Taste of Bamboo & Giveaway
You know you’re in for a treat when they set the bar on fire 🙂
This week, Taste of Cayman introduces you to Bamboo, which is making its first appearance on The Deep Dish.
According to their website, ‘Bamboo is well known for it’s contemporary Japanese cuisine, specialty martini’s and great service. Chef Wonhee Park gives the menu a contemporary twist.’ My friend Lucy from the Cayman Islands Tourism Association joined me for dinner and a sample of we can expect from Bamboo at next year’s Taste of Cayman.
For starters, we were treated to some super-tasty edamame and Luce was coerced into having this lovely Dragon Martini. It’s one of those dangerously delicious drinks that could very easily lead you into a night filled with friend-making, adventure-having, and bar-dancing antics if you’re not careful. Not that I would do anything like that. Ahem.
We took our time with the menu and settled on this Zensai mini sampler which included Yamakake (tuna, avocado, yam, ikura) salmon sashimi, scallop marinated in tosazu and a tuna roll with kimizu. All of it fresh and delicious!
Check out this awesome Tuna Tartare with tomato, onion, cucumber, ponzu and kimizu sauce! This new menu item was exploding with flavor and the egg sauce on top was totally slurpable. It was clearly Luce’s favorite of the evening as she devoured this dish. Seriously. We’re lucky the plate survived.
We also treated ourselves to some Yakitori chicken and mushroom skewers. They were as yummy as they look. Perfectly cooked and seasoned, they were a timely departure from the seafood spree.
Not wanting the cows to feel left out, we made sure to order some beef tenderloin tataki with daikon, leek and lime. Epic success! This dish was amazing. I loved the spicy sauce. There was a exciting compliment between the beef and daikon as well that guaranteed we’d clear this plate in record time.
Can you believe we’re just getting to the main course? We went a little nuts but everything sounded and looked so good we couldn’t help ourselves! Included in our sushi and sashimi platter was marlin, ika/squid, maguro/tuna, hamachi/yellowtail, sake/salmon and tako/octopus while the rolls were Hosomaki (tuna & cucumber maki.) Normally, I’m not too keen on rolls because I find the seaweed is sometimes a little too ‘fishy’ tasting for me, but not so at Bamboo. These were the best I’ve had on island.
For dessert, we split this fascinating tofu and cream cheese dish. Despite my initial reservations, I quite liked it! This dessert is light and interesting and would blow people away at your dinner party. *Note to self: beg Bamboo for the recipe.
After dinner, we relocated to the bar where things heated up. Literally. This post-dinner apple shot was so yummy! Gotta love the fun factor too. The flame-factor continued with this crazy tower of blazing booze featuring Sambuca, Baileys and nerves of steel. I usually don’t go in for fire right next to my head, but in this case I think it was worth it 🙂
As our Taste of Cayman series continues, our friends at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association have hooked us up with another cool giveaway. I’ve got a copy of Michael’s Genuine Food: Down-to-Earth Cooking For People Who Love to Eat up for grabs for one lucky person.
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