Nomsters, if The Source by Wolfgang Puck ever decides to do another event like this, attendance is crucial. Their Night in Japan was well worth the $85 ticket. All you can eat and all you can drink? Um, we think yes – especially since everything was quality. The space was really cool, and the ambiance was nice – fancy but in an unpretentious kind of way. We were greeted at the door and directed to the drink station on the first floor ft. different whiskeys and sake. They had the sake ninja (that’s his IG name for real, ha) pouring drinks straight out of a barrel, which was fun! We got to sample various kinds, but our fave was the bottled sparkling sake.
They had waitstaff carrying bites around, but their main food stations were located on the second floor. There were four in total, each with 2-3 people holding down the fort with Chef Hiroyuki Fujino leading the way. There was a sashimi station, a roll station (with 3 different kinds that continuously changed throughout the night), an okonomiyaki (savory pancakes with Royal Osetra caviar and kewpie mayo) station, and a chashu pork ramen station (served with soy marinated egg and pickled fennel). As if that weren’t enough, they had organic chicken gyoza, pork shumai, wagyu beef yakitori, assorted dango (caramel cashew, red bean and matcha flavors) and cakes (flourless chocolate, pan dan cheesecake, and carrot cake).
Everything was truly phenomenal. The fish was as fresh as can be, the ramen was perfection (omg, pickled fennel in ramen is SUCH a good idea BTW), the skewers were kickass, and so on and so forth. We typically talk about standouts in our recaps, but honestly, it was all really delicious so we’re not gonna put you guys through the redundancy, ha. If anything, we just wish there were more tables set up! Regardless, table or no table, we’d definitely go back for another event and possibly lunch or dinner in the near future. The whole roasted duckling for two sounds pretty freakin’ nomtastic, and the chef + culinary team CLEARLY know what’s up.
above: beef yakitori || below: dango (think mochi with different fillings)
Here’s a shot of the sake ninja at work as promised! And see the wooden cup he’s holding? We all got to take one home as a souvenir post-meal, which was cool. The event was 3 hours long, but we ended up leaving an hour early because we were stuffed. We may or may not have had seconds (…or even thirds) from each station. #sorrynotsorry
Anywho, that’s it for today Nomsters. ’til next time!