Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email [email protected]
40. Buttterfish Tataki from Roka Akor
You won't find it on every sushi menu around town and even cooked it might go by a different name -- ever had Hawaiian walu? -- but that's a shame because butterfish tastes exactly like the name implies. The delicate white fish offers a superbly smooth, silkly texture, making it particularly enjoyable to eat raw.
It's true, Roka Akor specializes in smoky fare prepared on the restaurant's charcoal robata grill. But that hasn't stopped the butterfish tataki appetizer from becoming a favorite mainstay of the menu.
In this dish slices of white asparagus complement the pieces of fresh butterfish, while a hint of yuzu gives the dish a subtle tartness that in no way takes away from the delicate, clean flavor of the fish itself. It's as pretty to look at as it is enjoyable to eat.
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