After a great visit to Basho Japanese Brasserie, Douzo‘s sister restaurant, we were looking forward to returning for some robata and sushi. Basho means “a place where things happen” in Japanese and the restaurant would be a great place for cocktails or a private event.
We sat on the lounge versus the main dining room and enjoyed the drop lighting. However, The televisions along the side of the bar and low volumed club music were slightly distracting. (Don’t get me wrong, I love a little Bob Sinclair‘s World Hold On, more when I am in a celebration versus zen mode). Next time, I will request to be seated in the dining room’s lime green booths.
House Green tea for $1.50.
Vegetable Yaki Udon, stir-fried noodle with button mushrooms and cabbage. The chicken had nice grill marks and was doused with a bit of sauce. I really enjoyed the balance of the semi-soft thin yellow noodles and lightly crisp vegetables for $14.25.
We came to Basho specifically for the robata grilled items, where the chef grills freshly skewered meat, seafood or vegetables over fire. The chicken thigh for $3.50 was juicy, tender and my favorite (second from the left). We also enjoyed the Tsukune, seasoned ground chicken for $4.00, Pork Toro braised pork belly with scallion for $6.95 and chicken breast for $3.50.
The Pork Toro braised pork belly was well grilled, juicy and had bountiful areas of flavorful fat. The fattiness was cut by the with fresh slivers of scallion.
For sushi, we had the Spicy Yellowtail for $6.50, Shiitake Mushroom Tempura for $5.00 and Philadelphia* smoke salmon, cucumber, scallion and cream cheese $6.50, all great quality.
The torched salmon with tomato and jalapeno was very artful.
The acidity of the tomato and the heat of the jalapeno added layers of flavor to the torched salmon.