。鱈卵屋 – 品嘗明太子真味。
Mentaiko, I fell in love with it since the first time I visited Japan. With bright red appearance and a little spiciness, Mentaiko is good for eating alone or with rice. I still remember the moment of the first time I had it. I was attracted by its appearance and saw that some Japanese had it together with the rice. And therefore, I gave it a try and fell in love with it. Heard about Tararan-ya for quite a while and finally came here to try.
There were not many diners, so as server, when we arrived. The decor in the restaurant was simple, but the owner was so detailed minded to arrange extra-wide table for tables for 2. Ok, let’s talk about the dishes. The starter, deep-fried cheese and rice balls with mentai sauce, was so crispy. I expected to taste a tough texture but somehow it was the other way around with soft cheese inside the rice balls.
Mentaiko omelet roll was the most popular dish on the menu. How was it possible for a person who love omelet roll to miss it? The presentation was stunning. Bright yellow omelet wrapped the red mentai and served with radish and a bit soy sauce. You may also try the salad dressing to enhance the sweetness of the egg. Two different ways for you to enjoy it.
For the main course, since I worried that my friend didn’t like the tradition mentaiko (entire roll of mentai served with rice), we ordered the famous Tararan-ya bowl with Salmon and Hamachi. It served with a box of 6 different side ingredients and a bottle of fish soup. The server explained the 3 different ways to enjoy the rice and we followed suit. The presentation was very attractive that the sashimi and beans were sliced to fine, and placed delicately on the rice with egg and mentai. Let me explain the 3 ways to enjoy it. First of all, mix all the ingredients in the bowl. Be patient when you do it. The rice will get sticky and stick the ingredients to the rice. Tasted pretty light but you can taste the individual taste of each ingredients. Then, add some seasoning, such as wasabi, seaweed and sesame seed. Thirdly, add the seasoning and soup, similar as Ochazuke while you add tea to the rice. The soup made the flavour even richer. The flavour of mentai seemed to be explore in your mouth. My personal favourite. If you worry that you can’t finish the whole bowl, you may select 1/2 portion.
Lastly, we ordered a Salmon and Avocado rice roll with cheese. The flavour of avocado and cheese was so rich that the sesame seed gave its some saltiness and brought out its sweetness. The mentai somehow made it taste less heavy. Also a good choice on the menu.
店家正在做「感謝祭」，每位到餐廳晚膳的食客也會有一份禮物帶走，當然是店家出品 — 鱈卵明太(芥末味)。店家還會附上簡單食法，讓食客可以在家裡享受明太子的美味。優惠至本月29日，切勿錯過。 (店裡還有不少其他產品可供選擇)
The restaurant is now having thankful period. They give out one box of Tarayan mentai (wasabi x mentai) to guests during dinner period. A simple recipe is also provided in order to let the guests enjoy the same taste at home. The promotion period will last till 29 September. Don’t miss it!!
Address: 14/F, 499 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay.
Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays 12.00-15.00, 18.00-23.00