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Japanese Cooking Class Tokyo with Mari - CLOSED

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Jackaroony wrote a review May 2016
London, United Kingdom45 contributions11 helpful votes
Did a cooking class with my boyfriend at Mari back in March. We absolutely loved it and Mari was an amazing teacher. Mari made us feel so welcome in her home and the whole experience felt so personal compared to doing this with a big group. It was so lovely being taught how to make traditional Japanese food and now that I have the recipe I will definitely be making it again. All of the food we made was delicious. Mari even taught us how to serve Japanese food and plate it correctly. I enjoyed learning about Japanese cuisines and traditional cooking methods. Mari ended the cooking class with a beautiful dessert she had made and even gave us all a little gift to take home. So glad we did this cooking class. It was a lovely experience and very rewarding.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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PJaLondon wrote a review Dec 2015
Singapore, Singapore22 contributions9 helpful votes
The group of 5 (2 Brits, 2 Aussies and 1 Belgian lady) met Mari at the subway station and were taken to her apartment. She offered us tea and explained about the ingredients that go into a typical Japanese meal. Each person was given one or more tasks to help prepare the meal. My task was cutting onions which I did badly, as in Japanese cooking onions have to cut really thinly. After some hard work mixed with general conversation we sat down to taste the food. I can honestly say, it was one of the best meals I have ever tasted. We even had a desert made from coconut and banana which Mari prepared plus some Chocolates from Papua New Guinea which I provided. These proved to be quite popular with the group. This was my first day in Japan and a really enjoyable experience. Mari is a great cook, a kind host with a lively personality.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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Dbth2 wrote a review Dec 2015
41 contributions22 helpful votes
did a class with Mari on my last day in Japan. Fantastic end to the trip - the experience of cooking and eating in a local's kitchen, hearing about the different foods and how they are used and in the end, eating delicious food. Mari is extremely knowledgeable about Japanese food and provides detailed guidance and explanations on what she is using and how. this is a must do if you are interested in learning more about the local cuisine.
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Date of experience: December 2015
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swamifish wrote a review Dec 2015
Honolulu, Hawaii1 contribution2 helpful votes
Visited Japan with my wife and wanted to try a Japanese cooking class. Mari's class was very well reviewed and her website was easy to access and use for English speakers. I emailed her ahead of time and luckily she had an opening for us. The class itself was very informative and fun. There were 6 of us in the class from all over the world: Hawaii, California, Germany, Australia, a good mix of students. We did a lot of the food preparation and Mari helped us while cooking the dishes. We made several different dishes: a salad with homemade dressing, soup stock, a marinated pan-fried fish main dish. Mari also made a fancy dessert for us at the end. Mari is knowledgeable and she includes many key details as to why the Japanese cook the way they do. She has a lot of info on what types of ingredients and where to get them. She even assisted one of the students locating a knife shop to pick up a Japanese-made chef's knife. Her English is very good, did not have any trouble communicating at all. All in all, it was a very good experience and well worth it. Highly recommend the experience.
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Date of experience: October 2015
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Sirotnikov wrote a review Nov 2015
Haifa, Israel40 contributions15 helpful votes
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Marry's cooking class was one of the best experiences we had in Japan, and allowed us to bring a small piece of Japan home. Mari is incredibly friendly and outgoing with grade A English and a great sense of humor. She is also a top notch chef, with years of experience, formal training in cooking around the world, and a recently published popular cookbook (yet you'll never hear about it from her). The food we cooked under her direction was one of the best meals we had in our month long stay. Don’t let that scare you - her class is incredibly and approachable for beginners and advanced amateurs a like. Her explanations are very clear and thorough, with plenty of room for questions. She gives ample background information about the dish’s history and role in Japanese cuisine. She spends time discussing the technique and the different cooking utensils we will use. At least two talks (before and after the cooking) were spent going over the various ingredients: where do they come from, what is their function in the dish, how to choose them, and of course - how to substitute those hard to find outside of Japan. The class format was a group of 6 people. We started with a short introduction. Mari went over the dishes we will cook, when (and how) are the dishes served, and then gave out tasks for different prep work and cooking. We had two main dishes and several side dishes, so each person had several things to do, and participated in nearly all dishes (which is something that does not happen in some cooking classes we read about on TripAdvisor). We had a great group with plenty of stuff to chat about, and made sure to swap tasks between us, so everyone could take part in all the dishes. Mari went from person to person, giving pointers and correcting technique, making sure to call other group members to pay attention for important tips. Obviously, Mari printed the full recipes for us, with plenty of space to scribble additional remarks. We set up the table and talked some more over the incredible meal we cooked. We had a blast talking to the other participants and Mari herself. We talked about cooking, about travel and about Japan. In many ways, this class was a cultural experience as well as a foodie one. After another round of questions and answers about what we had just made, Mari served a surprise French dessert, which was amazing, and gave out packages with more stuff to take home. This was a great way to end our trip, and we are eager to invite our friends for a Japanese meal, to flaunt our newly acquired skills and ingredients.
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Date of experience: September 2015
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