Tokyo Restaurant Pioneers Vegetarian Sushi, See the Video
A hot new Tokyo restaurant in the Rappongi Hills section turns the sushi and sashimi traditions on their heads by offering an all-vegetarian menu. This is not just a collection of cucumber and pickled-daikon rolls, either, but beautifully turned out simulacra of normal fish-based sushi. The piece shown above, seemingly very fresh uni, is really made of a carrot puree, and other items are similarly convincing.
The translated name of the restaurant is Vegetable Sushi Potager, reports Tokyo-base Asian blog Rocket News 24. The atmosphere of the restaurant is typical of a sushi bar, formal and restrained, and the taste of the vegetarian sushi tends to be even more subtle than its seagoing counterpart. Notes reporter Master Blaster of the flavor: "It takes time to build bit by bit from the bottom of your heart as go through each course culminating in a new understanding of the word "delight".
A meal begins with sweet-potato chips dipped in no-alcohol sake turned into a creamy dressing. In addition to the sushi assortment, the meal also included a salad, tomato soup, steamed food, dessert, and tea. A set "sashimi" meal is also available (shown below). Here's the restaurant's website.
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