Thursday, July 29, 2010

NAOE in Pictures - A Year Later

It was a little more than a year ago that I made my first, revelatory visit to NAOE. I've been back several times since then, and each meal has been a bit different, but just as good. I brought the camera for my most recent visit, something of a one-year anniversary celebration. You can see the complete flickr set here.

bento
bento

The bento featured hog snapper sashimi with shiso and seaweed (the snapper freshly caught by a spearfishing friend that morning); scorpionfish (also locally caught) two ways, fried, and braised with apricot and sprinkled with white poppy seed; a silky custard with aji and shiitake mushrooms; baby carrots, gingko nuts; slow-braised, falling-apart tender pork jowl with parsnip purée and mustard sauce; bamboo rice, daikon pickles; butternut squash and miso soup.

snapper sashimi
snapper sashimi

scorpionfish, aji & shiitake custard
scorpionfish, aji, shiitake custard

As always, after the bento, a procession of nigiri.

salmon nigiri
scottish salmon nigiri

shira ebi nigiri
shira ebi nigiri

scallop nigiri
scallop nigiri

Chef Cory brings in live scallops and prepares them to order. You could see the scallop muscle still quivering after he sliced it.

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scorpionfish nigiri
scorpionfish nigiri



fresh unagi shoyu
fresh unagi shoyu

This was a special little treat. One of the "signature" items at NAOE is Chef Cory's freshly broiled and steamed unagi (eel), all done in-house. Here, he took the meat from the tail end, and instead of basting with the typical "barbecue" sauce, he served them simply with a sprinkle of sea salt and a light brushing of shoyu. Tender and delicious.

fresh unagiyaki
unagiyaki

Afterwards, some fresh fruit - watermelon, mango, blueberry, blackberry, kiwi - dashed with some rice wine vinegar for a bit of sweet-sour contrast. And then to close, kasutera (Japanese honey cake) along with "mystery flavor" ice cream. I won't spoil it.

Happy anniversary.

NAOE
175 Sunny Isles Boulevard
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
305.947.6263

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6 comments:

  1. I think that tweets and posts about NAOE result in the most mouthwatering moments for me. Just reading your tweet that you were there and thoughts of the bento box made my mouth water last night.

    I think it's funny that I really don't like salmon sushi/sashimi but I LOVE that salmon belly nigiri. How was the scorpionfish? Can't say I've ever seen that on a menu.

    The fruit dessert also has a little bit of fish sauce in with the vinegar. Odd combo but it more than works.

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  2. Scorpionfish has an interesting, firm texture and very clean flavor. They were some menacing looking buggers before Chef Cory took the knife to them, I wish I had gotten a picture.

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  3. Petronius ArbiterJuly 29, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Did Chef Cory make you eat its still beating heart?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqaXEcgIC-8

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  4. I love NAOE!! I think I'm a NAOE freak. lol

    Since Kev's scorpionfish was just killed in the ocean by spearfishing, its way better than that twitching gimmicky video posted by Petronius Arbiter. Thanks for sharing though.

    I've been to NAOE several times and your bento is all different from what I've had. I'm jealous!

    Well, its time now to set sail for my own live sashimi :)

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  5. Completely agree with SteveBM....salmon is probably my least favorite fish, yet the salmon belly nigiri at NAOE was outstanding.

    Really one of my favorite meals I've had in at least the past year, possibly ever was at NAOE

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  6. hi - can anyone tell me what an average dinner for two people costs?

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