Yesterday was my birthday and Rubin took me to dinner at Samurai Mama. I have wanted to go there for awhile but am always skeptical of Japanese restaurants. My grandmother had a huge hand in raising me (I saw her almost everyday until she passed away when I was 18) and her cooking was out of this world. Needless to say, I have very high standards. I am also a vegetarian and many Japanese restaurants are not super veg-friendly. Samurai Mama was epic. On the menu is a collection of small plates, sushi and a variety of udon styles and toppings. The restaurant is beautiful and everything we ate was heart warming and delicious. Did I mention they have an imported Japanese water filtration system so all the water used in the food preparation, all the water for the dashi broth and all the water you drink is "the purest, cleanest water you will ever try in New York"? Did I mention it's cheap? It's my new favorite place.
House-made tsukemono and my shiso mojito.
The kabocha pumpkin cooked in sweet dashi tasted just like my grandmother's.
Inari and soy sauce three ways; plain, with a little wasabi, with lots of wasabi. So convenient.
For me, this is the ultimate comfort food. I'd take it over mac and cheese any day.
The hoji tea pudding was delicious but I really wish they had some daifuku or kanten desserts. That would REALLY make me feel like a kid again. Maybe someday.