This week Carol and I visited two of our favorite BYOBs. Ichiban Sushi Restaurant in West Caldwell is usually a weekly dinner stop for us. Located in a strip mall, Ichiban serves pristinely fresh sushi and sashimi as well as a number of authentic Japanese dishes, my favorite being tempura fried shrimp with Japanese curry. I usually bring an Alsatian or German Riesling to enjoy with the food here. I find a dry Riesling to be a beautiful compliment to Asian food. On this visit I brought a bottle of 2009 Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Trocken Grosses Gewachs (Grosses Gewachs mean Grand Cru in Germany). The wine possessed a gorgeous translucent hue and a bracing acidity, impeccable balance and pristine focus. A bit young, it nevertheless drank beautifully. A couple of more years cellar time will definitely benefit the wine. Weingut Hermann Donnhoff is a legend in Nahe region of Germany. His wines are considered legendary. Importer Michael Skurnik says of his wines, “…these are the greatest Rieslings on earth. No other wine, anywhere, exceeds the clarity, polish, complexity and sheer beauty of flavor of this grower’s finest wines. “ $60. I picked this up at 56º Wine a couple of years ago. I don’t believe this vintage is available, but a number of others are. If you like dry Riesling, these are great and at very reasonable prices.
On this visit we began with Pork Goyoza (not pictured). These are delicate and light as a feather dumplings as compared to the thick varieties found in most Japanese restaurants. The Cucumber Salad topped with crab meat in a soy dressing is another of my favorite appetizers here. It is always fresh, crisp and delicious.
|Shrimp Tempura w/ Curry (Ebi Curry)|
Carol had the pasta special of the evening, which was Spaghetti with red and yellow peppers, capers, garlic and olive oil. Another perfectly cooked, balanced and harmonious dish. We both dug in with huge smiles on our faces.
|Spaghetti w/ Red & Yellow Peppers|
Capo’s space is very small, so reservations are strongly suggested on the weekends. Wine glasses are tiny, so in addition to your wine, you may also want to consider bringing your own stemware. Both restaurants are very, very reasonably priced.