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On Friday night we had reservations for Pabu before seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Boston Opera House. We opted for the dining room since we planned to order a la carte. The Omakase at Pabu is just too wonderful to pass up. At Pabu the Omakase is an 8-course chef's choice meal that includes hot, cold, sushi, and dessert dishes.
Our Omakase began with the Happy Spoon. The spoon was filled with an oyster, uni (sea urchin), salmon roe, and Tobiko. Greg's also included a creme fraiche but I wasn't missing out! The bite is briny, slightly floral, and the salmon roe added a touch of sweetness. The 2nd course was an uni cream for Greg while mine was
a lobster and mushroom Chawanmushi. A Chawanmushi is a creamy and umami-filled egg custard. The third dish was a seared trout dish with daikon (a type of radish) in a couple of forms. I can appreciate the crispy fish but I have come to realize that trout isn't for me. The 4th course was a fried dish that was delayed a bit. Greg received a type of croquette while I enjoyed a maitake mushroom tempura. The tempura was crisp while lightly battered. I enjoyed the green tea dust however the added salt was overpowering. Course number 5 was the oilier nigiri pieces. The next sushi course was the more common tuna belly, salmon etc. My favorite bite was the raw Octopus. The texture and subtle taste was delicious! My least favorite bite overall was the Icefish. Once you get past the eyes staring at you the taste is a little too much on the bitter side for me.
Next was the pre-dessert course. We had a sushi roll made with plums and Tamago. Tamago is a sweet egg omelet served like a piece of cake. Our final dish was dessert. My dessert was a sorbet but since they didn't have any pre-notice of my dairy allergy I can't complain. Greg received a mochi dessert similar to the one we received last month but with different flavors. Mochi is a steamed rice dessert and in this case filled with ice cream.
Charlie and the chocolate factory is definitely a show for everyone! The scenes are adorable, the cast our incredibly talented, and the wit is definitely for adults but appropriate for kids. We highly recommend this show!