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This is a freakishly large piece of scallop. It was also freakishly good. The hotate was grilled over charcoal, and then lightly smeared with soy sauce and tucked into a piece of nori and handed to me by the friendly Japanese chef piping hot.

Its so delightfully sweet, succulent and tender. It was a bit too hot at first, steaming at first bite, but it was a lovely showcase of the quality of Japanese seafood. I couldn't discern any seasoning besides the soy sauce on the scallop; and it didn't need it, so flavorful and perfect it was on its own. Even the nori played a part as a contrasting crunchy vessel in this symphony of deliciousness.