We just got back from Jin Kichi in Hampstead.
Tosaka, ogonori and wakame seaweed, in dainty piles, garnished with two thin slices of lemon.
The clean simple tasting dressing? White sesame seeds, ground to a paste, combined with rice vinegar, light soy sauce, salt, sugar, a little mirin, a bit of white miso and the all important - dashi.
Grilled skewers of ox tongue. Chewy, bouncy, succulently fat squares of beefy tongue, with edges charred just enough to give a crisp edge before biting into rich unctuousness. Food porn eat your heart out.
Fat, melting mini-slabs of toro (they feel like slabs on your tongue).
Chewy, even 'al dente' buckwheat noodles, served on a bamboo mat and eaten after being dunked in a savoury dashi and mirin based sauce, spiked with wasabi and spring onion if desired, and grated daikon radish available on request.
The owner hails from Hokkaido. All the staff were lovely.
020 7794 6158 - you need to book.