Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing our 100 Favorite Dishes with you. Now we're back - with the 2011 edition. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5: Spanish Mackerel Sashimi from Shimogamo
It is said that the best time for eating a Spanish mackerel is in the summer, when it's preparing to mate and the fat content is the highest.
We love it then, or during any other season for that matter. Especially when it's served up at Shimogamo, the sophisticated Japanese restaurant and top-notch sushi bar in Chandler.
Its presentation is a work of art, and every bit as delicious upon consuming.
Like a a piece of tasty taxidermy, the Spanish mackerel is presented as sashimi, but with the rest of the body flash-cooked, sculpted with a torch, and placed in a bed of daikon to make it appear as though it were jumping out of the water.
You can eat everything on your plate (yes, everything) and the side of ponzu sauce is tasty, too.
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