We dined here on the recommendation of our hotel concierge. This was definitely the blow-out evening for our 3 week Japan visit. It is a multi-course, Kaiseki style evening and there 4 price points starting at 150,000 Yen pp. We went with number two at 220K Yen pp. And this is a Michelin 1 star restaurant! What are the three stars like?!
It was worth it! We had an evening of magic, romance, beauty and wonderful food. As is typical in a restaurant of this type we had a private room overlooking a beautifully lit garden. The tatami room was simple with plush upholstered chairs for our Western bodies.
The adventure began when our taxi dropped us off. We were greeted by a lovely gate with a huge flower arrangements and climbed stone steps through a tree lit path to reach the restaurant. There we were greeted personally by our kimona clad server who helped us remove shoes and led us to our room
We ordered wine by the glass as she recommended as bottles of wine started at over $100. Four glasses came to about $60 and they were excellent wines. We had about 8 wonderful courses, each beautifully presented on handsome ceramic, stoneware and glass plates. Our server's English was excellent enough to supplement the printed explanations on our printed menu.
We had all the traditional Japanese food, sashimi, tempura, miso, egg custard, etc but each with elaborate artfulness and subtle tastes and textures. Each dish was cleared and another brought while we were left to dine in private as our server slid in and out of the shoji screens. She was the perfect host, warm, discrete, helpful.
When it came time for dessert she asked if we would like to move to another room with a better view of the garden. I suppose this was not standard and only available because this very prime room was unoccupied that night. We were escorted to a glorious large room with wrap around glass overlooking the spectacular garden.
We had our fruit/dessert course and then our server slid open the glass doors and motioned us to sit near the edge of the room. She brought over a small table, our two chairs and a blanket for my lap and we had dessert and tea listening to the small waterfall and taking in this small Japanese paradise.
A wonderful and unforgettable experience.
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