Matt and Cat\'s Isle of Wight Eating Out Guide
Omakase Supper at Stripped, Ventnor Omakase Supper at Stripped, Ventnor
For one night only Stripped, Ventnor’s achingly hip burger and pizza joint, was turning Japanese – we really think so. Over forty guests joined... Omakase Supper at Stripped, Ventnor

For one night only Stripped, Ventnor’s achingly hip burger and pizza joint, was turning Japanese – we really think so. Over forty guests joined us for a superb evening of authentic Japanese-style Omakase dining from talented Steffen Erbe, chef at both Ventnor’s Cantina and its sister venue Stripped. Fifteen courses of wonder and delight, with taste, creativity and tradition, all served on beautiful crockery to our eager guests.

Steffen Erbe puts the finishing touches to the pickles course

Steffen Erbe puts the finishing touches to the pickles course

Omakase お任せ is the Japanese tradition of letting a chef choose your meal. The word means “I will leave it to you.” Traditionally, it’s where guests trust the chef to serve them a meal which is seasonal, elegant, artistic and uses the finest ingredients.

Pickles

Pickles

After a tongue-tingling appetiser of Stripped’s spicy popcorn, we were served a little ramekin of house pickles, including beets, kohlrabi and radish.

Miso-glazed aubergine

Miso-glazed aubergine

This delicious miso-glazed aubergine had the soft texture of a ripe fig.

Salmon tataki and asparagus tamagoyaki

Salmon tataki and asparagus tamagoyaki

As well as being a taste sensation, the meal was an education in Japanese cuisine. Salmon tataki (seared and marinated fish) and asparagus tamagoyaki (omelette) were perfect plate-fellows.

Porcini tofu with ponzu dressing

Porcini tofu with ponzu dressing

Porcini tofu with ponzu dressing. Yes, tofu CAN be delicious in the right hands!

'Burnt Ps' with furikake

‘Burnt Ps’ with furikake

Life’s too short of faff about shelling edamame peas. Instead, Steffen dressed ‘burnt Ps’ with furikake – a dry Japanese seasoning. And we could eat the peas, shells and all!

Liver pate nigiri, chicken teriyaki maki , Isle of Wight wagyu nigiri

Liver pate nigiri, chicken teriyaki maki , Isle of Wight wagyu nigiri

Look away now, meat-dodgers! This trio was divine: liver pate nigiri, chicken teriyaki maki (marinated and rolled), Isle of Wight wagyu nigiri (finely-sliced beef).

Crabmeat and sweetcorn sharwanmushi

Crabmeat and sweetcorn sharwanmushi

Time to lay aside our chopsticks and pick up our little wooden spoons for the local crabmeat and sweetcorn sharwanmushi – a kind of steamed savoury egg custard. Worth fishing about in to discover the big chunks of crab meat.

Beef katsu with Bull Dog sauce

Beef katsu with Bull Dog sauce

This beef katsu with Bull Dog sauce was referred to as a beef burger, which technically it might have been. Delicious chopped beef inside a breaded shell.

White miso soup, charred prawn

White miso soup, charred prawn

It was a good job we’d been instructed to hang on to our spoons. Course, what number is it now? Are you keeping up at the back? Course ten: white miso soup, charred prawn and wilted spinach. Lovely!

Isle of Wight wagyu on a hot stone

Isle of Wight wagyu on a hot stone

More Isle of Wight wagyu, this time presented sizzling on a piping hot stone in a moat of salt crystals and red peppercorns. This dish caused some drama!

Amazake shot

Amazake shot

We necked back our amazake shots: a traditional sweet, low-alcohol Japanese drink made from fermented rice.

Sake jelly and kinnako

Sake jelly and kinnako

Check out this awesome jewel-like dessert! It’s sake jelly and kinnako (toasted sweetened ground soya beans).

Japanese cheesecake, yuzu ice cream

Japanese cheesecake, yuzu ice cream

Yuzu is a citrus fruit which, for this meal, was used by local vegan ice cream makers Beau’s to create a tangy dessert, served with Japanese cheesecake and sliced apple.

Ginger canelle, matcha tart, miso brownie

Ginger canelle, matcha tart, miso brownie

The last pudding was three puddings, of course. Spongey ginger canelle, matcha (green tea) tart, and the spectacular miso brownie. What a finale!

Liver pate nigiri, chicken teriyaki maki , Isle of Wight wagyu nigiri

Liver pate nigiri, chicken teriyaki maki , Isle of Wight wagyu nigiri

Steffen, Klaus and the team at Stripped did us proud. From the beautiful sake jelly, to the simple ‘burnt Ps’ and theatrical wagyu, this meal was a triumph. And £39.50 a head? It’s no surprise it was a sell-out! Thanks so much to Stripped for turning Japanese for the evening. More please!

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  • Tray Mikich

    2nd April 2019 #1 Author

    Looks like some banquet! Delicious.

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