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I just started following a new foodie app called “Chefs Feed” which has chefs recommend one featured dish from another restaurant. A stand-out image was “egg on egg on egg” that totally took my attention… for days… until I made it to Sakamai, a modern Izakaya and Sake Lounge in the Lower East Side, the brainchild and genius of Chef Akiyama.
Akiyama has mastered many different types of cuisine, from Japanese Kaiseki to Modern French. Words can’t really describe the refined, yet seemingly simple combination of flavors and textures incorporated in Akiyama’s dishes.
“Egg on egg on egg” is a layering of Caviar on Uni on soft scrambled eggs (like a chawan mushi) which is a journey on the taste buds from crisp and salty, to creamy and pungent, to soft and delicate. And it’s so good. If you like this kind of dish, get one for yourself, because it will be hard to share!
The presentation of all the dishes at Sakamai is top notch with sensual in-shell or slate tile plating. The room is cool and casual leaning towards a Lower East Side vibe with a lot of asian foodies here ( a good sign for me).
– Egg on Egg on Egg
– All raw dishes – Oysters Trio, Kanpachi, Madae
– Truffled Veges – so crisp and interesting and decadently truffley.
I love supporting a new chef who really brings his best to the table. Excellent at good value for the standard of food. You have to go!
WHAT TO WEAR?
Sakamai’s easy vibe but structured cooking with great ingredients inspires me like Mongolian designer Ariunna Suri who designs with modern lines, a black and slate palate with pops of color, and fit that is very wearable for almost anyone but still very thoughtful.
157 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002