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Overall CID rating 2.50 out of 5

Thumbs Up: gyoza skin
Thumbs Down: retched-smelling bamboo shoots, heart-attack pork belly

Recommendations: Customize your order, “No smelly bamboo for me, please!”

“CID Highlight” – Pork Gyoza: CID Rating 3 out of 5

This dish was the highlight of my meal tonight though still nothing to write home about. The gyoza skin was thin, light, and crispy on one side. The filling however needed a bit more seasoning. I still prefer the pork gyoza at Sapporo.
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Overall CID rating 3.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: creative rolls, paradise, $1 sushi and sashimi, $3 rolls
Thumbs Down: crispy duck salad

Recommendations: Stick to the rolls! Better value for the dollar.

“CID Highlight” – The Hawaiian: CID Rating 5 out of 5

Eel and mango with spicy crunchy salmon and tobiko. The thin slices of mango added a hint of sweetness but the true mango flavor didn’t come through. But I loved it none-the-less! (See picture below)
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Overall CID rating 4 out of 5

Thumbs Up: fresh ingredients, talented and friendly chefs, tofu cheesecake
Thumbs Down: pricey

Recommendations: For my fellow CIDs where every dollar matters, see you during Restaurant Week!

“CID Highlight” – Meet the Chefs: CID Rating 5 out of 5

I call them the three amigos. Not only were they making delicious food but they were having fun while doing so. I definitely recommend sitting chef-side! Don’t run Morimoto, I’m your biggest fan!!!
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Overall CID rating 2.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: quiet conversation, sesame creme brulee

Thumbs Down: value for the dollar, macha and red bean green tea

Recommendations: Leave your credit card at home, it’s cash only.

“CID Highlight” – Sesame Creme Brulee: CID rating 3 out of 5

Sesame Creme Brulee

This dish reminded me of the the divine green tea creme brulee I had at Upstairs. Though it doesn’t compare because the flavor of the sesame was not infused into the creme brulee like the green tea was but I am a big fan of anything sesame. So the scoop of sesame ice cream and sesame crisp was enough for me to enjoy this creme brulee dish.
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Alas, it’s that time again when the senses in our bodies are awakened while our bank accounts can take a breather. For our first experience of Restaurant Week, we chose EN Japanese in the West Village. The tantalizing and traditional menu whispered sweet little words in my ear, “come and experience”.

As we entered the unassuming glass doorway, we were presented with high ceilings and an open kitchen that would make even the savviest of chefs shy away. Though it seemed a bit cluttered with a variety of serving dishes piled high, it actually added character to the atmosphere. There was a hum of quiet chatter from the already seated guests. Some were there for business, others for a birthday, or just enjoying good food with good company. We were the latter.

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