Last (Japanese) Supper Night, Friday 22nd October 2004
One of our most stalwart members is leaving to go back to the US (why, I have no idea) but he is, so this month's dinner would be the last one for Ray Dudek in Berlin, at least for the foreseeable future. Ahhh, I hear you sigh. Oh well.
So I thought long and hard (as the bishop said to the actress) about something which we haven't tried before (and which Ray won't find in Nashville), and I came up with the idea for a teppanyaki grill. If you've never had a teppanyaki before, well, now is a bloody good time to try one. It is a sort of a personal meal, where the food is actually cooked on top of the table you're sitting on by a Japanese cook wielding all sorts of weird utensils. The best part is the fire ice cream dessert, which actually isn't on our menu, but I would recommend it as an additional dish, and it's cooked in the dark as well. I can't tell you more as I would have to kill you but it's really a fun dish!
Due to our club's immense purchasing power and influence, we have managed to organise 2 special menus, either (i) beef or (ii) fish, for a special price of 39 EUR per person as opposed to the full teppanyaki menu of 73 EUR. But I stress that it is not the full teppanyaki menu, so be warned. Sorry, but there are no vegetarian options. Also, to be honest, I've been to this place before so I doubt the portions are going to be huge so my suggestion is that we mosey over to the Soul Trane afterwards for some jazz music and also cocktails and snacks, if one feels like topping up a little.
Anyway, the teppanyaki place is called Daitokai and it's in the Europa-Center, Tauentzienstrasse 9-12, 10789 Berlin. It's a biggish place, so a few more people are welcome to come along, maybe up to 14-16 persons. And especially as it's Ray's last dinner club night for a (long) while, well, it would be nice if a few more of you would come along to see him off. The date, once again, is Friday, 22 October.
As usual, if you want to come along and see some blue burning ice cream, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org asap. Those lucky folks that make it onto the list will get a confirmation email and then later a map detailing where and when we will meet up before the dinner.
How It Went On the Night...
Firstly, apologies to a couple of young ladies who *really* didn't like fish. I had not covered all the dietary issues as fully as I had thought, and I hope this didn't spoil things too much for them, but, hey, thanks for the extra helping of sashimi! Otherwise, things went pretty much to plan, except we started late as we had to wait for someone who shall remain nameless but you know who you are. The food was pretty OK, the sake was warm, the Asahi beer was dry, the ice cream got burnt, so what more can one expect? The cooking was quite entertaining especially as our cook kept dropping his bits and bobs and he was also wearing some weird Japanese cowboy holster belt, complete with a pair of guns which he used to light up the flaming ice cream! And I thought *I* had too much to drink...
Afterwards, a small contingent went to Adagio to bop the night away. I don't know what happened there. I had to escape as I had a terrible cold, which had nothing to do with the beers and cocktails and sake I was drinking. Besides, at 265, I'm far too old to go clubbing into the early hours.
Anyway, we all would like to wish Ray all the best in Nashville, where he'll start his next job. I'm sure he'll be in touch, if only to get refill cans of wasabi peas (which is another one of those things he won't find in Nashville, Tennessee). Good luck, m8.
A (33), I (32) Ray & Kristi Tamara Girl with drinks Next table Food! Cool belt Isabella (32) Tucking in Showing off Marc & Andreas Fire ice