A Visual Diary of my travels mostly in Japan, but also around the world including the small details we sometimes overlook
Friday, February 18, 2011
My Birthday Dinner
If I remember what Sato said correctly, the place mats at this restaurant are hand written and painted that day. So this morning this paper was blank! I believe he said the owner of the restaurant does all of them herself, of course not many people are allowed into this restaurant in a day.
This was my place mat. Each place mat is different.This restaurant is called "Yoshikawa" as written on the coaster in the top right hand corner in Kanji.
This is Sato showing me his "I'm really hungry and can't wait for the feast to begin" face.
This little thing was our heater. Considering how small it was it kept the room at a decent temperature. I wouldn't have minded having this a closer to me though.
My view of our personal "kitchen". Our chef for the night puts our food together here, but the main kitchen is next door. So if he had to grill something or get drinks he had to leave the room.
I don't usually drink, but since it was my birthday and apparently I could drink as much as I wanted for the same price, so I ordered a beer! It looked so pretty that I had to take this picture.
Our first item of the night! Yay!! It was made out of fish and the soup was a thick broth, but it was very good! It was a good start to the feast.
Then we had some sashimi! It was very good. We had to eat the sashimi with little accents that you can see next to the fish on the plate. We also had ponzu in one dish, with grated Japanese radish and regular soy sauce in the left dish. The chef asked us to eat the fish in a certain combination to experience the flavor they wanted to express to us.
Some more fish fashioned into a ball with yuzu accents. Very flavorful!
Me, before I popped into my mouth.
I think this is self-explanatory.
This was mackeral wrapped in a thin layer of Japanese Radish.....one of my favorites!!
The dish on the left was baby eels. The flavor was very simple and didn't taste like grilled eel that I normally eat. In the middle dish it was very crunchy octopus, it was my favorite out of the three dishes. The dish on the right was vegetables, I think it was spinach or something like it, with radish onto. Very simple, but good.
Clam miso soup. It was very good, but I couldn't eat or drink this soup since I was getting full and wanted to eat the rest of the sushi course. lol But, don't worry it didn't go to waste, Sato ate the clams and drank the soup.
When I finished my beer I switched to sake! I got to choose which cup I wanted to drink out of. So many choices! Which one should I use????!
I chose this one! The sake was very refreshing it was a little on the sweeter side, since I don't like dry sake. It was very easy to drink and I'm sure it was expensive. This is probably the one and only time that I will be able to drink this sake. lol The man in the background is our personal chef for the night! He was very nice and Sato enjoyed talking to him all night.
Squid and ginger in the background.
This looks like beef, but actually it's tuna! It was sooooooooooo good! It just melted in my mouth!
My little dashi tamago! This is egg made with dashi, a broth from usually a type of seaweed. It was lovely!
Akagai....red clam. Normally, I don't like this clam, but this was a very good one!
The radish was cut into this little flower! It was made out of one piece!!
Grilled anago! The other eel. lol
Shirako....for lack of a better explanation in English......fish brains, BUT it's soooooo good! If you like foods that melt in your mouth, this is the best. It doesn't have a fishy flavor either. This was lightly roasted and had seven spices sprinkled on it, one of the spices is like cayenne pepper. It gives it a tiny tiny little kick.
Our dessert! It was grapefruit jelly with strawberries,mangoes and a little grapefruit within the grapefruit!
It was so good that I couldn't let the little bit that was left on the top go to waste! This entire course took 3 hours to complete. This is one of the reasons why you have to make a reservation in advance, because they only serve a small number of people in a day. They only gather enough food for the menu of that day for a certain number of people. This restaurant is in a area known as "Yoshikawa Mura" or Yoshikawa town. There are three restaurants run by the same owner. One is this sushi restaurant, another is a Japanese style restaurant, and the third one is an Italian restaurant. They are all supposedly good, but Sato has only been to this sushi restaurant....and wants to visit the other ones some time soon. lol I wouldn't say no to eating at the other two restaurants, especially if they are as good as this place, I'm in!! Thank Sato for the wonderful birthday dinner, it was awesome!!!!! \ (^-^) /