First of all, apologies for the very very long hiatus! I had lost my appetite both for food and writing and was waiting for my taste buds to get tantalized again. And tantalized in Tanzania they were at the new Japanese restaurant 'Ashibe'!
A friend and I went there for dinner last week and were pleasantly surprised. A very non assuming entrance led into warm cozy interiors with the cutest dividers you ever saw! The mouth watering aromas that smacked our senses as soon as we entered promised a delightfully delicious evening, and I'm pleased to say, we weren't disappointed.
We were seated in one the enclosures by a very attentive waiter and given the menu. There were many strange and unusual dishes tempting us and some, adventurous though I be, were a bit too much out of my comfort range to even attempt! :)
We gave our order of a cold chicken roll appetizer, braised pork belly, and chicken wing skewers and sushi as our mains. Over drinks we discussed life, work and love in Dar and found ourselves thoroughly relaxed. The meal came in good time and our ever attentive and we found very knowledgable waiter was extremely efficient.
The cold chicken roll was delicious! Chicken wrapped in spring onion served with the most gorgeous sweet sauce and various accompaniments. The side salad was extremely refreshing and the braised pork belly an unexpected delight of flavours and textures. The pork melted in the mouth and was accompanied by a delightful sauce! The chicken wings were also cooked to perfection, with the crispy skin crackling in the mouth and offering a wonderful contrast to the rest of the meal. I found that the sushi was not as good as our previous sushi experience at Kempinski (another post to follow later), but perfectly passable. The egg roll sushi was an interesting experience.
The sauce accompanying the chicken roll was soooo scrumptious that I have no hesitation is admitting that I licked my fingers as I thoroughly cleaned the last drops off the plate and asked for more. Unluckily my request was turned down as they only had enough sauce for mains. :( All in all, a delicious evening and definately a place I shall be visiting more often.