Showing posts with label Kaiseki. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kaiseki. Show all posts

Friday, January 19, 2024

n/naka@Palms Los Angeles ★★★

2 Michelin Stars Modern Kaiskei. Absolute Favorite. A progressive philosophic journey. Well-balanced meal from start to finish. They don't have the Michelin arrogance. They value holistic customer experience rather anything else. Niki Nakyama is very humble and friendly. Abalone Pasta is her signature dish. Devin is an exceptional sommelier and always provides us with beyond outstanding service. Great team service. 3.5 hours dinner. Course $310 per person. Corkage fee $85. Limited free street parking or valet. Reservations on Tock and are very hard to book.

Sakizuke
Caledonian Blue Shrimp, Corn Panna Cotta, Tomato Jam, Caviar, Eggplant

Niki Nakayama & Carole Lida

Devin, our favorite Sake Sommelier

Ultramarine Blanc de Blancs

Ultramarine Blanc de Blancs

Welcome Drink – Apple Cider Ginger

Devin's Sake Recommendations of the Day


Bijoufu Sake $200

Zensai
Celery & Truffle Vinaigrette, Tamagoyaki & Californian Spiny Lobster, Wagyu Nikomi, Fennel & Purple Mizuna & Pecan, Grilled Shiitake, Buri Spring Roll, Orange Gelee

Modern Zukuri
Buri, Daikon, Beet, Daikon & Yuzu Dashi

Owan
Lobster, Hakusai, Shimeji, Carrot

Harada $75


Otsukuri
Hirame, Otoro, Scallop


Yakimono
Amadai, Celriac Purée, Tomatillo & Black Garlic, Ponzu, Cabbage Glass Chip

Mushimono
Ika & Clam Shinjo, Satoimo, Fennel, Nori & Yuzu Dashi

Shiizakana
Spaghetti, Abalone, Pickled Cod Roe, Truffle

Niku
A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Beef, Fig Miso, Shiitake Purée, Charcoal-Roasted Maitake

Sunomono
Oyster, Citrus Ponzu, Namasu Oroshi

Nishida Denshu Tokubetsu Country Squire Junmai

Shokuji
Hirame, Otoro, Saba Nigiri Sushi

Shokuji
Kinmedai, Kamasu, Uni & Ikura Nigiri Sushi


Blue Crab Handroll

Fish Soup

Mizumono
Bergamont Sorbet, Sweet Ginger Gelee, Lime Meringue

Rum Baba, Cheesecake Ice Cream, Miso Crunch, Blood Orange & Mango

Mochi for Special Celebration

Artisan Chocolates

n/naka
3455 S Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 836-6252
n-naka.com

Saturday, December 16, 2023

sushi ii@Newport Beach ★★★

Great Quality Omakase Sushi in Orange County. Felt like Ginza, Tokyo. Middle Tier Oribe Omakase Course $180 per person. Add-ons available. I added Aji ($10) & Ikura ($8). Love the Aji. Would like to try their Kaiseki Course next time. Complimentary Green Tea. Complimentary parking in lot.


sushi ii
100 West Coast Hwy Ste 202
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 287-6268
sushi-ii.com

Friday, December 8, 2023

Hana Izumi@Millbrae ★★★

Great Kaiseki in Bay Area. So happy to find out that they carry Fifth Taste sake – Kaze no Mori & Akabu. We were able to pick them for the $40 4 glasses sake flight. Luna-san served us, and her husband, Koji-san, is the chef. Kaiseki meal $99 per person (dessert $10). Corkage fee $35 (one bottle per table). Street parking.

