Omakase Kaiseki at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!

 Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

I was recently invited to Fushimi in Brooklyn, an incredible Japanese restaurant I discovered end of 2013, that is now proposing a tasting menu or omakase kaseiki. Omakase literally means put your trust in me, and, after the spectacular dinner we had at Fushimi, we did not have any problem to trust Chef Chul Ke Ko that we met again the day we went.

 Chef Ko at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Chef Ko at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

So, this time we went to their Williamsburg location. From the exterior to the interior, you can feel right away that it is not your usual Japanese place. There is something elegant and clubby to it, with its red and blue colors.

The entrance has these large sake barrels, as well as the shisa, the guardian lions that are protection against evil.

 Entrance of Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Entrance of Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Then, after you pass the bar area, you arrive is the large dining room, where booths replae regular tables, making the experience comfortable. But, of course, if you prefer, you can sit at the sushi bar to observe the team preparing delicious food.

 Bar at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Bar at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

 Dining room at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Dining room at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

 Dining room at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Dining room at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

 Sushi bar at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Sushi bar at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

 Dining room at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Dining room at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

 Private room at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Private room at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

But I guess, one of the main attractions is in the back; it is called the tunnel and brings you to the...unisex restrooms...

 The tunnel at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

The tunnel at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

So, let's talk about the food. their tasting or kaseiki is something new that they have launched this year. Know that the menu, based on seasonal products, may vary. In this menu, Chef Ko took traditional Japanese dishes and elevated them, adding some ingredients from other cuisines, such as cumin, creme fraiche or orange juice. 

 Kaseiki menu at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Kaseiki menu at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

I should probably mention their large selection of sake, but, most surprising, was their sake sangria, mainly made with strawberries, blueberries, sake and plum wine.

 Sake sangria at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Sake sangria at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

 Sake sangria at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Sake sangria at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

For the amuse bouche, we got a seafood bisque and a risotto ball. The bisque, made with a crab base, was deliciously creamy. Even Jodi, who does not like seafood, ate it. The risotto ball was crispy and also creamy and cheesy inside. This was a good way to start!

 Seafood bisque and risotto ball at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Seafood bisque and risotto ball at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Risotto ball at   Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Risotto ball at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Seafood bisque and risotto ball at   Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Seafood bisque and risotto ball at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Risotto ball at   Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Risotto ball at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Then came a large wooden box. When they opened it, there were six assorted appetizers.

  Six assorted appetizers at   Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Six assorted appetizers at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Six assorted appetizers at   Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Six assorted appetizers at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

It was composed, from the top left to the top right, of:

Scallop sashimi with red radish, kizami wasabi and ponzu sauce:

 Scallop sashimi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Scallop sashimi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Seasoned sushi rice with baked fresh water eel, kabayaki sauce and rarima sansho:

  Sushi rice and eel at   Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Sushi rice and eel at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Organic heirloom cherry tomato in yuzu jelly (great at the end, as a palate cleanser):

  Organic heirloom cherry tomato in yuzu jelly   at   Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Organic heirloom cherry tomato in yuzu jelly at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Organic heirloom cherry tomato in yuzu jelly   at   Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Organic heirloom cherry tomato in yuzu jelly at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

From the bottom left to right:

Sea grape seaweed in amazu (sweet vinegar sauce). I should mention that I am not a huge fan of seaweed, but finished it...

 Sea grape seaweed in amazu  at   Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Sea grape seaweed in amazu at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Botan ebi (shrimp) tartare with ginger, uni (sea urchin) and dashi soy:

 Botan ebi (shrimp) tartare with ginger, uni (sea urchin) and dashi soy at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Botan ebi (shrimp) tartare with ginger, uni (sea urchin) and dashi soy at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Chilled vegetables with saikyo miso:

 Chilled vegetables with saikyo miso at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Chilled vegetables with saikyo miso at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

After that, came the sweet soy glazed Chilean sea bass. It was served with a lobster stuffed zucchini blossom, pickled red onion and a black sesame ponzu purée.

