Eye Candy: Yonsei Oysters with Uni, Ikura, and Ponzu

 

Chef Kyle Itani honed his skills at Yoshi’s in San Francisco before moving across the Bay to open Hopscotch Oakland, where he serves simple but artfully conceived American fare with Japanese touches. The cozy restaurant earned a three-star review from San Francisco Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer, who raved that Hopscotch “deserves a huge following.” And after his recent Beard House dinner, you can count us in as one of his many fans. We were wowed by his signature Yonsei oysters with creamy uni, briny ikura, and citrusy ponzu. A hit amongst many, chef Itani's regional American fare was replete with surprising and inviting Asian flavors.

 

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What We're Reading: February 10, 2015

 

Ballard Bee Company markets itself as a lawn service, but for backyard hives and honey-makers. [Civil Eats

 

The way to the heart is through the stomach: Valentine’s Day recipes for two. [Serious Eats] 

 

Beer cans are making a comeback, but a controversial lining may have you sticking to bottles. [Mother Jones

 

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Eye Candy: Caviar Tacos with Hamachi and Santa Barbara Uni

caviar, hamachi, and uni tacos

 

Peek into Rose. Rabbit. Lie. and you’ll discover a revolutionary new supper club that’s redefining the Las Vegas social scene. At his recent Beard House dinner, the hotspot's chef Wesley Holton delighted guests with a taste of Sin City's opulence. During the reception hour, diners sipped Champagne and noshed on a bevy of bites like these miniature caviar tacos with hamachi and Santa Barbara uni tucked into Yukon Gold shells. Briny, luxe, and impossibly gorgeous, these canapés were anything but a gamble.

 

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Eye Candy: Beausoleil Oysters with Santa Barbara Uni, Ikura, Tobiko, and Ponzu Crème Fraîche

 

The brainchild of Japanese chef Ken Tominaga and JBF Award winner Michael Mina, PABU has introduced Baltimore to Japan’s version of the gastropub, or izakaya, where soulful small plates are the name of the game. At his recent Beard House dinner, executive chef Jonah Kim shared his take on this unique dining tradition with these elegant and eye-catching Beausoleil oysters with Santa Barbara uni, ikura, tobiko, and ponzu crème fraîche. Served by the spoonful during the cocktail reception hour, these passed canapés were a perfect one-bite flavor bomb. 

 

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