Amuse Bouche
Kobachi 3 Ways

Sashimi


Sake Flight $40

Kaze no Mori

Akabu



Fifth Taste Sake

Refresher
Hirame Ankake
deep fried halibut & lotus root mochi w/ yuzu ankake sauce

Grilled Dish
Gindara Saikyo Yaki
grilled sweet miso marinated black cod

Steamed Dish
Dungeness Crab Chawanmushi
steamed savory egg custard w/ dungeness crab

Akabu

Entée option: Wagyu Donburi
sukiyaki wagyu beef over steamed rice

Entée option: Negitoro Chirashi Bowl
chopped fatty tuna over sushi rice

Miso Soup

Sesame Chiffon Roll Cake $10
sesame chiffon roll cake w/ red bean cream, matcha powder, berries, & hojicha ice cream

Hana Izumi Japanese Kaiskei
93 El Camino Real,
Millbrae, CA 94030
(650) 302-3012
hana-izumi.com

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Kikunoi 菊乃井@Akasaka Tokyo ★★

2 Michelin Stars Kaiseki Restaurant. Exquisite plating with seasonal ingredients carefully handcrafted. Crab was fresh and amazing. Original restaurant in Kyoto. The restaurant also has its own sake with a nice taste. 44,000 yen per person. 500 yen for togo packing with nice packaging. Reservation can be made via myconciergejapan.com with an additional handling fee [developing story]

Hassun
Assortment of Appetizers

Welcome Sake

Sake Cup Made from bottom of Gourd

Welcome Sake

Welcome Sake

Kikunoi (Restaurant Brand) Junmai Daiginjo 2,750 yen

Kikunoi (Restaurant Brand) Junmai Daiginjo 2,750 yen

Choku
Sekogani Crab Shell Stuffed w/ Sticky Rice

Hassun
Assortment of Appetizers


Kenzo Napa Wine also available

Mukouzuke 1
Sashimi of Butterfish & Tai (Red Sea Bream), Wasabi, Chrysanthemum Petals, Curled Carrot & Daikon Raddish

Mukouzuke2
Sashimi of Maguro (Bluefin Tuna), Mustard, Soy Sauce Marinated Egg Yolk Sauce

Soy Sauce Marinated Egg Yolk Sauce for Sashimi

Futamono
Steamed Shrimp & Scallops Gingo Nuts Dumpling, Tied Carrot, Yuzu Shaped Like a Pine Needle, Chrysanthemum Petals, Chrysanthemum Leaf, Starchy Sauce

Minaki Gokugen (limited edition of 1,000 bottles) 55,000 yen (720mL)

Minaki Gokugen

Minaki Gokugen

Yakimono
Grilled Crab, Fried Walnuts

Yakimono
Grilled Crab, Fried Walnuts

Yakimono
Grilled Crab, Fried Walnuts

Yakimono
Grilled Crab, Fried Walnuts

Yakimono
Grilled Crab, Fried Walnuts

Yakimono
Grilled Crab, Fried Walnuts

Sake in Crab Shell with Kani Miso

Kani Miso & Crab Meat

Kani Miso & Crab Meat, Sake w/ Kani Miso

Sake w/ Kani Miso

Sake w/ Kani Miso


Yakimono
Grilled Crab, Fried Walnuts

Nakacyoku
Tofu in a Yuzu Bowl, Yuzu Miso


Shiizakana
Hot Pot of Quail Meatball w/ Grated Daikon Radish, Quail Meats, Turnip, Taro, Carrot, Burdock, Green Onion, Mushroom, Turnip Greens Leaf

Gohan Tomewan
Steamed Rice w/ Salmon Roe
Napa Cabbage Soup, Soy Milk Skin, Black Pepper

Gohan Tomewan
Steamed Rice w/ Salmon Roe
Napa Cabbage Soup, Soy Milk Skin, Black Pepper

Tsukemono (Pickled Vegetables)

Napa Cabbage Soup, Soy Milk Skin, Black Pepper


Mizumono
Daishiro Persimmon Splashed w/ Brandy

Togo Packaging (500 yen)

菊乃井 赤坂店
赤坂6丁目13-8 Minato, 東京都 〒107-0052 Japan
03 3568 6055
kikunoi.jp