No….not! Get your mind out of the gutter! Naked food = Clean food? Oh yes, it does. Naked Gurume Gyarari (Gourmet Gallery) is a new Japanese, Italian fusion hybrid featuring fresh sashimi, a whole lot of wholesome quinoa (I love that stuff) and hearty pastas! Naked is the brainchild of Locofama’s (post) executive chef, Justin Chan. And if you have ever been to Locofama- you can expect quality, wholesome and organic food. Naked offers the same healthy alternative except with a Japanese fusion twist. Just a floor up from a small white hallway entrance on 28 Elgin Street in SOHO lies Naked, there’s a private room AND gigantic gallery space on the left, and the dining space/restaurant/bar and open kitchen on the right. Naked is dark, moody and sexy- with dark wood, low lighting and minimal decor…its a great place for dining with friends, family or a date OK. Enough about the restaurant space…lets get to the NAKED food.
Nom nom nom nom nom!! Get ready for a
sexy Naked feast!
Black Truffle Lotus Root Chips | Yuzu Garlic Cream, Black Truffle Pate $78 These lotus root chips were the perfect starter. They were so addictive though. Lightly fried, these crunchy crisps dipped in the fresh yuzu garlic cream sauce was perfect!!
Goji Sesame Quinoa | Mixed Quino, Cherry Tomato, Mesculin, Red Radish, Cucumber, buttery Croutons & Sesame Vinaigrette dressing $88 This serving size is quite large… the salad was delicious! I loved the sweet goji taste, light sesame vinaigrette dressing and the nice blend of quinoa. I loved everything about this salad. We easily scooped up every last refreshing bite.
Lobster Risotto Bisque |Smoked Turkey Cognac Reduction, Parsley Lime Risotto, Crouton $168, This was recommended to us and I thought it was pretty good, but it was missing some more flavour….But still it was beautifully presented and a nice warming starter soup!
Toro, Y 48 Months Iberico Ham Wrap (3 Wraps) | Tuna Belly, Sea Grapes, Negi, Mixed Quinoa, Shisho Cress $168, These wraps are a must get! They are a bit pricey though. 3 comes to $168…but they are very very gooooooood. The tuna belly is incased in a thin slice of flavourful iberico ham, topped off with fresh negi, sea grapes and some added quinoa (QUINOA is their secret ingredient…it pretty much showed up in all the dishes! Which I definitely had no problem with…loved them!)…delicious.
A closeup of this lovely toro wrap!
So far…so good, Naked! We waited quite a while for our main to come….we went during their soft opening phase!
Grilled Garlic Steak | Black Angus Rib Eye, Shimeji Mushroom, Garlic Chips, Crisp Purple Potato, Lemon, Orange Ginger Sauce $188, When the grilled garlic steak did come…my, my, my…was I excited! The fragrant smell was terrific. The steak was very nice, juicy and tender- I really liked the garlic chips, and crisp purple potato. The orange ginger sauce is very flavourful…so I didn’t use too much of it…but overall. YUM.
Uni & Quinoa Pasta | Sea Urchin, Mixed Quinoa, Bacon Loin, Cherry Tomato, Garlic Cream, Parmesan, Linguini | $188, Ooooh la la…WE gobbled this up, quickly! The uni and quinoa (secret ingredient) pasta was perfect! It wasn’t too heavy or saucy but had the perfect amount of light garlic cream and parmesan. The sea urchin and quinoa mix was seriously the perfect combo! WHO KNEW?!
We thought we were done…but Chef JC came out to give us these specials….
On the house! Fig Headed Ferns, Shimeji Mushroom Dish! Mmm…. The fig headed ferns were so fresh, refreshing and fragrant. I loved how the mushrooms and bacon add a different texture and flavour to the ferns. Nice!
On the house! Delightful Dessert. Cucumber Blueberry & Sponge Cake Sushi. Doesn’t it look like sushi rolls? Wasabi and soy sauce? Green tea jelly and dark chocolate sauce!! Haha, love how this is a dessert made to look like sushi rolls! I personally thought this dessert was just alright…but it was very light, refreshing, and simple. I loved how light I felt after popping one of these in my mouths…the best part was definitely the green tea jelly and dark chocolate sauce!! MMM… Thx JC! Congrats again!
Go get NAKED soon THE FOOD, I mean…it’ll definitely be filling up fast!! <3 I’ll be back! Need to go get Locofama sometime soon again, Hehe.
Naked | 1/F, 28 Elgin Street 伊利近街28號1樓 |2363 7299 |
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