Tuesday, December 04, 2007

What is my favourite food?

I interrupt the current dreamy broadcast to announce the opening of a new sushi bar in town! I've been pondering what is my favourite food since Nigel asked me. How can you ask any foodie this question? It's a definite way of mentally torturing them, I know now. And for a while, I was gonna do a long piece on soup, because, yes, that is one of my favourite foods, anything soupy, I'll try it. Anything leftover, I'll cook it! But...

Grey and threatening skies and the tension of christmas lights notwithstanding, my feet took me straight in to Yen Sushi the minute I saw it was open. No question. No hesitation. One big beeline. You get the picture. I had heard some rumors before, but this was the first time I had set eyes on it. It's a simple place north of Milsom Street, up the cobbled alleyway by the pelican crossing. You can see the conveyor belt going round and round. The bar was full of people at 12.30pm and they squeeezed me in to the last seat in the corner.

I couldn't stop the secret smile of glee curving on my lips as I sat there, securely in my place: ginger, wasabi, tamari - ready! I think I got a few looks, as people are secretly suspicious of happy looking people - they think "what are they up to?" or "Looking too happy, must be faking." My patience all these years waiting for a decent sushi bar to come out to somersetshire* (*made-up word, pronounced in country accent, with a piece of hay sticking out of my mouth) has finally paid off! I was definitely having a zen moment. What do you do when you achieve a heart's desire? You TUCK in!

There was a varied mixture of hot dishes, sushi, sashimi and large hand rolls. I had some smooth tofu fried in cornflour with spring onion and soy, a sesame inside out roll with avocado and crabstick, those pillow things, some salmon sashimi (err...no pics, was too busy eating), and salmon belly chunk tempura in miso broth. Ya, go on, where's she putting it. And then I thought I'd better take some pics. Here's my last morsel. Everything was really fresh.
I was probably looking so happy that Chef Pedro came over and had a chat with me. He has been in Bath 3 weeks and he loves it. He wants to stay here. I'll tell you his story when I find out. Meanwhile, he says, "You from town, means I'll be seeing you here again then?" Oh yes, Chef Pedro, I'm sure I'm gonna be your friend. Gastronomically, of course.

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Proposition: What is your favorite food in your state or country? Requirements: Find some info about the food and show delicious pictures of it. Quantity: FIVE PEOPLE. Tag Mode: You leave their blog and post link and add to the list below.

Mybabybay loves Asam Laksa from Penang, Malaysia

JustMyThoughts loves Penang Char Koay Teow

My Lil Venture loves Laksa Sarawak

Monterssorimum loves Teluk Intan Chee Cheong Fun

Chinnee loves Melaka Wan Tan Mee

PeimunLeah loves Hakka Lei Cha

Hui Sia


Karen loves Pan Mee

Something about Lai loves Crispy duck skin from China

Simple American loves Cheese Enchiladas

Nicole Tan loves Char Tau Kueh

Velverse loves Otak-otak

Kenny Ng loves Jawa Mee

Fatty Poh loves Nasi Dagang Kelantan

wmw loves Kuih Tutu.

Nigel loves Char Kway Teow

Msiagirl loves sushi

I tag the following 5;

Lord Daft
Effie in Blindingham
Ryn Tales


Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Chef Pedro likes Msiagirl! *wink wink*

Kenny Mah said...

Ah... but does Msiagirl like Chef Pedro? *wink wink WINK*


But methinks yes, as he serves her some mighty fine sushi... And now I've had the pleasure of Japanese dining with LL, and you with her, when are the two of us gonna do Nipponeats together? :D

msiagirl said...

LL: You know for surelah! If you can whip up sushi for me, there's a high percentage I'm gonna be smiling at you.*grin*

Kenny: I expect we might get to hopefully do some eating together in easter! Gotta book those tickets!

WokandSpoon said...

Ooo, wow, that sushi looks good! I'm yet to find a good Japanese place near where we live.

eberlin said...

Lady C, we attended this establishment last night.

I defer to the superior knowledge of my wife on these matters and she states that the sushi was of superior quality. I can only concur and add that my Asahi was most refreshing.

The service too was most amicable. All in all a delight.

msiagirl said...

Hi Wokandspoon! Hope you've settled in your new place and can get started exploring decent places to eat. Glad you are back blogging a little.

Hi Lord D - pleased you investigated these new premises. :)

Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy said...

hahahaha ;-) Chef Pedro's cute. :-)

Pipnimble said...

Ok, your Taurean friend is catching up and is not seriously hungry for some sushi!!!! I remember you having wasabi sweats.

msiagirl said...

I've been so behind on my comments!

Nigel dear, glad you popped by.

Hi pipnimble - sorry I've been out of touch - will send you an email back soon!