Posts Tagged ‘zama’

Toro

December 23rd, 2011

While a fat belly is a generally unfortunate thing to have, it’s considered culinary gold in Japanese cuisine. Toro, cut from the underside of the tuna, is one of the most treasured ingredients in sushi and sashimi.

The difference between chutoro and otoro refers to where the meat comes from. Chutoro, or “middle toro,” is posteriorly located on the tuna. Otoro, on the other hand, comes from the area just below the head and is considered much higher quality. The best of the best.

Toro is characterized by a pearly pink tint, with creamy white marbling similar to that of beef. True appreciation of this delicacy, however, is experienced not with the eyes but with the mouth. The combination of its delicate flavor and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture induces pure, unadulterated nautical bliss.

When the weather gets colder, the toro gets tastier. Tuna pack on the pounds during the winter to keep warm, and as a result, they’re more flavorful than ever. Although it’s available at Zama year-round, winter is the perfect time to enjoy toro – whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth.

Zama in the News

November 11th, 2011

Recently we encountered a few technical difficulties and unfortunately, some of our blog posts were lost. As we roll out some of the previous posts, here are a few reviews from around Philly. Click the links to read the full articles.

From Adam Erace in Philadelphia Weekly“Hot or cold, raw or cooked, Japanese food in Philadelphia hasn’t had a moment like this since Morimoto opened in 2001.”

“Sixteen pieces of sashimi have never looked as good as they did on Zama’s frost-white unfurled scroll of a plate each precise slice of fish shimmering like iridescent gemstones.”

From Phyllis Stein-Novack in South Philly Review“I sat at the sushi bar, where I watched chef/owner Hiroyuki ‘Zama’ Tanaka and his staff select fresh ingredients and transform them into colorful, tasty, edible art.”

“Rittenhouse Square needs a quiet, peaceful place like this.”

From Benjamin Wallace in Philadelphia Magazine“More exotic offerings during my visits included a giant clam, which had a just-out-of-the-ocean gleam and freshness of flavor.”

From Craig LaBan in the Philadelphia Inquirer“Not only is his fish work there the best of his career – with a sharper focus on ingredients and elegant composition – but the restaurant as a whole is the most impressive all-around Japanese destination to open in this town since Morimoto.”

“What a nice surprise to find a Japanese restaurant that pays attention to the dessert course. But by that time, it was already clear that Zama – both the chef and the restaurant – is turning out to be something special.”

Slideshow: The Celebrity Roll Series

October 19th, 2011

Our Celebrity Roll Series seems to be a hit. With each celebrity roll sold, $1 is donated to that celebrity’s charity of choice. We’ve raised over $5,000 so far and counting. Chefs, athletes, and musicians have all been included in the series that won Philadelphia Magazine’s 2011 Best of Philly award for “Replacement for the Wall at the Palm.” To commemorate the series, we’ve compiled an elegant photograph slideshow detailing each roll.

Do you have any ideas for the next Celebrity Roll? Let us know, either here or on Facebook.

The Zahav Roll

October 12th, 2011

The first Celebrity Roll we feature was unveiled in early August of this year.

The Zahav Roll is a collaboration between Chef Zama and Chef Michael Solomonov. Inspired by the award-winning cuisine that Chef Solomonov creates at his Old City restaurant Zahav, the hand roll creatively fuses the Japanese and Israeli culinary traditions together.

As Chef Zama details in the video, the meaty hand roll is stuffed with sushi rice, black sesame-edamame hummus, and tuna, all wrapped tight in red shiso soy paper. Delicious edamame falafel is served alongside the four hand rolls and Zama’s spin on tzatziki: yuzu juice and crème fraîche. Each element of the dish collides on the plate for a true fusion experience.

$1 of each Celebrity Roll benefits a charity of the celebrity’s choice. Chef Solomonov chose the Philadelphia Police Athletic League (PAL). PAL is “Cops Helping Kids,” by providing free educational, athletic and cultural after-school programs for youth to become successful and productive citizens.

Questlove’s “Drum Roll”

August 17th, 2011

Philly’s own Questlove, leader of the Legendary Roots Crew, is EVERYWHERE these days. Going from cross-country tours to late night TV to centerstage of City Hall’s Fourth of July celebrations, Questlove is a man who never sleeps (or so it seems). Luckily, he took a little time to come by and learn to make his cheesesteak-inspired Celebrity Roll with Chef Zama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE8mxUseECA&annotation_id=annotation_595366&src_vid=SN1yeiQAIFM&feature=iv

 

The Questlove Drum Roll has a few twists that make it truly special. A chili-flecked soy paper gives the roll a little heat. Inside, tender washugyu beef calls out through rice and provolone cheese. The Drum Roll is ordered wit or witout sauteed onions with a jalapeño popper and horseradish aioli on the side.

For each roll sold, $1 is donated to Questlove’s charity of choice, Harlem Village Academies.