Last summer's impromptu visit to JaBistro had been a beyond lovely experience that carried me to the moon and back, yet I'd be lying if I said I didn't have regrets regarding the photos though. The interior of the restaurant is completely enclosed, meaning that access to window light would never be granted regardless of one's seating arrangement. This consequently made for dim, grainy shots deficient of the clarity that I desired. (Considering the well-being of the surrounding customers, flash had also not been option in this setup.
Prior to the day of, I was given a brief confirmation phone call - it was reassuring, since they re-confirmed my specifications to a degree of great accuracy.
She led us up a flight of relatively low steps with sharp angles, and guided us out of north-facing entrance to expose a wonderfully serene wooden patio.
We were seated immediately and then provided menus by the single member of the waitstaff on the upper level. I was also later informed that there were separate bathrooms on both floors, and that patio guests need not make the tiresome journey downstairs and into the depths of the first floor for the sake of handwashing.
Negitoro Maki consisted of eight maki rolls of typical size and height. Atypically, they were filled with roughly chopped fatty bluefin tuna then further topped with a massive mound of negi (green onions). At first glance, this dish may appear effortless to recreate, but the details truly speak for themselves.
Encased within each maki roll was a gumdrop-sized portion of toro that somehow managed to be impeccably smooth yet well-textured at the same time. The chopped green onions were unlike any variety I've witnessed elsewhere: placing a small amount of the finely chopped negi on top of the maki before consumption lent a refreshing bite to the roll without any trace of pungency.
Words cannot depict the lusciousness of the JaBistro's aburi creations. Neither flavour nor quality has deterred since my last visit: each piece was incredibly delectable, with a melt-in-your-mouth goodness that can only be truly appreciated by savouring the masterpiece(s) first-hand.
Truth be told: a pause ensued after the ingestion of each piece of nigiri for the sake of revelling every last hint of flavour and texture.