The vegetable sushi course: honshimeji mushroom, bamboo shoot with miso, tomato gunmaki, udoe gunmaki, onion shoots, and a tiny mountain of pickles.
Tod always picks great restaurants for my birthday dinner. Nagamine is a traditional Japanese restaurant that specializes in vegetables. Our dinner last night was inventive:
- Mountain vegetables with wasabi leaf and fresh nori
- Salted carrot jelly with fresh ginger
- Black sesame soup with a green pea and mochi dumpling
- Sashimi of steamed vegetables with miso dipping sauce
- Eggplant in broth with ferns and spring shoots
- Bamboo shoots and savoury bean paste in soy milk cream sauce
- Vegetable sushi and pickles
- Clear soup with fresh seaweed and nameko
- Yuzu and soy milk jelly
- Two different green teas
I regret not snapping a photo of the soup – it was jet black with a bright green dumpling in the middle. Delicious, too!