Friday, April 9, 2010

Al Dente

While in Japan, hubby must have his "Al Dente" fix. Al Dente is his absolutely favorite pasta restaurant since he was a kid. This is where his carbonara spaghetti obsession all began.
It's a tiny little place that is on the 6th floor of the Sony Building in Ginza. The restaurant probably only seats up to 20 people or so. You get to watch the pasta chefs whip up your dish as you sit at the bar.
The green pea salad is simple and yum. I tried to recreate this dish at home once but failed miserably. I don't know how I messed it up, but I think it's basically garlic, olive oil, green peas, salt and pepper. I have to try making this again.
Without looking at the menu, hubby knows that he must have his carbonara. He usually orders the "oomori" which means extra large portion! This is the dish that he dreams of and craves when we are back home in the states. After he slurped it all up he said that it wasn't as good as he remembered. I guess after hyping it up after all this time he expected more? haha. The carbonara here uses minimum amounts of cream and maximum amounts of egg so it's quite different from the carbonara we make at home. Still, I thought it was pretty darn good.
I had to have the spaghetti in meat sauce. For some reason, spaghetti in Japan tastes very different than spaghetti in the states. I think it's a little sweeter and a little lighter. Preggo me, always hungry, slurped the whoooole plate up.


dawn said...

i can clearly see why there is an addiction!

Davy SW said...

i bet baby m liked it too.

appropriated.muffin said...

i love japanese pasta dishes! it's different yet familiar at the same time! that green pea salad seems absolutely yummy too! i'm sure i'd fail if I attempted to recreate... hope you can post a success for us all to try too!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

at the beginning of my prego stage, i cudn't eat a as you, i cud inhale a whole plate of pasta! :D

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