My first experience at EN Japanese Brasserie was just wonderful. I was so impressed that I had to bring Mr. M&P there. I wanted to show him a different side of Japanese food. It's not always about the sushi and ramen. It's so much more. And it's absolutely delicious.
We decided to order a bunch of smaller dishes to share instead of individual entrees. We started with the edamame ($8). Okay so this can be found at pretty much any Japanese joint. But these are different. These young soy beans are soaked in dashi, a classic cooking stock. It's slightly fishy but not in an offensive way. It just so much umami flavor that I couldn't stop eating these. They also give a nice hefty bowl. We were still eating this as our next dishes came out.
The 9 pieces of assorted sashimi ($27) came quickly. It was presented beautifully and looked so incredibly fresh. It tasted even better. Soft, supple pieces of fresh and raw fish. I can't remember what the individual pieces were but I think they're tuna, mackerel, and yellowtail. Some pieces were more buttery while others tasted clean and briny of the ocean.
EN Japanese Brasserie
435 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014