We love tasty food.. and we love cooking.
To continually improve ourselves..
… from time to time we need to go learn from the best..
TWELVE COURSE OMAKASE DINNER.. we are coming….!!
Every course decided by the head chef. Every course with a matching wine.
(Of course they ask you what you dont eat when you book…)
This is one of the MOST memorable meals we have had together..
And we do not say such things lightly……….
Located in the affluent district of Aoyama..
in a quiet street opposite a traditional temple…
It kind of means bubbles in French… It’s the theme of the entire establishment..
From the food.. to the restaurant decor…
Bubbly champagne.. what else to start with here?!
Foamy starter… in a bubbly glass..
The taste is ethereal….
extremely delicate flavours that compliment each other in ways unimaginable
(And more sea urchin to fill my insatiable appetite for this stuff..)
More bubbly glasses and plates….
Head chef Shinobu Namae is really very good at pastries..
Here he and his team have taken a common item..
the fast-food pie.. and re-worked it to the highest level..
We know we often use superlatives here..
However it is still an understatement to say this is one of the best pies we have tried..
So light.. the texture so fluffy… I felt like I was floating…….
The surprising use of suppon (softshell turtle) really adds a kick!!
One might think it might be too overpowering…
but the considered use of foie gras, corn and lime balances the whole palette..
Juicy turnip… when we cut it… so much juice flowed out…
And the juice mixed with the green parsley oil emulsion below to create the sauce…
Ayu (fish) broth.. condensed into a shot
Good food = Happy K&P
Might not look much..
but each of the three pieces of Ayu (fish which made the broth) are cooked differently…
Deep fried.. pan fried.. and charcoal grilled..
And they all taste distinctly different!! I really mean the taste.. not the texture!!
See the wine in the background? A Japanese red wine..
2012 Beaupaysage Tsugane La Bois
INSANE!! This wine’s springy acidity made the fish jump out of the river!!
I’m not joking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mr Sommelier’s daring use of far-fetched wines and sakes…
We loved it.. a kind of sticky rice sake.. which goes with…
The most exquisite of foie gras…
Kailey nearly cried when she ate this………………………………..
Usually foie gras taste heavy.. and somewhat “overflowing”.. this is the opposite!
Airy.. light.. gracefully aromatic.. I can’t quite find the words to describe this…..
Also the first time we had sake-jelly..
the flat taste helps spread the flavours inside the mouth..
and at the same time.. amplifying the aroma of the foie gras …
For mains.. sirloin.. the most evenly textured sirloin I’ve eaten…
A salad landscape.. this was a journey of tastes!!
As this was eaten from left to right.. each bite had a different atmosphere…
We have not the slightest idea how this was choreographed………… (cry)
This was a confusing dish (in a good way)
Molten custard cream disc.. elderflower beer jelly…
Earl Grey ice-cream… shortbread crumbs…
It painted a very English landscape…
I could see the rolling hills.. an elderflower field in front of me…
tea and biscuits.. fluffy clouds.. a gentle breeze…..
Either I had too much alcohol (dont think so) or this was a super powerful piece of art…….
I drool every time I look at this photo..
(actually… most photos in this post do that to me..)
We were continuously perplexed and amazed Mr Naoto’s (the sommelier) wine selection
Even the desert was (literally) bubblicious…
I won’t ruin the surprise.. go try it!!
Head chef Shinobu Namae.. I think this won’t be our last meeting…
We shared the same belief that good food should be imaginative..
evoke emotions.. paint colours.. create intangibly tasty landscapes….
Mr Naoto Kishida.. our wine-landscape-creator.
He matched wine and food based on ethereal instincts
Never have we tasted such a wild.. far fetching.. yet refined selection of wines..
Each and everyone had a wonderful marriage with the food…
with visionary imagination and uncanny precision…
Man.. I don’t think we can ever do this at home…
A truly inspiring.. surprising.. fun.. yet humble man.
The Japanese Beau Paysage was player of the match…. what the hell??
How did you bring that fish back to life in my mouth?!!??!
Every single one of the twelve courses were magical.
Not one dish had any weakness or contraditions..
This consistency is scary.. awesome.. and thought shattering!
One of the best meals we’ve ever had. Period.