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Friday, February 3, 2012

Fresh Street Japanese Carnival at Noodlecat



About a week or two ago, Columbus Food Adventure's Bethia Woolf was kind enough to let me know of a special Cleveland/Columbus merging event where the chefs of the Columbus food truck Fresh Street were coming up to Jonathon Sawyer's Noodlecat (Cleveland) to put on a Brick & Mortar pop-up Japanese Carnival.

With the promise of takoyaki and okonomiyaki crepes, we didn't have to think long before deciding to go. We purchased our tickets, drove off to Cleveland...



...and were happy to see Chef Sawyer and blogger Rachel grilling out front in proper carnival attire.

And, fortunately for us, he wasn't the only one with accessory options...



...as there were free props on the bar, which were available to all.

So we grabbed a mask...



...found a seat with the other diners...



...and found food at various stations around the restaurant.

I think the main attraction for us was the crepe table...



...where various crepes were made with skill and care.

Julia and I shared both a salmon/cream cheese crepe and a bacon okonomiyaki crepe...



...which came complete with Japanese mayo and BBQ sauce.

Being that I ordered a second one of the okonomiyaki crepe...



...I would say it was my personal favorite.



I mean - look at that yumminess!

But there were plenty of other foods to eat, such as...



...tuna...



...chicken and green onion...



...wings...



...ramen...



...(fabulous!) pork cheeks...



...okra (which coincidentally matches Julia's top)...



...and takoyaki (octopus dipped in batter and fried)....



...plenty of takoyaki!

As we continued to gorge, we danced in our seats to the interesting music selection (which included the Rocky Horror Picture Show's "Time Warp") and took in the pleasant experience.

Both of us felt that everyone involved with the event was warm, helpful and friendly. Also, it was great that Columbus Food Adventures brought up some people from Columbus to attend the event as well.

That Cleveland/Columbus comradery made me dance (and eat) even more.

After nearly two hours of eating, we knew there were other dishes still not prepared, such as the pork tongue, beef tongue, pork belly and short rib, but we had eaten too much and too quickly with only enough space...



...for a fruit cup with tapioca, gelatin, red bean paste and whipping cream...



...and a cotton candy finish.

We eventually lifted from our seats and left the Noodlecat...



...as a fat, happy cats.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking pictures of the fun last night! I am Rachel, the yakitori grill operator next to chef Sawyer. Would you be willing to share that image with me? I'll give credit, of course, but was a little too busy to take pics myself.

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  2. Nice! I wanted to go so bad but there was simply too much going on that night. Looks fabulous! I'll have to check out Fresh Street next time I'm in C'bus.

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