Monday, July 14, 2014
I usually do a what-I-ate monthly round up, but I thought I would try something different using my camera phone pictures and VSCO cam app and focusing on a restaurant. I wanted to treat out Jimmy this Monday evening by taking him to Kush. A new sake bar in Echo Park that opened just two weeks ago. It's exciting to be an "early adopter." Is this tech term transferable to food? Anyway, we thought it was just going to be overpriced Japanese bar food on sticks, but we were delightfully surprised by every dish that we ordered.
While I was enjoying my usual tsukemen at Silverlake Ramen last week, the server handed me the menu to Kush - a restaurant closer to my house by the same owner. I felt like I was getting tipped off on a brand new exciting place! I love Silverlake Ramen - despite the implications of its name, Silverlake Ramen is not water-down Americanized ramen.
Anyway, we drove 1.5 miles and found residential parking and sat at the booth. Only one other person was there. We started the meal with mushroom with truffle salt (4) which was the perfect appetizer. Jimmy looked up at me with surprise, "this is really good."
The dips that come with the meal are great to enhance the flavors, but everything was very well seasoned. The dips included: pepper/salt magic, sweet Japanese mayonnaise and soy sauce daikon.
Jimmy loved the chicken liver pate, brie cheese, honey on toast (4.50). The berry on top added perfect sweetness. The japanese pumpkin with honey sauce (3) was tasty and a good filling dish if you're worried about getting full.
The Japanese Meatball (9) which is a chicken meatball, poached egg and mashed potato was so savory and amazing. We licked the bowl clean. We also ordered marinated pork belly (3.5) which is always a winner. I found myself really savoring each bite and dipping it in each dipping piece to see how the flavor would be enhanced. The pork belly is definitely better than the wagyu beef (6) probably because it was fattier.
Kush is really pushing to be a sake bar and offered tastings of the "Mirror of Truth-seiko." This was recommended to us by the server as the best pairing to our order. Jimmy declared that it was really refreshing and perfect. We will order this next time we come! We also had the hot sake which warmed our bellies!
The bill came in this cute vintage cigarette box that looks like it came from the Rose Bowl Flea market.
5 stars! Trendy, classy and very affordable for refined and exquisite taste.