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Image 1: We called a month ahead but they were already fully booked for the week that we were in town. But luckily, they had a last minute cancellation while we were there so we skipped our prepaid tour that night suffering a lost of USD$100!
Similar to many Japanese restaurants we visited, it is a small restaurant with about 10 counter seats plus a private room upstairs.
Choice of 10, 15, or 18K Yen menu. Yes, we picked the 18K Yen menu.
Very colourful first course.
It consisted of corn paste, seaweed, eggplant, olive, pepper, trout sushi with numbing peppercorn seed, and markerel sandwiched in slices of turnip.
A small bowl containing sesame tofu with wintermelon underneath.
Busy grilling fish.
Chilled soba with raw egg white and Japanese white taro garnished with seaweed.
We had two fish courses coming up.
Grilled fish with tomato and pepper. We didn't like it at all.
The chef removed the bone and grilled separately. We didn't like this either -- it was just crunchy bitterness!
Sashimi course of sea bream
The raw fish is to be eaten with tomato jelly, ginger mousse, and numping green peppercorn. Quite a sensational sashimi course.
A delicate course of abalone with vinegrette and citric gel.
A vegetable soup containing "fat choy" (a hair-like Chinese vegetable.)
Despite the look, this dish was tasty. It was kind of like mushroom pÃ¢tÃ©.
An unusual course -- the chef called it Japanese risotto with plum vinagrette.
Brasied eggplant with white miso sauce topped with some fried eggplant skin.
It had slices of actual oyster inside.
The chef was very friendly. He tried his best to explain us each course.
Image 23: Grilled sea eel. Here they used a bigger type of eel which offered a different texture, but it was dominated by bitterness from the over-grilled skin! Also, we left a lot of onion on the plate and the chef found that upsetting!
A course of wild mushrooms.
Japanese traditional rice set
The usual practice for customers is to make their next reservation while eating there. That's the easiest way for a guaranteed booking.
A dessert consisted of basil ice cream with a touch of balsamic vinegrette, tofu, melon, red bean, sweet water jelly, and watermelon.
Image 33: Japan cheese, chocolate, 5-years old coffee liquor
I really hoped that I could say it was worth paying our USD$100 tour cancellation fee to come for this meal!