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Pork Belly and Chawanmushi for Bento Box Brunch at Nobuo at Teeter House

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Next door to that bit of elegance lies a puffy, lightly battered piece of shrimp tempura, sided with skewers of duck meat, watermelon, pineapple and goat cheese, and goat cheese with cotton candy grapes (which really do taste like cotton candy, making them completely addictive).

The bottom tier holds a compartment of rosy kampachi sashimi, a spoon containing two disks of poached tuna on a schmear of cucumber sauce and slices of lightly seared tuna, smoothed with sweet onion sauce. If you were taking the omakase, light-to-heavy approach, you'd probably start with this one.

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