  Sweet soy glazed Chilean sea bass  at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Sweet soy glazed Chilean sea bass at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Sweet soy glazed Chilean sea bass   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Sweet soy glazed Chilean sea bass at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

The third dish was called Chawanmushi. It is an egg custard in which Chef Ko put some lobster and shrimp, as well as shiitake mushroom.

  Chawanmushi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Chawanmushi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Flower     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Flower at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Chawanmushi     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Chawanmushi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Chawanmushi     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Chawanmushi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Then, was the Chu Toro tartare, that is tuna tartare with seasoned seaweed, ikura (salmon roe), aonori (green seaweed), creme fraiche and ponzu, served with toast.

  Chu Toro tartare     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Chu Toro tartare at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Chu Toro tartare     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Chu Toro tartare at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

The next dish was simply called beef. It was a filet mignon with an orange and cumin carrot confit, carrot purée, asparagus, heirloom cherry tomato, fig, mash potato ball, in a port wine reduction.

  Filet mignon     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Filet mignon at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

 Fig with  Filet mignon     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Fig with Filet mignon at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

The sixth dish was tempura. It was composed of six different varieties:

  Tempura     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Tempura at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

There were French beans, shishito pepper, a julienne of mixed vegetables (sweet potato, zucchini and onion), as well as a coconut and macadamia crusted shrimp with tartare sauce. But the most surprising was the shiso leaf and sugar dusted rice puff that added a nice sweetness to the dish.

  Tempura     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Tempura at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Tempura     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Tempura at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

I started to get full and was glad that they brought us some green tea made with roasted brown rice.

  Green tea with roasted brown rice     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Green tea with roasted brown rice at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Green tea with roasted brown rice     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Green tea with roasted brown rice at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Green tea with roasted brown rice     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Green tea with roasted brown rice at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Green tea with roasted brown rice     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Green tea with roasted brown rice at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

After the tea, we were ready to continue our discovery of the kaseiki...The sashimi plate that came was beautiful and had a little light underneath, adding a bit more to the presentation.

  Sashimi     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Sashimi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Sashimi     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Sashimi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

It was composed of:

Yellowtail and king salmon:

  Yellowtail and king salmon     at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Yellowtail and king salmon at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Kumamoto oyster with ponzu:

  Kumamoto oyster with ponzu   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Kumamoto oyster with ponzu at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Seared tuna with 5 spices and sweet miso, maul onion salsa with peach:

  Seared tuna   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Seared tuna at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Uni (sea urchin):

  Uni or sea urchin   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Uni or sea urchin at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

It came with some fresh wasabi that Chef Ko grated for us.

  Fresh wasabi   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Fresh wasabi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Fresh wasabi   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Fresh wasabi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Fresh wasabi   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Fresh wasabi at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Then, we got our last dish before dessert: kamadaki rice. It was served in a piping hot bowl, with lobster meat (lots of it), chive and corn. Next to it was a miso soup and some pickled vegetables.

  Kamadaki rice   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Kamadaki rice at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Kamadaki rice   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Kamadaki rice at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Miso soup   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Miso soup at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Kamadaki rice   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Kamadaki rice at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Kamadaki rice   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Kamadaki rice at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

  Pickled vegetables   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Pickled vegetables at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

When dessert came, I regretted that I was not wearing stretch pants...We got to try the two desserts they propose in their kaseiki menu. The first one was a creme caramel with raspberry sorbet and fresh berries.

 Creme caramel or flan  at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Creme caramel or flan at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

The second one was a green tea ice cream (so creamy) with azuki beans (sweet), baby mochi and yuzu gelée.

  Green tea ice cream   at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Green tea ice cream at Fushimi in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Spectacular, incredible, sublime...There are not enough words to describe this extraordinary tasting. Chef Ko is so creative and his dishes not are only beautiful, but delicious, making this culinary experience one of the best I had so far. Fushimi is definitely a place to know and you do not need a passport to go to Brooklyn: it is worth it!

Enjoy (I surely did)!

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