Escape into another world at this hidden Kyoto style restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Adorable (yet tiny) booths with a Omakase menu to let you try foreign delights. Expensive culinary journey but less than a trip to Japan. ENJOY.
Ambience – Private wooden screen rooms are cute for a romantic date or secret party dinner.. beware if you are larger than Japanese people as you may feel squashed..
Chilled Omakase Plate – Selection of teeny Japanese Goodies to start.
Hot Sake – Hot and warming, Perfect for Fall.
Miso Soup – Too many fried tofu skins.. blehhh
Seawater eel and cucumber in light vinegar sauce – Naturally Oily Eel lightened y the cucumber in lovely asian dashi sauce. More please..
Plum tomato in chilled dashi broth – Plump, cold and savory.. Interesting and silly
Hamachi Sashimi – Fresh, thinly sliced
Spinach amusebouche – Creamy, salty, gooey preparation of Oshitashi.
Salad with Homemade tofu, baby greens, yuba, sesame dressing – Light fluffy tofu melts onto the soft spinach salad. Fresh and DELICIOUS
Summer Tempura – Sweet and plump Mongo Ika squid, ingen beans and corn as Kakiage-style tempura is an amazing dish. Many textures and flavors. The ponzu sauce sets it off. MUST TRY
Saikyo Miso Cod – Grilled black cod in Kyoto miso marinade is always a winner! Sweet, soft and meaty!
Softshell shrimp with crispy rice crackers – Served with sansho pepper mayonnaise it was playful, light and silly but fun to eat.
Filet Mignon Tataki Donburi – All natural filet mignon, lightly seared (rare) and thinly sliced: served over rice with ginger garlic soy sauce. Light and delicious.
frozen black sesame mousse – Creamy and only mildly sweet with hints of savory. Loved it
Milk pudding Azuki red beans & strawberries – Very thick and creamy. Not my thing.
If I had to summarize Zenkichi in an outfit it would be this structured jacket from New Zealand designer Moochi which is textured and functional, paired with a crop black top that is very Williamsburg. Zenkichi is very dark and graphic inside so an outfit with structure reflects the kyoto-style interior.
Moochi Jacket, cropped top and black Miniskirt