By The Foodies./ firstname.lastname@example.org
During its formative months on Huntingtons Main Street,
Daisho of Japan has been focusing on two areas of Japanese
cuisine yakitori and ramen that might give local
diners a chance to widen their horizons.
While yakitori specifically refers to skewered chicken, the
phrase is used interchangeably for poultry and non-poultry
skewered foods in Japan. If you want to be technical, the
proper term for all non-chicken skewer-grilled foods is kushiyaki.
So in keeping with the proper name, lets start with
the chicken. Available either on a skewer cubed ($1.75) or
the on bone ($1.95 for chicken wings), the chicken boasts
robust flavor and is tender and especially flavorful. Skewered
shrimp ($1.95) is mild, sweet and fresh, while beef skewers
($1.95) are an on-the-go meat-eaters delight, bursting
with flavor and prepared just right. Pork ($1.75) is mild
and satisfying. Bacon-wrapped asparagus skewers ($2.95) juxtapose
textures well while boasting similarly salty flavors. Bacon-wrapped
mushroom ($2.95) skewers are another choice, and vegetarians
can look to big, plump mushrooms, grilled and skewered ($1.95).
All of the skewers have a nice kick to them thanks to fresh
black pepper. Diners can buy the skewers by the piece or make
a meal of it by buying them in groups of eight ($12.95), 12
($18.95) or 18 ($24.95).
Ramen is another staple of the Daisho menu. A Japanese noodle
dish that has roots in China, its most common form, which
has become a staple for college students since then, was invented
in 1958 instant noodles, just add hot water
by Momofuku Ando and marketed by Nissin Foods.
Dont be fooled, though ramen is much more than
that, especially as Daisho prepares it. (By the way, next
time youre in Yokohama, check out the Ramen Museum located
there, which opened in 1994.) We picked the Spicy Shrimp Ramen
($13.95), which pairs succulent, tangy shrimp with hearty
noodles in a pork-based broth. The spicy coating for the shrimp
permeates throughout the broth, tingling on your tongue as
you sip and eat. And yes, this may be the first soup you eat
with chopsticks a fun dining experience for the uninitiated,
to be sure.
Based on their previous performance on their unique offerings,
their expansive sushi selection, featuring nearly two-dozen
rolls and a dozen more traditional dinner offerings, is sure
to please. They share the kitchen with Dragon Gate, which
moved around the corner to 6 Green St. for takeout service,
and are under the same ownership. All of Daishos lunch
specials are under $11, giving diners an affordable new way
to expand their palates.
Daisho of Japan
308 Main St., Huntington
Atmosphere: Subdued dining
Hours: Noon-10 p.m. daily