtail with green chili relish, ponzu and pickled garlic
fried soft shell crab with wasabi mayonnaise
maguro to senbei
tartare of tuna with crispy rice cracker
tokusen nigiri zushi, sashimi moriwase
a selection of fine nigiri sushi and premium sashimi
spicy yellowtail roll with sansho pepper, avocado and wasabi mayo
gin-dara no saikyo yaki
marinated black cod wrapped in hoba leaf
tokudai wafu asparagasu
asparagus with wafu sauce and sesame
kimoko no kama meshi
rice hot pot with wild mushrooms and japanese vegetables with fresh shaved truffle
ebi no sumibiyaki koshou fuumi
jumbo tiger prawn with yuzu pepper
rib eye with chili ponzu
includes some version of:
green tea and banana cake
exotic and seasonal fruit
raspberry & mango sorbet
shiro miso “creme brulee”
All in all, it was an amazing dinner. As you can see, my favorites were the mushroom risotto with truffle, miso cod, and rib eye.
I’m definitely going back!
Happy holidays y’all!