A little while long time ago, my friend took me to try Takeru- a Japanese restaurant most known for its ‘half portion’ items. I love the idea of half portions, as it means you can order double the normal number of dishes you’d normally order! Unfortunately, this still didn’t help with picking items from the menu because there was too much that I wanted to try!
Tuna Sashimi Rice (half portion)
We decide to order two things to share and two to eat by ourselves. My friend picks the Tuna Sashimi rice which is a beautiful dish of warm rice below generous mound of tuna cubes, topped off with a drizzle of mayonnaise and tobiko. The tuna is quite fresh and beautifully coloured. My previous experiences with sashimi rice dishes have often involved some interesting sauces, so I was surprised at the simpleness of this one. Nevertheless, it is quite a tasty and satisfying dish, if a little less exciting than anticipated.
We order the ramen to share, and I’ll admit that I’m not much of a ramen critic but I found this ramen to be quite enjoyable. The broth is extremely rich and tasty, and I found myself drinking plenty of it (I don’t usually drink ramen broths!).
Baked eel with rice (half portion)
Being a sucker for grilled eel, I order the baked eel with rice, which is consists of pieces of grilled eel and cheese sauce with a layer of melted cheese on top, presented nicely on a hot plate. Whilst I find the flavour combination interesting, the saltiness cheese sauce overpowers the simpler tastes of the grilled eel. The sauce is deliciously tasty though, and I don’t mind eating it (especially with the crispy baked cheese) separately to the eel.
Calamari and Squid Ink Pizza
We ordered the squid ink pizza out of interest- I’ve never had squid ink before, so I was quite excited to taste it for the first time. The squid ink is more liquid-y than the usual pizza sauces, and along with the fact that the pizza is cut into large quarters, makes this pizza pretty messy to eat. I was disappointed to find that the squid ink had very little taste and that the base was not quite as crispy as I would have liked. Nevertheless, it was a fun and exciting dish I enjoyed eating and would not hesitate to order it again!