Lunch @ EN Japanese Brasserie

On Saturday, I met up with L for lunch at EN Japanese Brasserie.  The restaurant is known for their freshly made, in-house tofu.  We both ordered the Saikyo miso black cod lunch set, which came with the tofu, miso soup, watercress salad, pickles, and white rice.  We also ordered two sides, the shoyu-braised pork belly and lotus root and the shoyu-braised Okara, or lees of soymilk.  Don’t know what lees are?  I didn’t either at the time, but according to wiki, “lees refers to deposits of dead yeast or residual yeast and other particles that precipitate…to the bottom of a vat of wine after fermentation and aging.”  The lees dish was delicious! Crumbly soft, delicate grit.

The house tofu, made fresh hourly–I could definitely eat a vat of this stuff: so luscious.

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Miso black cod…swoon:

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Pork belly and lotus root:

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Okara (lees of soymilk), shoyu-braised with shiitakes, carrots, and peas: I thought this dish oozed umami.

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Overall, the meal was immensely satisfying: aesthetic, savory, filling. At $16 for the lunch set, I’d consider it a bargain, though I would also recommend getting extra tofu on the side. We were served complimentary green tea with the check to cap off the lunch. A good meal from start to finish is a beautiful thing.

EN Japanese Brasserie
435 Hudson St.
New York NY 10014

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