Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kappa Sake House - Brooklyn

It Really is a Sake Bar...
....but we didn't realize, we saw the phrase "home-cooked Japanese" and thought Hibino.  We'd just spent an hour at Four and Twenty Blackbirds eating pie and now we wanted some lunch.  Yep, we tend to put dessert first, you never know when you'll absentmindedly step into traffic.
Dodo shared her curry with me.  It was good, an oblong trough of fiery gravy, rice, spring onions and mauve-colored pickles.  Spicier than I expected, it brought a heat-induced smile to my face.  I couldn't eat much, I had a stomach-full of pie and thus kept my order light - pork shumai: steamed dumplings filled with ground pork.  I wouldn't brag about them, they were as good as the frozen ones we get from the vegetable stand around the corner and steam ourselves.
The salad looked like a proverbial plate of leaves but it was surprisingly tasty, drizzled with some kind of Yuzu flavored dressing and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

It's a colorful, comfortable place with a handful of tables, a bar and a large back yard.  Not surprisingly, there weren't many folks there - this is a sake bar on a sunny afternoon.  There were just a few Japanese at the bar talking in Japanese with the bartender.  I'd lie and tell you I'll be back to try their wide range of sakes but that is unlikely - sake's not my thing.
388 5th Avenue
Park Slope

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  1. Yeap.. homecooked Japanese was definitely what drew me into the shop. What came to mind immediately was the simple dishes that I have when traveling to towns outside Tokyo.

    While it wasn't the same.... I was still satisfied.

  2. @Puffin - I suggest we go back and try some sakes!