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March 18, 2013 / Food Follower

Dinner at Robataya

I discovered this Japanese restaurant on the lower east side over the summer but never actually ate here. At the entrance of Robataya, there are Japanese chefs preparing food and a long table where diners can eat and watch the spectacle.

The other room of this restaurant is really pretty, nice, and relaxing (sorry, I am no expert when it comes to decor). The menu at Robataya is far from the norm when it comes to Japanese restaurants that I have been to in NYC, but the food is superb.

My parents and I shared a number of appetizers and a couple of rice dishes which our server recommended. This is definitely a place to check out, though it is on the pricey side.

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Lightly fried asparagus and fish paste with rice cracker and toasted pine nuts. This was my favorite appetizer – so innovative and just delicious!

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Mackerel-pressed sushi – the presentation of this dish was fantastic, and the sushi tasted even better.

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Fluke sashimi – this was my least favorite because the fish was too salty.

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Japanese yam wrapped in nori seaweed – the yam was slightly crunchy, and I love seaweed.

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Mochi rice cake wrapped in seaweed – this looked very similar to the yams, but had a very different taste. The mochi had a gummy texture and were oh so yummy (look at me trying to rhyme. I’m such a natural poet). Until yesterday, I had only tried sweet mochi, but I really like these savory ones.

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Kamemashi – a rice dish cooked in a small pot. Our server recommended this dish to us, so we ordered a Kamemashi with chicken and one with mushrooms (the one in the picture).

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Here is how the Kamemashi were served to us.

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Bowl of Kamemashi with chicken on one side and mushrooms on the other (I forget which side was which).

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