Japanese: EN Brasserie

Eating Out

 

 

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:

This was delicious, especially with the runny yolk spread all over the chicken sausage and the sweet, tangy sauce.

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:

The garlic and shiso flavors were strong but not overwhelming, and the rice just right – not too mushy and not too crunchy.

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!

EN Japanese Brasserie

435 Hudson St. (@ Leroy)

212.647.9196

Are you a tofu fan? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Layla
    January 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Freshly made tofu? Never had it, but it sounds wonderful.

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    Jenn from Much to My Delight
    January 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Wow! Innovative menu! I’m typically not a tofu fan, but perhaps that’s because I’ve never had it homemade!

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    Butter
    January 17, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Looks so tasty! Especially with everything so warm, soupy, and brothy, perfect for winter time. I can’t wait to visit for Restaurant Week!

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    Jessica T
    January 17, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I’m so intrigued by the fresh tofu!

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    Terri
    January 17, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I’ve heard that their fresh tofu is absolutely amazing. I should totally check them out for Resto Week as Butter mentioned.

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    Nani
    January 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    omg that looks good. I would want to try it specifically because of the fresh tofu. Would say this is more of a date night restaurant rather than family friendly?

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      Serena
      January 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      I would say it’s more of a date night restaurant!

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    gloria
    January 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I think look perfect and delicious!!! love the picture too!!

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    kelsey
    January 17, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I want to eat fresh, homemade tofu!! We don’t have anything like that here that I know of. Yum!

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    Annie
    January 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I love freshly made tofu!!! My grandma used to make it all the time. 🙂 (she was born/raised in japan) Lucky you eating delicious food!

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