The Distinguished Gourmand: Kinjiro
The 2015 incarnation of Dinner Club (neè Dinner Club For Day People) is currently 2-for-2 when it comes to planning and executing club meetings. If we can successful complete November’s planned meal I think that will tie our longest streak since the club started back in 2011. We did not come out in full force last week, as both Maryn and Louise were tied up with obligations that prohibited their attendance. Still, Amanda, Mark, David, Nate and myself made a pretty good go of it in their absence.
Kinjiro is an izakaya (read: casual drinking environment that also serves food) located in the Honda Plaza in Little Tokyo. It’s situated in the former b.o.s. space, is owned by the same person, and the kitchen is helmed by the former sous chef at b.o.s.. The menu has changed from offal-intense meat dishes to a broader variety of dishes. There are also nightly specials that are offered in addition to the traditional menu. Supplemented by several bottles of sake, our meal at Kinjiro was downright fantastic. Here, let me walk you through it with some of our tasting notes.
Louise wasn’t present to recount the minutes of the meeting but I’ll try to point out some tidbits as I work through the meal.
Following Dinner Club, Nate, Amanda, and myself walked over to Wolf & Crane for a beer. Apparently the night extended even further with drinks at Little Joy, but by that time I was in an Uber headed home. The following day was the Mets/Dodgers Game 5, and after that I caught Mark’s swineflu – from which I am still slowly recovering. If anyone wants to forward me any literature about the science behind double-dipping and the spreading of germs, I’ve got plenty of time to read it the next two days as I lay on my couch and try to recover.
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