Friday, March 23, 2012

Unagi Kabayaki

Unagi, or freshwater eel, is my number one favorite sushi toppings. I just love the sweet sensation of the unagi when it enters your mouth. The meat, on the other hand, is rather soft and sometimes a bit chewy, different from how a fish would taste like. On my past post about this particular restaurant named Sushi Box, I mentioned a bit about my favorite menu of the restaurant, which is Tokyo Roll - rolled rice with nori, tempura flakes, carrots, kyuri, unagi, and some red and black tobiko. This particular dish contains some sweet-soy-sauce-dipped roasted unagi which, in my most humble opinion, is the best sushi I have ever had. Now that you know how I love unagi, you can probably imagine how I would mindlessly gulped down any food that contains sweet-flavored unagi.

Today, my Mom and I decided to pick Dad up at Sheraton Bandara Hotel, Jakarta. The moment when we arrived, the hotel was packed with Qatar Airways crews as they just arrived at the hotel after an hour long of a post flight briefing and luggage collecting. My Dad was busy handling the crew, making sure that every flight crews has a suite and checking whether everything is alright or not. My Mom and I were busy giggling at my Dad as he did not notice about our existence in the hotel. But then Dad decided to gave my mom a call. Mom lied by saying that we were still on the road, stuck in a traffic jam, but then Dad saw us and we were immediately reunited. "So, what do you wanna do now," asked Dad. "I want to eat delicious food," I replied in a rather hyper state. Dad agreed. We put our belongings in the suite, rest for about 20 minutes, then headed to the pool to have an early dinner. 

What else can you expect from a fancy hotel other than some free stuff that you can and some dish that would cost both of your legs and arms? As I glanced through the menu, I couldn't help but to be overwhelmed by the sight of how much the food costed. Rp56.000,00 for a plate of chocolate cake, which size is unknown for I didn't order any. I would probably lost my weekly allowance if I decided to buy myself a plate of cake at Sheraton Bandara Hotel's restaurant. In 10 minutes, I made a choice of what I would eat for dinner, which is a plate of Japanese dish named Unagi Kabayaki.


Unagi Kabayaki is a plate of rice, topped with a roasted unagi which was coated with sweet soy sauce the night before. This particular dish is very simple, yet exceptionally delicious. It costed my parents Rp176.000,00 for a plate of Unagi Kabayaki. I thought it would taste like your usual unagi sushi that you can find in your local Japanese restaurant, but I stand corrected. The unagi which I ate contains less fat than the one I ate at Sushi Box. It tasted sweet and a bit chewy, and it has this slightly crispy skin which made the dish even more awesome. 

Just look at how that unagi dominated the whole dish

It took me about an hour and a half to finish the whole meal. I didn't expect that the unagi would be thick and long, which is different from the usual unagi that I usually find in a local Japanese restaurant, and very delicious. True, an authentic bowl of unagi with rice that you can find in Japan tasted slightly different from the one that you can find in your home country, but this one tasted as awesome as the one in Japan. The unagi just got out from the pan, and the rice was also warm, so I took the liberty to eat the whole thing while it was still hot. When I finished the plate, I was stuffed and I felt like Pumba, from Disney's original classic movie, the Lion King. Eating a plate of Unagi Kabayaki after a hectic week at school felt like eating two scoops of ice creams after a check up from the dentist, it pleases you and it somehow can make you chirpy.

I removed the stir-fried vegetables so that we can all
have a good look on that sweet roasted unagi

When you get the chance to stay at Sheraton Bandara Hotel, make sure you get yourself some Unagi Kabayaki. I know, it is a bit pricey, but it worths a shot. Other than the fact that the unagi is rather large in size, this meal can also fulfill your need of indulging a nice plate of Japanese cuisine. Why use the hard way to have a bite of a sweet roasted freshwater eel by buying a plane ticket to Japan, when you can just stop by at Sheraton Bandara Hotel to indulge this tasty treats without having to make yourself a Japan visa? Think about it.


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