This was a late-winter/early spring visit to Shōtō. Unbeknownst to me, the former chef de cuisine, Mitchell Bates (who came from momofuku ko), left at the end of the year. They promoted Peter Jensen from within, so there was a great deal of continuity in the menu, although there were some differences. One change was that diners can have a shorter menu. I think they knew I wouldn’t do that, so I wasn’t even asked. Also, they changed their reservation system to use Opentable.com.
Right away, there was a hot roll and butter to start off. It was nice and crunchy/chewy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside.
For wine, I started with the rare pour white, which was a Chassagne-Montrachet, which was fine but not as good as a Meursault. Eventually, I asked for the rare pour Pinot Noir as well later in the meal.
The snacks continued with roasted sunchoke soup with arctic char roe and East Coast oyster with green chilies.
The next bite was toasted cheddar cheese with Worcestershire sauce and some tapioca to hold form. It was almost as good as the grilled sushi rice bite (which was not served with this meal – first time ever).
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