A few weeks back, I posted a lukewarm review of Samurai Papa. But Mama is back in town, and she sure as hell knows what she’s doing. Samurai Mama, located in Williamsburg, is a Japanese standard, boasting some of the neighborhood’s best. I went with one friend, and ordered enough food for four people, and ate all of it.
Allow me to relish in the deliciousness that we consumed.
We started with the Mama Salad: With asparagus, Daikon radish and cucumber, papa dressing, and Salmon sashimi. It had just the right amount of crunch, acidity, and a bit of buttery goodness from the silky Salmon.
Next came the Country Style Kabocha: Japanese pumpkin and shiitake mushrooms simmered in vegetable dashi broth.
The Yakko was one of the stand-outs of the meal. Homemade soft tofu with seaweed tsukidani and avocado. It melted in our mouths, salty, smooth, and oh-so-yummy.
The Hello Yellow roll, (made with yellowtail, scallion, and shiso) was fresh and bright.
Vegetable Gyoza came, crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside.
Lastly, we had the daily Tempura, which was made up of Portobello mushrooms and White Amaranth greens.
We stuffed ourselves silly.
Too often, vegetables are not treated with care and respect: they’re shoved to the margins, the under-appreciated understudies to steak and scallops’ starring role. At Samarai Mama, veggies are queens. The touches of fish were welcome and delicious, but the favorite dishes of the night were meat-free, yet were packed with loads of flavor. I rarely opt for a vegetarian meal, but at Samarai Mama, I’d do so happily. Visit the excellent spot and see for yourselves.