May 1, 2008
Aside from the fact that this was the site of my first date with my current partner, this spot is one of my favorites in the world. Nestled in Setagayaku’s Sakurajosui, Danran sushi (danran definition: sit in a (family) circle and chat happily; enjoy each other’s [one another's] company) serves up fish dishes and sushi that are lively and simply delicious.
This was our meal on April 13. We ate a lot and I can not remember half the names of the fish. Here goes (in pictures):
Toro and negi kushiyaki: If you want to spoil yourself, order cooked toro – it’s almost sinful to cook toro in the first place – and once you feel the warm piece of toro melting in your mouth, you’ll know it’s not “almost” sinful, it “is” sinful.
Roasted ginnan: I hated ginnan before eating this here. Now I am in love with these little beads of delight. This image does not do justice to the pearly, sparkly, transparent green color that is quite indescribable, much like the taste – it is close to a nut, but not really, more tender and juicy but not berry-like. (Ginnan is commonly referred to “Ginko,” I think, in America – as in Ginko Biloba)
Main installment. Nigiri begins… (I will let the photos speak for themselves, caption-less dishes means I can’t remember the names – most likely ordered by the Japanese boyfriend)