Most fusion restaurants are characterized by a big swing, and a big miss. The intentions are usually good, and the concepts make sense on paper, but at bat on the plate, they just don’t have the right swing. Kimika is the exception. Chef Christine Lau VERY successfully marries Japanese, and other aspects of regional Asian cuisine, with high end Italian cuisine. She knocks it out of the park! My wife and I went with another food-obsessed couple, so we were able to try most of the menu.
First off, excellent cocktails! I loved their take on an old fashioned.
To start, we snacked on a bowl of spiced olives, tuna tartare and wagyu + uni skewers. All fantastic.
This squash and sunflower pesto pizzette was an incredible expression of Asian + Italian – also very light and crisp. A great snack.
The “pasta” dishes are where you really see that marriage, though. This shrimp and prosciutto tortellini with mochi in a Japanese broth was probably our favorite bite of the night.
The crispy rice cake lasagna with Italian sausage was up there though, and I’m finding myself craving this as I write…
Even the vegetable selections are all beautiful mash-ups of Italian and Asian flavors, and all of them were great! Our favorite was the charred green beans with olive tapenade and prosciutto (first pic below).
The mains are pretty incredible here. We started with an amazing porchetta. Look at that crispy skin!
Then we moved on to a surf & turf plate, composed of spot prawns that were basted with uni butter, and a killer dry-aged steak with a pickled greens and wasabi spread.
So good! And easily one of the best steaks I’ve had in a very long time. 10/10 – it really brought the funk!
Dessert was also a homerun with the yakult soft serve (our favorite), tiramisu and warm mochi bomboloncini.
I highly recommend this place, and I can’t wait to go back!
40 Kenmare St,
New York, NY 10012