29 May 2012

a lunch at Sushi Samba 7- West Village

Noted for its Sex in the City hey days, I've been meaning to check out the Latin-Japanese fusion menu at Sushi Samba 7 since an old colleague expressed a deep love for the the River Crabs. We decided to take in the cloud-free sky and hot afternoon by walking there from our Financial District apartment.

The vibrant walls house various hues of orange and green squares, walls open to the streets and diligently focused folks slicing fish and fresh citrus fruit. Trendy music laced the air with just enough air conditoning to neutralize the humidity outside.

I sipped on a Lychee-elderflower-prosecco cocktail, garnished with a fuschia orchid, my husband dove into a flight of sakes.

We decided to order a handful of small dishes to allow us to sample the menu. To begin,  selected the seared Waygu beef dressed with warm honshimeji mushrooms, ponzu gelee and truffled tofu crema. It should come as no surprise that this is truly an excellent plate. Light and well-matched flavors collaborated well. My husband was tempted to order a second!

Moments after the Waygu arrived, our River Crabs were presented- claws up ready for attack! The bartender took in my husband's precarious expression and offered, "Pop them like pop corn!"

The flash-fried little buggers are dressed with sea salt and a caramelized lemon for squeezing over top. Crunchy and delicious, they are a must.

For our third plate, we requested the tasting of four sashimi seviches: Yellowtail (ginger, garlic, soy), Salmon (arugula, jalapeno, orange, aji amarillo), Tuna (grapefruit, serrano, cilantro, coconut) and Shrimp (passionfruit, cucumber, cilantro). I must speak the freshness- all of the varieties were impeccable. I would have to say that I favored the Tuna for the marinade, and the jalapenos in the salmon.

If we were to return, I'd head to the roof top!

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