Kajitsu - Dude Grade: B+
414 East 9th Street
New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 228-4873
For the wife's b-day, we decided to revisit Kajitsu since we loved it so much the first time around. Kajitsu is one of these vegetarian restaurants that make you not miss meat at all - great textures and flavors. This second time around we went with the Hana menu (8 courses) and although we were pretty damn happy, we weren't as happy as the first time around. Still a great time, but our previous visit consisted of all ** and *** dishes.
Grilled Walnut, Wasabi, Soy Sauce
The texture is the interesting thing here where the tofu is kinda like a combo of panna cotta and mochi. Flavor was good with the fresh wasabi waking everything up, but the whole thing (texture/flavor) seemed to be missing something.
Vegetable Pot-au-feu with Yuzu **
Rutabaga, Cabbage, Green Pea, Kintoki Carrot, Cherry Tomato, Yukon Gold Potato, Rice Paper, Cipollini Onion
Beautiful clean flavors. The individual vegetables in the broth had great pronounced texture and flavor - my favorites were the carrot, cherry tomato and potato.
Grilled Kabu Turnip with Sake Kasu Sauce ***
Tiny Turnip, Turnip Leaf, Butternut Squash and Cous Cous Cake with Black Miso Sauce, Daikon Sushi
100% a WTF dish where all three components were killer. The Kabu Turnip had the best texture and amazing flavor - definitely tasting like the most delicious turnip with a subtly sweet flavor. Daikon sushi totally worked in terms of satisfying texture, great flavor, and works as a palate cleanser.
Nama-Fu Tempura with Azuki Bean Sauce **
Pumpkin Fu, Yomogi Fu
Great texture on this where it's crisp on the outside, but chewy on the inside. Flavor is solid too with the bean and pumpkin.
Leek, Grated Radish, Scallion, Horseradish
Not a big fan of the soba here. The texture is ok, but the flavor is only decent.
Vegetable Hot Pot with Kiritanpo *
Maitake Mushroom, Taro, Nappa Cabbage, Nametake Mushroom, Burdock Root, Mizuna, Mitsuba, Yam Noodles
Problem here is by the time we got to this dish I was actually pretty full, so it wasn't as enjoyable as it could have been since it was such a large hot pot. The flavors were a little muddled here as well, but still relatively tasty.
Snow Ball Mochi **
Strawberry, White Bean Paste
Mochi had great texture and flavor and was really eye opening. The accompanying ice cream tasted good, but the texture was a tad odd to me - not totally smooth. Overall though, still incredibly delicious.
--- What the F - in a bad way | (no stars - poor to average) | * Good | ** Great | *** What the F – in a good way