How To Get Head in a Sushi Bar

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Cajun cooks know that the shrimp's head is the best part, oozing the red oil that gives these crustaceans 95 percent of their flavor. And now the Japanese know it, too.

At the once-wildly-popular Tomoe Sushi in Greenwich Village, the list of special appetizers has recently included a copious pile of shrimp heads for $7, as many as two hungry people would want to eat.

The crunch is prodigious, the flavor delectable, and the panko crust as light as dandruff on the shoulders of an astronaut. But beyond the wonderful shrimp heads is a further oddness: They're served--in a near-miraculous act of international fusion--with Mexican guacamole. If you're like me and my companion, you'll find yourself eating the heads and the very garlicky guac separately.


Tomoe Sushi
172 Thompson Street
212-777-9346


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The wait for a table at Tomoe can still be an hour or more.


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Tomoe Sushi

172 Thompson St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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Liborito
Liborito

In Hasaki, in the East Village, they used to prepare it occasionally in very small batches, but not breaded, simply lightly covered with egg batter and deep fried.

HSStudios
HSStudios

Nice feature.  The shrimp heads have been on he Tomoe menu for a long time.  I remember getting them there 8 years ago or so.  Sadly Tomoe ain't what it used to be.

bryanfroster
bryanfroster

At first look I've got puzzled to see the long queue! It's too long!! Amazing! Though I haven't go for 'Tomoe Sushi' yet but now thinking about it soon to taste the head of shrimp what is very new menu to me. Thanks for adequate info about the restaurant.

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Sam
Sam

Fried shrimp heads usually accompany an order of sweet shrimp (amaebi) and I have been known to order the latter just as an excuse to consume the former. Love that bit of briny brainyness at the end of the bite!

Andrew Ti
Andrew Ti

Are you seriously trying to front that cajun cooks have "known" about eating shrimp heads longer than the Japanese?

rsietsema
rsietsema

Me too, but what other Japanese restaurants serve them in town?

intrepid eater
intrepid eater

 Exactly what I thought when I read this piece, Mr. Ti. "Now the Japanese know"? "now" being when? About a thousand years or so?

Sam
Sam

 I think I've had them at Takahachi in the East Village. And I've definitely been served them at some of the swankier joints in town like 15 East and Hatsuhana. I noticed some older Chowhound threads dealing with the issue as well. G'luck!

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