Report on Last Weekend's Family Meal (Makanai) at EN Japanese Brasserie
Last Saturday evening at 10 pm En Japanese Brasserie hosted a makanai, or restaurant family meal. The food was presented buffet style at the sold-out event in the resetaurant's barroom and lounge.
The vibe was laid back, except when Japanese food fans early in the meal stormed the buffet over and over as new dishes arrived. They needn't have been so aggressive--plenty of food was provided and, by the end of the evening, the tables were still groaning with heaping platters of salads and stews, and fresh tureens of soup.
The $45 charge included all the food you could stuff down, and unlimited Sapporo beer. That beer was dispensed from a pair of taps in a novel system I'd never seen before, but which seemed oh! so Japanese. One spigot filled the pint glass with beer, while a squirt from the second delivered a thick mantle of pure foam. "I wonder if you could just get a glass of pure foam," one of the guests at my table wondered.