Monday, January 30, 2012

Cooks County turns into Soba city on Wednesday



Can't wait until Common Grains launches its Soba-Ya Restaurant in late February in Torrance? Want to see what happens when artisanal Japanese buckwheat soba noodles meet the modern cuisine of recently-opened Cooks County? On Wednesday night, Common Grains, a collaboration between soba maker Sonoko Sakai and rice company Shinmei, hosts a pop-up East Meets West dinner with hand cut soba and sake pairings. Here's what's on the menu:


Pre-fixe menu
Tamago dofu – Steamed custard, uni, sprouts  (This dish is served cold)
Monkfish kara-age with shishito peppers (*Kara-age means batter fried. Shishito peppers will be deep fried without batter)
Hand cut zaru soba (a blend of Mankan and hand milled Kitawase buckwheat) and with soy-bonito and ground walnut dipping sauces.
A la carte menu
Hand-cut soba (a blend of Mankan and hand milled Kitawase buckwheat) with herbs, daikon radish,  soy-bonito and ground walnut dipping sauces. $16
Nimame – Tanba Black Beans, Sanbonto sugar  $4
Kinpira − Burdock, Carrots, Rutabaga  $7
Goma-ae −Brocholini, baby carrots, ground sesame seeds $8

WHERE: Cooks County, 8009 Beverly Blvd.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, from 6-11 p.m.
COST: $32 per person for the three-course prix fixe menu and $45 for prix fixe menu with sake pairings; $4-16 for a la carte menu items
RESERVATIONS: Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Cooks County at 323.653.8009

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