James and I have quite the preference for Asian food (when we're not eating Hispanic/Latino food, of course) - Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean...they're all fantastic. However, having GOOD options later in the evening isn't possible. AND, after a long drive to Golden Pig and getting things done during the day - not to mention taking an unexpected nap - we were still craving Asian food at 11:00 PM.
Step in - Fukuda. Making the impossible possible.
|Fukuda, 1:30 AM|
As we arrived, Matt Kemp, the Executive Sushi Chef, was cleaning up for the night. Although I could not try his artistic and creative sushi renderings that evening, I have tried them in the past at Emilia Romagna, a short-lived sushi/pizza restaurant (yeah, weird) in the Strip District (now V Ultra Lounge). The man is a sushi-making marvel - blends of sushi, rice, and other ingredients that rival anything at Nakama ("Pittsburgh's Best Sushi Restaurant", according to the readers of the Pittsburgh City Paper). I wish I still had the pictures of his creations, but you can read about them and see beautiful pictures of them in a review by Food Collage.
We were able to partake in their late-night menu. James had been there before, so he took the reigns and ordered one of each of the Robotayaki (Charcoal grilled skewers) for us to share:
|Robotayaki (from front): Scallion, Shiitake, Yellowtail, Salmon|
Love. Grilled meat and vegetables. Although small, each grilled skewer packed amazing Asian flavors. A great late-night snack.
But more substantial - and more delicious even - than those was the Okonomiyaki, a combination of Napa cabbage, beni shoga (pickled ginger, colored red), Dashi (broth base, as in miso soup), and Katsuobushi (dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna), topped with pork belly, house-made Oko sauce, and Japanese mayo:
AND DELICIOUS. I even ate some pork belly (a no-no to my belly) because it was that good.
Oh, and we ordered a second.
While we waited for the second Okonomiyaki to come out, we had also ordered the Edamame, which was simply grilled and salted:
|Grilled Watermelon. No. Don't even try.|
Who wouldn't want food that dances after 11 PM?
Oh man, and if this place is that good late...I can only imagine how awesome it is at a decent hour (and with Matt making the sushi!)...
4770 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 (Bloomfield)