Bit of a rocky dinner at Zipang Provisions

Can a restaurant be considered good even if not everything they do is good? Can the strong dishes make up for the crappy ones? I really wanted to have a good time at Zipang Provisions, but things didn’t quite gel.

Maybe I should've ordered the special...
Maybe I should’ve ordered the special…

Looking back, I think this would’ve been tasty. Zipang was full around 7:30pm on a Wednesday night. Good for them and good for the neighborhood. We waited ~15 minutes for a table.

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With some places, you just have to “order right”, know what I mean? That Stone Pot Beef Tendon Cheese Curry sounds awesome right now. Why didn’t we order it?

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I ended up getting Sea Bream Sashimi. It was fine. Eh.

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Stone Pot Tempura Udon in Soup. A decent udon. Nothing amazing. I like the stone pot idea though. It came to the table bubbling hot. A steamy udon facial.

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Really weak point was the tempura though. When I bit into it, a greasy sensation just flooded my palate. Not nice. Lightness and crispiness was definitely off that night.

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Chawanmushi was great! Prominent dashi flavour. Sadly the best dish of the night was a humble homestyle comfort dish.

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Mentaiko Udon. Needed more roe and flavour. Executed better at Zakkushi or Guu.

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They have 33 Acres beer on tap! Today it was 33 Acres of Darkness, their dark lager. A good roasty dark lager but TOTALLY THE WRONG BEER to drink with my sashimi. Talk about two cats fighting in a sack, this was the perfect case of two flavours tolerating each other with simmering anger from opposite corners of the room.

Bottom line:

Sorry things didn’t work out between us, let’s try again…

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