Kyoto is a magical place. Everything is prettier, meals more elaborate and tradition followed. Kaiseki was born in this lovely place. So it was only reasonable to go to a traditional Kaiseki Ryokan to try a nice Kaiseki dinner. Of course, being Kyoto it would be expensive.
Singaporean who knew their Kaiseki would remember Nadaman in Shangri-La. I had this opportunity to try out their branch in Shiodome 47.
What poetic sadness! Everything – the view, the food, the company – was temporal. The beauty of Kaiseki (Japanese-style Chef Degustation) is that it mimics life – it’s seasonal and you never know what you are going to get. And you can never repeat it again, unless (of course) you come again the next evening.
Kaiseki-ryori 懷石料理 is a multi-course Japanese dinner that is equivalent to Haute Cuisine in French cuisine. It features the ingredients of the season and showcase a whole array of style of the chef de cuisine. You never would have the same Kaiseki twice. If you are in Japan, you have to try this at least once,…