Our Yummy Story Destination to Dashi in New Haven, CT, the newest “hot spot” that denotes Dashi’s house speciality of Shabu~shabu, which is sometimes referred to in other Asian cultures as hot pot. Shabu~Shabu is a fun, interactive Japanese dining experience where pieces of thinly sliced beef or chicken are cooked quickly with vegetables in a boiling broth and then dipped into a sauce before eating. “Dashi” is the Japanese word for the “savory broth” where the magic begins.
Our church has been hosting Marriage Week and one of the events consisted of Date Night. When Hubby and I heard about Dashi and their Shabu-Shabu hot pot, we couldn’t wait to experience it for ourselves and so did many other couples from our church.
Our Yummy Story Destination to Dashi in New Haven started with a California sushi roll and a spicy tuna roll, along with an assortment of dumplings (Gyoza pork dumplings, shumai shrimp dumplings and Harumaki spring rolls). We followed with Karaagi chicken (marinated Japanese flavored chicken breast cubes) and had to take a well needed break to digest before diving into our Shabu Shabu experience.
Our Yummy Story Destination to Dashi in New Haven continued with our waitress bringing the broth served right at our tabletop, to a boil. We were instructed to take prepared raw ingredients (beef for me and shrimp for Hubby) and gently swish them back and forth in the broth until cooked. Dashi offers for dipping sauces a ponzu, ginger and a creamy “secret sauce” to choose from. We could not end the night without dessert, especially when the waitress mentioned “Fire Ball Ice Cream”, we were sold.
Dashi also serves a variety of Japanese comfort foods like ramen, curry, sushi rolls and Izakaya, which are Japanese small plates, such as dumplings and and spring rolls. Island cocktail lovers will also be happy to know that Dashi will be equip with a full bar serving Tiki inspired concoctions as well as beer, wine and sake.
Our Yummy Story Destination to Dashi in New Haven is exactly what Hubby and I needed to enjoy some “we” time. The whole culinary experience is worth the drive to Dashi in New Haven and we are definitely making plans to bring our girls back because our Yummy Story Destination to Dashi is not complete until we make them part of it.