Thanks to Maru-san, @J_L and @Porthos finally had dinner last night at Kinjiro. Overall impressions is that it’s really good and I will be going back to try more things from the menu. It was just my wife and I but we over ordered to be able to try more things.
Oysters in ponzu sauce - Pretty fresh oysters (off the shell) but not the best oysters I’ve had. The ponzu sauce was great as it had a bit of a kick to it which played really well w/ the oysters. Also a great bargain at just $8 as we counted about 7 oysters (pic was taken after we gobbled up a few.)
Octopus salad with cucumbers and seaweed - This was a dud. Flavorless and octopus was on the chewy side
Agedashi Tofu - holy cow! The umami on this dish is off the charts and probably one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Also a very generous sized portion at just $12.
Seared Santa Barbara uni - Nice uni flavor but didn’t think the searing really added much to the flavor. Looks cool though.
Brussel sprouts chips - Very good and perfect beer food. Good dish to share w/ 4 or so people.
Pork belly kakuni - Another stand out dish. Awesome flavors (almost tastes like galbi-jim) and the radish was fantastic as well. Just wished the egg was slightly less cooked. Would definitely order again.
Grilled beef tongue - I know this is their most popular dish but I did not care for it at all. Just couldn’t get past the texture of the tongue. I’m used to eating thinly sliced tongue where you don’t really notice the texture of a cow’s tongue but sliced thick like this, you couldn’t help but notice the rubbery texture of eating a tongue.
Miso glazed seared foie - Another good dish albeit a bit on the sweet side. I really liked the wasabi with the foie.
Some kind of tea panna cotta with maple syrup - Eh could take it or leave it.
They have a pretty extensive sake list. I’m a total noob when it comes to sake so I just asked for a recommendation for the lighter courses. They also have a pretty good list of japanese beers. We had several Asahi reserves which were really tasty. Service was fantastic and the crowd was a decent mix of japanese and non japanese customers.
1 small bottle of sake and 3 beers came out to $165 with tax.
Things that looked interesting that I want to try next time:
Australian wagyu rice bowl