Despite it being the lunch hour, our meal was a multi-course extravaganza. I think a lot of restaurants back in the states could learn a thing or two about portion control from places in Japan like Amalfi. This was a five course meal that managed to stay light!
We started out with an amuse-bouche of a warm potato cream soup with a thin savory crisp skewered on top with a side of a house parmesan cream cheese. The potato soup was pleasantly creamy and without any sort of graininess that sometimes happens with potato soup. I was impressed with how they managed to serve it piping hot as I've had amuse-bouches arrive lukewarm by the time they are done plating, and all of ours arrived at once. There was not a large staff by any means, so that meant they worked like lightning!
The second course was a sprout salad that I also enjoyed. I've written recently on how much I'm not a fan of both spaghetti and salad, but this one was easy to eat and not bitter at all like some sprout salads can be. This one was very light and fresh!
After that, another tiny course of fresh strawberry jam and cream on a spoon.This was not even a mouthful, the whole thing was about the size of the tip of my thumb! It was almost like a sweet and tangy palate cleanser before dessert was served.
Lastly, but my personal favorite, was the dessert course. They brought out a mikan dessert! I was so happy to have something traditionally local displayed in such a fantastic manner. In a martini glass, they layered cake crumbs, mikan ice cream, and a mikan granita (or perhaps sherbet) sandwiched between two amazingly thin slices of dried mikan. It was cool, tasty, trendy and different while paying homage to what was in season and locally produced.
|Side view of the dessert, my mother's was without the crumbs|
1460-71 Showadori Yawatahama Ehime
愛媛県 八幡浜市 昭和通 1460-71 1F