Through the unassuming doors of Soto, the 2 Michelin Star restaurant, our omakase adventure begins! The specialty of Soto is the wonderful, buttery uni – which appears on numerous dishes in all sorts of forms. The uni was hands down the best uni I’ve had – so very fresh, light, buttery and delicate, melting into oblivion in your mouth, leaving nothing but the indescribable taste of the ocean. Sheer beauty.
Uni aside, the other dishes were excellent too – the emphasis here on freshness and letting the natural flavours of the quality ingredients shine is obvious, and very much appreciated. Here’s our lineup for that night:
Black and White sesame tofu, with wasabi soy sauce
Ah-mazing. I’ve never been fond of tofu – this delicate, intensely flavoured custard delight just blew my mind.
with ginger and scallon
with shrimp, chicken shitake, mitsuba, ginkgo nuts, yuzu zest
Wild Trout with Caviar
with sesame watercress salad
Uni, pure and simple
Uni Tempura with Uni powder
Probably my least favourite dish that night – deep frying the delicate uni just tastes away that amazing, light and butter texture. Such a waste!
thinly sliced sea clam with myoga ginger shoots and sesame, marinated in sweet miso mustard sauce
Scallop, Fluke, Shiso Wrapped Agedashi
deep fried shiso wrapped scallop and fluke, served in dashi broth
Wild Snapper Carpaccio
new zealand wild snapper with aged vinegar and sea salt sesame oil garnished with chopped ginger shoot and cilantro
Minute Steamed Tai
light steamed new zealand wild snapper with ginger scallion oil
Steamed Lobster with Uni Mousse
layers of steamed main lobster and uni mousse in lotus wrap garnished with smoked uni and caviar
Without a doubt, my favourite dish of the night.
Uni Ika Sugomori Zukuri
sea urchin wrapped in thinly sliced squid and shiso served with quail egg and tosa soy reduction
Chyu Torto Tar Tare
chopped fatty part of big eye tuna with avocado coulis, garnished with caviar, chive, served in sesame ponzu sauce
lightly broiled new zealand langoustine under shiitake sauce
Assorted Mochi Ice Cream
Descriptions are either from my memory (to the best of my ability) or from Soto – I’ve tried to be as accurate as possible so as not to malign the dishes!
357 6th Ave
New York, NY 10079