Sexy Feast: Getting Head at Sushi Kappo Tamura

tamura_fish_head_500I have a new (co-) favorite sushi restaurant to recommend: Sushi Kappo Tamura. Oh, I still love Kisaku, with some unique offerings and slightly lower prices, but Tamura offers a slightly more upscale dining experience and high quality fish at prices slightly below Shiro’s—which rounds out my top tier of sushi restaurants in Seattle.

But as sexy as sushi is, this Sexy Feast is about one of the ippin (small plate) dishes. Tamura offers many, including nitsuke, which isn’t quite common on Seattle menus, so I pounced on the opportunity. When Chef Taichi Kitamura said the featured fish was kinmedai (golden eye snapper) and asked if we wanted the head or the body, my companion and I shouted without hesitation: “The head!” After all, it’s where you find the best parts, like the meaty cheeks, the gelatinous bits, and even the eyes, if you dare. The dish was delicious, the fish gently simmered (the meaning of nitsuke) in mirin, shoyu, and I’d guess a dash of dashi.

So what does Tamura’s kinmedai no nitsuke tell us about sex?

If you’ve never had head before, you may not realize it’s an option; even if you do, you may have to request it. Ask politely, and don’t be overdemanding. If you do get it, be sure to show your gratitude to your provider. This is not something to take for granted, as you never know when you’ll get it again.

And if you haven’t done head before, I realize it might be a bit awkward or overwhelming. It helps to be sober so that you can concentrate fully on what you’re doing. Show respect. Admire your prize. You’ll probably want to take small nibbles at first, but eventually you may just want to dive in completely, trying to devour it with ferocity. One hint: Try to keep it as lubricated as possible. That will make it easier and an overall more delicious experience.

In the end, I’m confident that you’ll find head a totally satisfying experience. One you’ll definitely want to add to your menu.

Do I even need to mention that at Tamura, at least, you’ll certainly want to swallow?

First published in Seattle Weekly’s Voracious on January 27, 2011.


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