Annual Kaiseki Dinner
" What an exquisite experience - not only the first course but the entire menu! "
The popular annual Kaiseki dinner brought us back to the elegant Yurakuen of Diamond Hotel where our fellow member and hotel General Manger Vanessa Suatengco orchestrated a wonderful autumn banquet. We began with a delicately sweet, refreshing Yuzu liqueur aperitif.
The menu was annotated by the restaurant staff, giving some history and context to the dishes prepared.
Fresh Japanese oyster, Ponzu sauce
Steamed Japanese oyster, apple sauce
Japanese snow crabmeat, vinegared egg yolk sauce
Japanese snow crabmeat, fried tofu
Sashimi on ice
Japanese tai aburi
Tota shoyu, Irizake
Soya milk miso soup, salmon, hana fu
rolled Chinese cabbage, spinach, stewed radish
angel hair chili, onion leeks
Sea urchin tempura
Pork miso iberico, Japanese yam kushi age
Japanese snow crab claw
grilled sweet potato paste, chestnut paste
aonori ebi tempura (dried seaweed powder), vegetable
shitake mushroom, green chili, lotus root
Japanese Mekajiki (swordfish)
marinated (one week) in Yuzu Sugiitayaki
with pumpkin and Shimeji mushroom
chocolate crumble, fresh raspberry
Grilled saba sushi
Cold inaniwa udon
chicken breast, fried stewed tofu skin
Enjoyed the world over for their sea-kissed flavour and plump, juicy flesh, oysters are referred to as “the milk of the sea” for their high nutritional value. These gourmet delights have been consumed in Japan since the prehistoric Jomon period. There are several famous oyster-breeding regions in the country such as the Sanriku region, each recognized for its own prized variety of this saltwater bivalve.
Alongside the oysters for the first course was a crustacean of luxurious quality. Named for its snowy white meat, the Japanese snow crab is a wintertime delicacy, harvested from the deepest waters of the Sea of Japan. This seasonal seafood brought a subtle taste of brine in every shred of its firm and fibrous flesh.
What an exquisite experience - not only the first course but the entire menu!
One of those memorable evenings that cannot be fully described to anyone who wasn’t there. Top tip! Make sure when we do a great event that you are there.