Monday, January 29, 2007

Kyotofu, NYC

After our meal at Pam Real Thai the other night, we walked a block and a half down to Kyotofu for dessert. Ninth Avenue in Hell's Kitchen is a veritable restaurant row -- there's really no other retail there except for food. Just opened last November, Kyotofu serves Japanese snacks and desserts primarily made of tofu.

Above is the Toasted Walnut Tahitian Vanilla Parfait with maple soy mascarpone mousse and caramel-apricot sauce, garnished with pomegranate seeds. The smooth walnut flavor was rich without being too sweet. I went with the simple perfection of the Original Sweet Tofu with Black Sugar Sauce (pictured right). So mild, smooth, and creamy, I could eat bowls and bowls of this every day!

Brownie ordered the Sansho Pepper Tofu Cheesecake with shiro-an vanilla cream, shochu ginger, and fruit carpaccio. The "fruit carpaccio" of thinly sliced grapefruit was beautiful. The cream had the thick texture of cannoli filling. The cheesecake itself was not too heavy with a very strong almost gingery flavor. I have to say though, what's up with everyone doing sauce smears?

They left us with an amuse bouche of pretty peach gelees -- so sweet and perfect.

705 Ninth Avenue (btw 48th and 49th), NYC
(212) 974-6012

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