EN Japanese Brasserie, located in the West Village, offers freshly made Japanese cuisine in a cavernous, trendy space. Known for its housemade tofu, this restaurant takes pride in its seasonal ingredients and ever-changing menu. I recently visited EN for dinner with an eating buddy, where we sampled several dishes.
The menu offered quite a few selections:
We started with the freshly made scooped tofu, served warm with wari-joyu:
If you’ve never had freshly made tofu before, I would highly, highly, recommend it. The texture is smooth as silk and unlike anything you can get pre-made. The flavor is delicate and light. The wari-joyu, which is a mix of soy sauce and fish broth, provided a subtle enhancement to this already pristine dish. Yum!
We also ordered the corn chawanmushi (first photo) – for the uninitiated, chawanmushi is steamed egg custard; really delicious! The corn and rich broth provided a sweet counterpoint to the smooth, eggy custard. My only complain was that the tiny wooden spoon wasn’t nearly large enough. I would have gladly used a serving spoon for that custard!
Anything with a poached egg in it calls out to me, so of course we had to order the hicken tsukune – grilled Japanese-style chicken sausages served with a poached egg:
The Mochi Croquette also caught my eye, since it had two ingredients I love – mochi and duck! The dish also included potato and was served in a hearty dashi broth:
This definitely was not what I expected – when I think of a croquette, I imagine something breaded and fried. Though this dish didn’t resemble the traditional croquette, it was flavorful, chewy and delicious. The broth was hearty and the mochi soaked up all the flavors perfectly.
To accompany our dishes, we ordered the EN Garlic Shiso Fried Rice:
If you’re looking for delicious Japanese cuisine in a trendy atmosphere, give EN Japanese Brasserie a try. I docked one apple because the prices are a little high, but that won’t stop me from going again (maybe not every week though, ha). Perfect for a nicer night out!
435 Hudson St. (@ Leroy)
Are you a tofu fan? What’s your favorite way to eat it?